Saturday, November 05, 2005

All Those Blogs Can't Really be Worth More than Sphere, Can They?

I was reading Pat Burns's Nature Noted blog a few minutes ago and noticed something on his left sidebar that said his blog was worth $12,419.88. I clicked on the link and saw that another blogger has come up with a device that uses a links-to-dollar ratio, based on the AOL-Weblogs deal, that puts a monetary value on blogs.

I couldn't resist. Surely Sphere is worth more than Nature Noted! I plugged Sphere's URL in, only to find out that Burns's blog is worth $1,129.08 more than Sphere! Even though Pat seems like a good guy and he linked to my blog early on, it was too much for my ego to bear. So I went through most of my links and bookmarked blogs just to prove that Sphere was more "valuable."

Jon Christensen's Uneasy Chair? $20,323.44! Baysense? $23,146.14! A relative upstart like the DC Birding Blog? $23,146.14!

All of them worth more than Sphere? Outrageous. What about John Massengale, an architect and planner who I happen to know personally? His blog is worth $33,872.40! And 10,000 Birds? Mike, who lives in the Bronx no less, is killing me -- $42,905.04!

This it truly humbling.

My opinion about the quality of these blogs compared to mine goes without saying, of course. But just in case Jon and Pat and Mike and the others let this bogus "valuation" go to their heads, I made a list -- and included Talking Points Memo. Now they can see what it feels like to be way behind.

Talking Points Memo: $2,320,823.94

Design Observer: $387,274.44

The Commons: $86,939.16

City Comforts: $77,906.52

10,000 Birds: $42,905.04

Bootstrap Analysis: $34,436.94

John Massengale: $33,872.40

Baysense: $23,146.14

DC Birding Blog: $23,146.14

The Uneasy Chair: $20,323.44

Nature Noted: $12,419.88

Sphere: $11,290.80


Blogger Pat Burns said...

Tom, for you I'm willing to sell the entire Nature Noted empire for just 10 grand. Cash would be fine.

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Nuthatch said...

I'm sure my husband would say I've easily puttered away well over $34K worth of time on Bootstrap Analysis! But you know, it's the people you "meet" that are priceless.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Clearly, I need to start charging more...

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Jon Christensen said...

You really want to put us in our place? Check out where we are in this ecosystem according to the Truth Laid Bear.

6:40 PM  

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