... feminist, atheist, autistic academic and historic narrowboater ...
Likes snooker, beer, tea, rivets and solitude, and is strangely fascinated by the cinema organ.
And there might be something about railways.

Wednesday 17 February 2010

Not that I'm competitive

But wooo!
But I must confess to being gratified, as well as amazed, to see Chertsey zooming up the charts in the last few days, culminating in the dizzy heights of actually overtaking (by a few clicks) the venerable Bones last night. I certainly never thought I'd see that day. I took a screen grab to save the moment for posterity - fifteen in the overall chart and FIVE in the blogs chart. I can't see it getting any better than that.

It's fascinating following the chart, and Chertsey's progress in it. It really does seem as if more people look when I write about something interesting - particularly Chertsey itself (which is nice), than when I'm just wittering on to fill space - but how do you know it's going to be interesting, before you look? Or is it that on the more substantial posts, people look more than once, come back to make a comment, see if there have been any new comments.

Because that is something I have been really chuffed by - the fact that so many and varied people are commenting. My first experience of blogs - one I stumbled upon completely by accident (yes, I know - science! Me! I found it while searching for information on Amitai Etzioni, and that day it featured a post about how wonderful the stoical British response to terrorism was... and I stayed for the atheism, although I hadn't visited for ages until today. It hasn't changed much, and I'm going to go back and have a read as soon as I've posted this) - was characterised by the informed and often heated conversations that went on in the comments, and that's always stuck in my mind as part of what blogging is about - a conversation, not just a series of one-way announcements. So if you read this but haven't commented yet, why not say hello? It would be lovely to know who else is out there.

So, I bet it'll start slipping down the chart again now I've posted this load of empty ramblings. Never mind, I've had my moment of glory.


  1. Sarah, Hello.

    You're on my follow list so I get a preview.

    Slipped up this time though (only joking)

  2. Sarah
    The blog hits seem to have a life of their own, and dont exactly corrspond to the site meter.
    I think the key has to be an interesting back catalogue of posts which people find by searching, supplemented by a gaggle of regular followers.
    Captain Ahab zipped up from the mid 30's last Autumn to a high of 18 at Christmas before settling to mid 20 mediocrity.
    I rarely write something and think - that will be perennially popular, so instead I write about what interests me as a sort on on line notebook and if others care to dip in and take a look thats great.
    My most populat items? - recollections about Coltishall in Norfolk from my childhood and my exploration of the line of the Bentley Canal.
    A mildly suggestive title helps too!

  3. I reckon Chertsey's natural position is around the 20 mark - that's why I'm making the most of this while it lasts!

  4. Sarah, I hope Bones doesn't mind being called "venerable"!

    On chart position: aside from the Granny Effect I reckon that if my own blog rises it's because other bloggers have dropped through lack of activity; and if my blog falls it's because people know that it might be boring!

    The reason "Chertsey" is doing well is because you write it well. You deserve to be up there.

    (One of these days I'll click the button which makes my blog available to search engines and see if that makes a difference. I haven't done it yet because I don't like the idea of robots (web-bots?) "crawling" over my oeuvre.)

    Andy, mid 20s is not mediocrity. I'm pleased when I reach the top 30.