Monday, August 28, 2006

What I found today - magic!

What is the difference between a trackback and a permalink? Not sure if I'll discover today but maybe eventually - one of you can help me distinguish. I'm not sure it even matters. But being a detailed and curious sort - sometimes a burden - I gotta know - HA! Are they merely different url's to the same place? Does it have something to do with technorati and all that jazz?

David - here is the trackback - over at Logic+Emotion - here is the permalink - continues the great conversation on his levels of blog influence through links. I'm a bit humbled that he considered the ripples metaphor. Thanks, D!

Gavin added an insightful comment to the my last post, too. Particularly the "overheard conversation". Jules Pfieffer, the cartoonist, made an entire career of drawing these moments. Through Gavin's blog - Servant of Chaos - I found a celebration for a 3rd birthday for Russell Davies - here is trackback. Russell would rank as a 1st level influencer based on David's graphic (+1000 links) and Technorati's metrics. I'm still connecting what all this means. Visit his place - here is the permalink - for a real treat for the eye balls! And tips for long term blogging. Thanks for a slice of your life, Russell!

While tracking levels of influence conversation, I noticed Mack at Viral Garden - weighed in. Then Mack was generous enough to add a comment here. That makes comments from 3 unique bloggers to one post! Plus I now have 3 blogs that link to this one!

3 really is a magic number! And the ripples roll!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Blog Influence by links

I'm trying to figure out what drives people to a blog. Specifically this one. The virgin blogger - guess who? - is faced with an overload of options. The learning curve is steep. And we look for "influencers". Links on the right point to those who have influenced me one way or another. And that is only a start...I'd like to thank the academy, my mother and father....ooops - thats for another post :)

David Armano at Logic+Emotion gives a graphic of his perception. It makes logical sense. The challenging part for me is to make it less linear. More organic - more spherical. I think we can all agree the real point of blogging is to create conversation. That is the grand opportunity we are given with this tool of communication. And it is a special thrill to get a comment on any given entry.

Here's my question. Is blog readership linear to start? Then at some point - the point of conversation - it becomes like ripples in a stream?