#2? Really?

Here’s a mystery, although I’m sure Dave could explain it: At the moment, this little blog is #2 in the Hot or Not hit parade...just below In the Library with the Lead Pipe and above ALA TechSource Blog.

And my other blog, PLN Highlights, is #26.

Which, since PLN Highlights posts are repeated here, suggests a correlation…

I’m surprised someone hasn’t recorded their blog’s ranking each day over, say, a month, and published the resulting graph. (No, I’m not about to do that; I only check this once a week or so, purely for amusement purposes, mostly to see which odd set of blogs is in the top 5 or 10. Today, Dion Hinchcliffe, UK Web Focus, Sintoblog, Library & Information Update blog, Coffee|Code, The Gaming Zone, Ramblings of a Remote Worker fill out the top ten–which means six of the “hottest” ten library blogs are ones I’ve never really read or heard of. That probably says more about me than about them. Yes, Dan, Coffee|Code is the one other than the top three that I do read regularly.)

Tomorrow? I might be back down to #300 or so. But I probably won’t know…

The lesson here, obviously, given the #26 ranking: Use the PALINET Leadership Network. It will make you hot. Or at least better informed.

5 Responses to “#2? Really?”

  1. As I understand it, Hot or Not mostly just counts words. We’re long form, so we’re hot.

  2. walt says:

    I don’t think it’s word count–it’s how the words you use reflect the “heat” of various words used in blogs: The extent to which you reflect Today’s Zeitgeist, in a way. And boy, is it variable!

  3. Dave Pattern says:

    You’re spot on, Walt.

    To try and figure out what’s “hot”, the code looks at the word usage frequency in the last 2 or 3 days compared to older blog posts. Specifically, the frequency is the number of posts the word appears in, divided by the total number of posts.

    Where the frequency is higher in recent posts, a word is hotter. When the frequency is higher in older posts, the word is colder.

    The score for the blog is calculated (and I’ll be the first to admit that this is a very crude way of doing it) by totalling up the values for each of the words in the 3 most recent posts from that blog. Colder words are given a negative value.

    The total number of words in the blog post certainly seems to be a factor, with “wordy” blogs more likely to be at the top or bottom of the list. Presumably that’s because there is a greater chance to gain or lose points. Or, to put it the other way, a short blog post has less chance of gaining/losing lots of points.

    Now, as to what the list truly represents, I really wouldn’t like to say!

  4. walt says:

    Thanks for the explanation. So “In the library…” is indeed likely to be even more volatile than most. (And lately, I guess my own posts have been running long.)

    One reason I have a bookmark for the page: It’s a source of liblogs that I would never have known about (and that aren’t in my latest study), worth looking over once in a while. And it’s fun.

  5. walt says:

    Speaking of volatility: On 2/6, I was at #3. On 2/7, #13.

    And on 2/8: #454. Now that’s volatility!