Patterns of change (Liblog Landscape 2007-2008, 6)

Happy Thanksgiving, for U.S. readers! (No, I didn’t write this today. WordPress makes postdating easy.)

What do LibraryTechNZ, Librarian on the edge, Off the Mark, Pop Culture Librarian and Thoughts from Carl Grant have in common?

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008: Introductory Offer

You’ll find the answer and more in The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008: A Lateral Look.

This 285-page 6×9 trade paperback looks at 607 liblogs (nearly all English-language) and, for most of them, how they’ve changed from 2007 to 2008.

It’s the most comprehensive look at liblogs ever done–and the only one I know of that shows how they’re changing from year to year.

From now through January 15, 2009, and only from Lulu, The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 is available for $22.50 plus shipping.

On January 16 or thereabouts, that price will go up to $35.00. If and when the book is available on Amazon, it will immediately sell for $35.00.

Chapter 6: Patterns of change

By my lights, this is one of the most interesting chapters–one that combines facets of blogs to look at patterns. Specifically, I look at change in number of posts, change in average post length and change in comments per post.

The chapter actually includes two models to describe change: One a simple “up or down” model, one splitting metrics into three parts: Significant increase (20% or more), significant decrease (-20% or more) and “about the same” (+19% to -19%).

I think you’ll find this to be an interesting and possibly revealing chapter. It’s also the chapter that convinces me that my naive hypotheses are right in some ways, wrong in others…which can be said of almost any hypothesis regarding the overall liblog landscape!

Who’s here, 6

Fifty-one more liblogs with the number of index entries for each:

Hint

You already know that the answer’s not in Chapter 6. You’ll find it on page 34, and it involves blogs most closely fitting a particular term that has nothing to do with blogs.

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