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December 05, 2006

A serious blog survey.

I met David Perlmutter (in digits) via email during the recent Israeli invasion of Lebanon, while I was helping Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee debunk the doctored pictures.

David is a photojournalist himself, who wrote an article in Editor and Publisher about the danger the photoshopping posed to ethical journalism. He is on the faculty at Kansas University, just down the road.

He's also interested in blogs and blogging. Heck, he sends his students to go read SWWBO!

Anyway - KU and Wisconsin are collaborating on a study of blogs. SWWBO was in the first wave of the survey. The Castle is in the second wave. If you've got some time, click the link below and take the survey. It's not too painful, I took it for SWWBO. And I'm not going to be hurt (nor will I know, either) if you aren't listing the Castle in the Top 5 blogs you visit every day. This place ain't striving any more to be that kind of place. We're where you come to relax.

Click here to take the survey.

If you missed it at SWWBO's, go here.

Well, unless Sanger or Ry has a hair up. Then it can get lively. When they have the results, we'll publish 'em if they'll let us.

Comments on A serious blog survey.
afsister briefed on December 5, 2006 12:30 PM

It's 1:30... and I'm the first comment of the day? JEEZ. People with *real* jobs... get in the way of all of the fun.

I took the survey, John.

jim b briefed on December 5, 2006 12:50 PM

jim b saunters in and sits.

So AFsis, tell me then what brings a nice lady like you to a place like this?

A.Political action
C.Hanging with people who share your views
D.Total Boredom
E.Sincere desire to improve your mind

After being here do you feel:

After being here would you come back:
B.Semi Frequently
D.When Hell Freezes Over

Reading other people's comments makes you:
1.Laugh Out Loud
2.Feel a Strong Gag Reflex Reaction
3.Seek Mental Help
4.Take Off Your Clothes, Set Your Hair on Fire, Run Out into the Streets and Do Damage.

AFSister briefed on December 5, 2006 01:14 PM

Is "all of the above" a choice, Jim? How about "most of the time" for 4b?

SangerM briefed on December 5, 2006 01:54 PM

HEY!! That IS me ^&#($^#)*%%&^ relaxing!!!

Sheesh, canchew tell!?!?


BTW, not a bad survey either... Be interesting to see the result.

ry briefed on December 5, 2006 04:53 PM

Huh? Why and what am I getting castigated for now? Geez. Don't even do anything, yet, and I'm getting looked at askance. Do one little thing, like build a rep for being brittle, and people never let you forget it. Jeeez;)

ry briefed on December 5, 2006 05:36 PM

John, I think it says top five political blogs. Niether SWWBO or Argghhh! really fit the category of 'political'. There's definitely a philosophy underlying both, but neither is a soapbox primarily to espouse either. When they say political I think of things like The Corner, The Plank, Red State, DKos, etc. Argghhh, SWWBO, B5, etc, occupy a different genre (milblog---while having a political component at times the main focus isn't politics, unlike at The Corner.).

If they include Argghhh as a political blog then we're working from wildly different def'n and they need to tell us test takers what their def'n is to ensure they get good data. Experimental design is always a hassle.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 5, 2006 05:51 PM

I dont' think the assumption is that Argghhh! will appear in your choices. I think they're really trying to measure who reads blogs, and what they read for what purpose - more than determining a ranking or interest in a specific blog.

That's why there's big blogs and little blogs in the list, as well as those of us in the middle.

But I'll still send your comments to Dave.

Cricket briefed on December 5, 2006 09:17 PM

Well over at the WeBlog Awards you have made it into the top 250 blogs. Not bad.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 5, 2006 09:23 PM

Thanks, Cricket - but it also means for the first time ever, I wasn't a finalist in the milblogs category.

Which is kinda sad, but, I haven't been keeping up my end of things, either.

I guess I really *am* retired, now.

Damn that beard is grey.

Trias briefed on December 5, 2006 10:29 PM

I was thinking that too Ry. To me Arghh is quasi political. We'd all be driving the porcelain bus if it were pure politics I think.

John of Argghhhh! briefed on December 5, 2006 10:36 PM

We'd all be driving the porcelain bus if it were pure politics I think.

Gad, I'm not sure I've been insulted, or just gotten a back-handed compliment, or what...

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