Walt at Random

Blake beat me to the punch (and I wasn't actually going to propose a news story), but for both of you who read this:

Walt at Random is now live, with two (count them! 2) posts and a surprising number of early comments.

The date was deliberately chosen to match the importance of the new weblog--but rest assured, W.a.R. will still be there on April 2.

Here's what I do know about editorial policy: Walt at Random will not in any way weaken Cites & Insights.

What I don't know:

  • Whether or how the two will complement one another, or how/whether W.a.R. will complement "disContent" in EContent or "PC Monitor" in Online or...
  • How often I'll post, or what the real topical range will be, or whether this will be one of the majority of new weblogs that fades away...
  • Whether or how often I'll rotate names in and out of the sidebar links. For now, I'm deliberately only including a handful of names, and initially avoiding the "A list" of library bloggers.
  • Whether I'll achieve my goal of reaching the library "C list" level, which I place at 20+ Bloglines subscriptions. Or maybe even the "B list" (100+)...

I suspect W.a.R. will largely supplant this journal, but perhaps not entirely. We shall see.


Whadja get? I mean, I know mine were devastatingly clever, but what about others?

Almost all of them are in comments elsewhere in this journal--I think I got two (including one of yours?) via email.

And part of me says "Walt at Random" was second best--that best would have been to emulate Lorcan Dempsey and just name it "Walt Crawford's weblog." But W.a.r. it is...

And I've achieved my goal (making it to the "C list" of library bloggers, which I defined as having 20+ subscriptions to W.a.R. on Bloglines): there were 68 as of a few minutes ago.

How many letters down does the list go? By your definition, I'm on the C list. Is there a D or E?
(Just trying to make myself feel good about my very modest following).

As Karen S. has pointed out (at W.a.R.), the whole "A list" thing is a trap of sorts (which I actually don't take very seriously).

There's a good essay on the whole structure of weblog audiences, and if I run into it again (if I ever get organized!), I may comment on this in some medium.

My own take is something like this, and I'm only looking at the library field:

  • "A list"--NOTHING to do with quality or significance, only with readership--those with a very broad readership, comparable to a major list or significant print journal, quite possibly including people outside the library field (e.g., Jenny L.). My informal cutoff at this point is 500+ Bloglines subscribers, which I use WAG Statistical Methodology (Wild-Ass Guess, that is) to project to at least 2000 total readers.
  • "B list"--substantial readership but not as broad, either because it's more specialized, newer, less inviting, or whatever. Say the readership of a specialized library journal, perhaps 500 to 2000 real readers. I use an informal cutoff of 100 Bloglines subscribers...
  • "C list"--established but relatively narrow readership, for whatever reasons. Say 100 to 500 real readers. I use an informal cutoff of 20 Bloglines subscribers...
  • Everybody else--which includes new weblogs, ones that are really "talking to my friends and family," ones with extremely narrow focus, ones that are withering away...

And, again, this is all mostly nonsense. I set 20 Bloglines subscriptions as a bar for W.a.R. because I was pretty sure I could get over that hurdle. I would be shocked to reach 500, unless people think that W.a.R. will actually supplant C&I instead of complementing it.

I was just trying to figure out total LISNews bloglines subscribers, it's going to take more work than I'd hoped (more than 2 minutes), all I can say is alot, maybe around 1,000 er so total for all our feeds.Though it's "wrong" bloglines lists how many subscribers each feed has in our logs, so each time bloglines hits one of our feeds it tells us how many subscribers that feed has. So it's rather easy to grep out exact numbers I suppose, but a bit more than I can do right now.e.g. "GET /lisnews.rss HTTP/1.1" 200 21045 "-" "Bloglines/2.0 (http://www.bloglines.com; 12 subscribers)the lisnews.rss file has 12 subscribers on bloglines. Walt has 32, many user journals have anywhere from 1 to a few dozen. lisnews.rss has 670, and there's a bunch of other feeds with over 100.Of course, are those unique subscribers? WAG says no. Measuring LISNews readership is a fun game to play indeed.

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