There was a time when I found both Shiloh Musings and me-ander in the top listings. Then me-ander dropped down, and Shiloh Musings was around number 19 or 20. Not long ago I noticed that it was up to 8 or 9. And then it seemed like some sort of campaign to knock it down.
Not all of my posts are super great, and there's no objective criteria for what constitutes a great post. But when one of my political posts, illustrated with a photo (which I took) and then commentary on an article which is then reproduced gets "1 out of 5," you know that it's to knock it down in the standings.
Here's the important, crucial question:
- What constitutes a good post?
- What constitutes a poor post?
- What constitutes a great post?
I've hosted quite a few Havel Havelim's, and I've read more than my share of blog posts. I see a definite agenda in the ratings by some of those who obviously have nothing better to do than to spend their time giving low numbers when they don't like the message.
As an English teacher I have rubrics to help me mark compositions. And yes, they really help. I also use rubrics for project work. I'll make them up according to what I want to "weigh" more. They can include aesthetics, grammar, vocabulary organization etc.
When I blog, I do take all this into account. The other day when I was walking around, I noticed a terribly tattered flag and photographed it. Then I used it to illustrate The Tattered Flag Flies in Sderot. OK, I admit that I slightly "stretched it" by using a flag flying in Shiloh for a post about Sderot, but it's not a bad post. Many high-ranking posts are just copies of articles, and that includes some of mine. As of this moment, it has a phenomenal 131 points total but a 2 out of 5 average on jblog central. That's political, no doubt. A lot of people are using their limited voting power to knock me down.
Bagel Blogger has a voting system set up at the end of each post to get readers to vote, but that's beyond anything I can do, and I don't' think I should.
Enough kvetching. I have to get ready for Shabbat.