Evolution in the Blogosphere

No, this isn’t a post about Intelligent Design, but about how the blogosphere might respond to the recent changes N. Z. Bear’s Ecosystem. BlogCarnival.com has new code that bloggers can put on their blog (hat tip Instapundit). It would provide a permanant and easy way of linking to the multitude of carnivals that are out there. I’m sure that other people will come up with other ways to try and boost their ecosystem ranking that will induce another change in how the ecosystem measures blog popularity.

FILED UNDER: Blogosphere, General
Steve Verdon
About Steve Verdon
Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended graduate school at The George Washington University, leaving school shortly before staring work on his dissertation when his first child was born. He works in the energy industry and prior to that worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Division of Price Index and Number Research. He joined the staff at OTB in November 2004.


  1. Percy says:

    You guys spend an awful lot of time worrying about this stupid “Bear Ecosystem” nonsense. Who cares? What’s got to do with anything??

  2. John Burgess says:

    Despite my concerns expressed earlier, I find myself evolving! Crossroads Arabia, now with feathers!

  3. Elmo says:

    I dropped seven different phyla while devolving. I said seven right? I got over it. I rather like the new current integrity, lack of crowding/density. Seems like more of what it once was, a long time ago. Even if current trends favor the geriatric blogs. But this kind of goofs things agin’ don’ it?

  4. […] What does this have to do with blogging, you might ask? It has everything to do with the ongoing self-congratulatory, self-propping egotistical maneuvering that is going on in the blogosphere. First it was the pajama orgy, then it was the crazy ongoing debate about “the ecosystem” which ranks blogs based on the number of folks who have linked to them and seemingly continues to be exploited for the benefit of the egos.  Darren points out evidence that links don’t mean a thing if no one is reading (if I can make that logical conclusion).  Now it’s the “Weblog Awards”, which seems to be another opportunity to pat the same old people on the back – the old boys club.  Example, Rob (who is a self-proclaimed NON-A-lister) posts about the Weblog awards and how  “it’s a new day…and you can vote again”.  Granted, I believe Rob when he says it’s all for fun.  But if you go to each of the blogs nominated for an award, they are all pushing and promoting themselves like they are running for a political office. […]