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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I GOTS NO KLOUT!

CAN I GETS A BAILOUT? I GOTS NO KLOUT!
Sorry for the poor grammar in the title, I just couldn't help myself. I picked up a really cool linkback gadget from Bacon and Eggs.  The linkback gadget automatically posts linkbacks to everyone who visits my blog. Likewise, it lets me see who has been here.

Yesterday, while checking out the linkbacks, I noticed a URL that I didn't recognize. So I did what any other person would do that doesn't worry about downloading viruses, I clicked on it :-).

Turns out, Claire Wolfe over at Backwoods Home gave me a flattering shout out in a recent blog about Situational Awareness. Thanks Claire! This one blog post has sent over 60 people to my blog and it is really exciting to think that someone else is enjoying my writings. If you read my work you'll see that I'm still developing a writing style but I'm having a great time in the process. I'd also like to think that all those English classes in college might turn out to be useful after all (my fav was ENG 301 Writing For The Professions.)

Anywho, while soaring on cloud 9 thanks to Claire, I happily clicked on another unfamiliar blog analytic URL. This one, turns out, was a reader brought to my blog by Google. This reader went to Google and typed in the search terms "dad blogs." Another Hooray! I was #6 on the Google results for Dad Blogs. This is all silly, of course. I'm somehow justifying in my mind that the popularity of my blog would indicate that my writings are worthy of reading. I can dream, right?

Sure enough, I poked around long enough to find out how NOT popular I am. In the same "Dad Blogs" search mentioned above, and in a result higher than my #6 placement, was a blog post titled The Top 50 Dad Blogs. Was I listed? Of course not. I haven't been blogging for years and years like most successful bloggers so I chalked that loss up to being new in the field. But wait, as I read the Top 50 blog post, the capitalized word "Klout" keeps getting mentioned. Klout?

Turns out the Top 50 Dad Blogs were picked solely on their Klout scores. What's a Klout score? That's what I said...so I had to Google it. Appearantly there's some sort of ranking system based on your activity on Facebook and Twitter. I don't know about anybody else but I was sick of Facebook a year after it came out. I thought for sure people would be sick of it by now. Guess not. I don't even have a Twitter account and haven't planned on getting one.

So, just when I thought I was all that and a bag of chips, turns out...I ain't gots no Klout at all.

4 comments:

Arsenius the Hermit said...

Well, for what it's worth, I enjoy reading your blog. I don't think how many read is as important as what the ones who do get out of it. On that score, you would get high marks I think.

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

@Arsenius Thanks bud. I enjoy your blog too. Top 50 or not, I enjoy blogging and thats what I'm here for.

naturegirl said...

Hehe, I noticed the same name that was on Claire's blog also showed up at Patrice's....so I had to come and see if it was the same person (DUH, the name is to unique for it to be more than one).....so right now I'm here wandering around -n- reading.....

I'm getting a kick out of you checking out your stats, it's almost like a Sally Field moment "you love me, you really love me" reaction....hehehe.....but hey, at least you are blogging, the fame will come in time LOL

The Orange Jeep Dad said...

Well, I gave in. I now have a FB page AND a Twitter page. Links should be posted at the top of my homepage.

Now, SHOW ME SOME KLOUT! lol.

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