Preface: I still don’t much care for “biblioblogosphere.” For one thing, there are loads of “biblio” blogs–blogs about books–outside of library blogs. For another, “sphere” implies something I don’t necessarily agree with. So I’m using “liblogs,” also less than ideal since it could apply more directly to blogs from libraries. There really isn’t a perfect word. Life is like that.
I do plan to do another investigation of sorts, probably significantly different than last year’s. I haven’t started (and won’t until after ALA), and I haven’t made any final decisions about how and what. But there are two things that bloggers out there could do to help, or at least to clarify. (A modified version of this post will appear in the next C&I and in posts to some lists, I think.)
- Want to opt out? If you just don’t want your blog involved at all, here’s what you need to do: Send email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading Liblog optout, and give the name of your blog and an email address I can use to verify that it’s you and not someone else. You don’t need to provide a reason. (I think this year’s look will be even less “hierarchical” than last year’s, and I can’t imagine why you’d want to be excluded, but it’s your blog and your business.) If you opt out, your blog just won’t appear. Period. Email should reach me by July 15, 2006.
- Usage numbers? I’d like to try to correlate Bloglines subscription counts with direct/indirect readership. You can help, if you have access to stats for your weblog. I won’t name names or provide individual figures, but if I get enough numbers, I may do a paragraph or two about correlations. Here’s what you can do to help:
- Find two figures for May 2006: The average sessions per day (or total sessions: I can divide by 31), which is almost always easy to find, and the unique visitors during the month–or “unique IP addresses” if that’s what you have. Sometimes that’s a little harder to find.
In a standard Urchin install, go to Domains and Users, then IP Addresses. The first page will have text something like this:
IP Addresses (1-10) / 1,930
the number after the slash is the number I want–in this case, 1,930.
In a standard Weblog Expert install, it should be right on the General Statistics page, as “Total Unique IPs.”
I know it’s readily available in WebTrends, and should be available in most any statistics package.
- Send email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Liblog usage, and include in the body the name of the blog and the two figures (clarifying whether sessions is average per day or total for May 2006).
- Email should reach me by July 31, 2006.
That’s it. I hope not to get any of the first category of email, but will honor whatever I do get (and can verify). I hope to get at least 10-15 of the second category. As Gmail users can guess, I’m using the subject lines so I don’t have to gather up lots of individual emails; I should wind up with one “conversation” in each category. (But if you get the subject lines wrong, I’ll deal with it.)
Thanks. Oh, by the way, if you have a liblog–not an official library blog–that you think I’ll overlook because it’s not listed in any of the typical places, you could also send me appropriate email.