Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I'm Not Influential

So apparently the South Dakota Blogosphere has been abuzz lately over some out-of-state blog-thing. The reason for all the excitement is because this Blognetnews site decided to rank the most influential South Dakota blogs. Here's their list:

1. South Dakota War College
2. DakotaWomen
3. Typos and tribulations
4. Haggard News
5. Straight Talk
6. Badlands Blue
7. Sibby Online
8. Mount Blogmore
9. Northern Valley Beacon
10. robbinsdale radical
11. Madville Times
12. S.D. Watch
13. A South Dakota Moderate
14. Left Dakota Right Dakota South Dakota
15. South Dakota Politics
16. SouthDakotaMac
17. New Yankton
18. Hog House Blog
19. Rant-a-Bit by Scott Hudson

Now did anything about that list seem jaw-droppingly odd to you? If your first thought was "How did Sibby rank so high?" you're close.

I am astonished that this run-down dump of a blog ranked #4. Seriously, how did I rank that high? I barely post anymore and lately most of my posts have been about Canton. How does that make me influential?

I guess Canton was in the news a bit last week, what with the election for the nine new city commissioners. So maybe I had a lot of traffic even though I didn't post anything? But I checked and it said I didn't even get over 200 visitors that week.

So I'm calling shenanigans on's "rankings." (Except for the first two) I also find it hilarious that their rankings disclaimer says "BlogNetNews' Blogosphere Influence Rating combines a variety of data sets to determine which blogs are most powerfully influencing the direction of the South Dakota political blogosphere."

And I think these rankings will be interesting to watch. It looks like they update them once in a while. At least that's my assumption for why New Yankton and Hog House Blog have numbers after them.


coralhei said...

Hey, Haggs! Nice to hear from you again! This math major agrees -- something's out of whack with BNN's formula. Ranking Madville Times above SD Watch and SD Politics is just silly. And Badlands Blue -- I hate to sound like a traitor to the party, but since when does a hired out-of-state consultant rank more highly than a whole slew of homegrown bloggers? All sounds fishy to me!

Dave Mastio said...

The rankings are weekly, so they jump around a lot depending on the news and from week to week sometimes there are results that take some digging to understand.

One of the things were working on is a three-month moving average and some other metrics that should make the whole thing more transparent.

davdjb said...

Hey Haggs! Like your blog, I can see it at number 1 some day. To bad SD Watch is even on there, he is a nut!

I like reading your take on Canton. I've only been here 6 years but was easily sucked into all the local drama of our leaders.

Anyway, cya at Kelo!

Anonymous said...

Where are you???? There has to be some excitement in the town with the naming of the new assistant chief. What do you know?