Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Regarding the Blog Pack

Yesterday I said:
CrazyKinux is looking for input on the new Eve Blog Pack. I was going to submit a list of my favourite blogs but got paranoid I might miss some and offend someone. In the end I opted to not provide input as it all feels very reminiscent of high school popularity games to me (and that was a game I failed at hard). I understand the value of the blog pack to focus people to the quality content, but I wish there was a more objective measure.

Regardless, thanks to all those who put forth this humble blog, it means a lot to me.
Since then others have voiced similar concerns about the "popularity contest" feel of it and how it relates to Capsuleer. There have been some discussions on twitter as well. So I decided to take a minute to weigh in my full position.

1. The Eve Blog Pack is useful. It focuses people new to the community to the blogs that have garnered recognition due to effort of the authors.

2. Not all of the best writers are going to be in any Blog Pack. Newer writers just starting out might need time to build up readership, and older writers fading out still have lots of name recognition.

3. The popularity aspect of the input is unfortunate but not mean-spirited. I chose not to give a list because I was concerned about missing good blogs myself. If we were going to determine the blogs of the pack via popularity alone, I'd prefer an automated voting system per post rather than per blog.

4. CrazyKinux should have the final say as to what blogs are in the Pack. Its as objective as it needs to be and if anyone disagrees so much, they can make their own Eve Blog Pack listing. If he goes inactive for a period and his Blog Pack goes stale, well.... welcome to the internet.

For myself, I neither subscribe to the Blog Pack blogs automatically or entire OPML of eve blogs. Instead I subscribe to blogs as I come across them through links or references and find the content interesting. Without looking at CK's site or Capsuleer I couldn't tell you who is currently in the Blog Pack besides myself. I'm sure there are some really good Eve blogs I have not read yet but I have no interest in having a Google Reader subscription list of 500 eve blogs in order to find them. I've removed blogs that were active but the content did not interest me.

At the end I'm glad to be on the Blog Pack for the recognition, but would not change how I do things if I was not on it. Ultimately I blog for my own satisfaction, readers and commentators is just bonus.

4 comments:

  1. "It focuses people new to the community to the blogs that have garnered recognition due to effort of the authors."

    This is simply untrue. The last time we watched the Blog Pack go through this, brand new, unestablished, rarely updated blogs were added.

    CK makes the selections, with whatever weight to the input he decides, and I should note I do not question his right to do so, or his selections. But lets not pretend that the BP is an elite listing when its just one person's list of blogs.

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  2. "It focuses people new to the community to the blogs that have garnered recognition due to effort of the authors."

    This is simply untrue. The last time we watched the Blog Pack go through this, brand new, unestablished, rarely updated blogs were added.

    CK makes the selections, with whatever weight to the input he decides, and I should note I do not question his right to do so, or his selections. But lets not pretend that the BP is an elite listing when its just one person's list of blogs.

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  3. They may have been new and rarely updated, but they garnered CK's recognition for their efforts. Thus I stand by my words. I said nothing of their quality or quantity.

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  4. First off - sorry about the double post above. If there's a way to remove it let me know, I've never double posted anywhere before and its kinda embarrassing.

    Secondly, thanks for the clarification, I read too much into what you wrote. My apologies!

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