on Oct 1, 2006
Ernesto Burden is another person who has dicovered the fun of using Comic Book Creator.
Seth Godin has a bunch of statistics over at his blog. Fun stuff like:
- 31.4% of Americans don’t have internet access.
(I assume this means ‘don’t have internet access in their homes’)
- 90% of the people in France have not created a blog.
Which is a pretty good set-up for a joke. The exercise is left to the reader. The rest of the statistics are interesting as well.
Here is the thing about this guy’s blog, which ties in with what he was saying with all of these statistics: I’ve never heard of Seth Godin. I spend every single day bouncing around blogtopia and I’ve never stumbled across his site. He’s in the Technorati top 100, and almost 6,000 people (!) have linked to him. At #39, he’s in the top 0.002% of all blogs*. He has a bunch of books. Yet I’ve never heard the name, seen the face, read the blog, or saw one of those books.
This reminds me of the post I had a while back on finding good blogs within the long tail. I keep trying to think of blogs in familiar terms – like books or movies or TV. If a book is in the top 0.002% of all books, then we’re talking about some universally recognized books: Treasure Island. The Bible. Catch-22. Not everyone has read them, but good luck trying to find someone who never heard of them. In the same way, the top 0.002% of all movies would be stuff like Gone With The Wind and Citizen Kane. Everyone in the English-speaking world has heard of those. But a blog that is in the top 0.002% can still be virtually unknown, even among avid blog readers. The world of blogs is so diffuse it defies old ways of thinking about fame and recognition.
* This is assuming there are 1.5 million blogs out there, a number which is just a guess. When my site was new and unlinked, it was ranked 1.5 millionth, and I’m assuming new blogs start at the bottom. This is also assuming Technorati rankings have meaning. Note that lots of blog-style sites that do not use proper blogging software are omitted. For example, I don’t think Chizumatic appears on Technorati. So, all of this might be useless and a waste of your time.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.