Conversations (Liblog Landscape 2007-2008, 4)

What do uncaged librarian, User Education Resources for Librarians, geeky artist librarian, Not So Distant Future and Sites and Soundbytes have in common with a liblog noted in an earlier question?

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 4: Conversations

Is a blog without comments really a blog? Of course it is–but comments are important to many, maybe most liblogs. This chapter looks at total comments per blog and the more interesting figure, conversational intensity: Average number of comments per post. As usual, we also look at how things change from 2007 to 2008.

One blog in 2007 had more than 1,000–and more than 1,500–comments over three months. Two entirely different blogs had more than 1,000 (but less than 1,300) comments in the 2008 study period. And roughly two out of every five blogs had significantly higher conversational intensity in 2008 than in 2007.

There’s lots more about comments and conversational intensity in the book.

Who’s there, part 4

Fifty more liblogs and the number of times each appears in the index:


You’ll find the answer on page 37. If you’re wondering, the questions never (so far) relate directly to the chapters discussed.

2 Responses to “Conversations (Liblog Landscape 2007-2008, 4)”

  1. Jennifer says:

    An intriguing marketing strategy. I find myself looking forward to each new post. I am indeed curious to know what the blogs have in common. I can’t comment if they would have prompted to buy the book, since I bought a copy before I read the first post. I am looking forward to reading it. Hopefully, it will arrive Friday or Saturday.

  2. walt says:

    “Marketing strategy” is kind. The idea came to me as I was preparing the initial introduction. I would worry about people being annoyed by the post-a-day, but with aggregators it’s so easy to skip over posts…

    And thanks for buying a copy! Hope you enjoy it.