Wagging the blog

This BlogShares thing just isn’t working out right at all. I was supposed to be manipulating the market for my own benefit. I wasn’t supposed to be linking to people, however deserving, just because they gave me shares in their blog, and I certainly wasn’t supposed to be posting when I have nothing useful to say, just hoping that the bot will finally notice my ill-gotten gains from the Haloscan link and re-value me, so I can dump some shares. I’m starting to get the feeling that I’m not the manipulator at all.


Comment by Damelon Kimbrough #
2003-04-15 23:17:55

Shouldn’t your title be ”Wagging the Blogger”?

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2003-04-15 23:30:30

Well, it should be ”Wag the blog”, but someone already grabbed that as a blog name. And after all, I’m not going for accuracy, just the most pop-culture references in titles without being obvious.

Comment by Jeevan #
2003-04-16 12:06:35

Yes, the bots don’t seem to be 100% accurate but I think Seyed actually counts the inaccuracy as part of the ’realism’ of Blogshares. The bot’s algorithms and schedules are kind of like the unpredictable outside factors in real world trading.

And I was actually surprised to see that this site is on the outgoing links page as I actually deep-linked your article on the HS front page and not your domain. (The bot is supposed to only count top level links). Not that there’s anything wrong with that of course. :)

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2003-04-16 15:40:57

My best guess was an attempt to cut down the influence of non-blog links from tool homepages, by indexing a separate news page instead. In your case, that would be /archives.php, which also gets the domain link from back at the dawn of time. So I’m hoping for a real reindex before Seyed comes to his senses and cuts me off.

Comment by Shelle #
2003-04-17 16:49:25

*raising eyebrow*

I honestly sent shares because I like yours. Just an, I like your blog, nice thing to do. No reciprocation was or ever is neccessary. Honest.

Nor was it an act begging for shares, was just a ”glad your in the world” thing. For some reason I think not even Blogshares can get me out of the ”non-profit” point of view. ;)

To tell the truth, I almost didn’t send shares as the possibility occurred to me that they might be considered ”poison”. Since it is a game though, I did it anyway and said ”fear not”. Intimidation tends to make me do things I might not neccesarily do at other times.

Looking forward to reading future posts by you. Enjoy your day!

Comment by Phil Ringnalda #
2003-04-17 17:05:07

That’s exactly how I took it, really. But then I needed to post something, to call the BlogShares bot, and then I thought since I’m an investor (this being before BlogShares decided I have no outgoing links)…

The truth? I wanted to remember to keep reading you, and since my blog’s my home page, now I’ve got a handy link. Just don’t tell my investors that I’m squandering company resources for private benefit like that.

Comment by Shelle #
2003-04-18 07:26:29

Well, at least the bot finally found and revalued the my website shares, only took seventeen days which is much better than three weeks. Makes me feel much better about the gifts I sent out. I have a feeling that when the beta is finished, you won’t have to worry about bot blues nearly as often.

I’ve heard that offering cookies (chocolate) to the bot will put you in good stead, that was just a rumor though. Have a lovely day!

Comment by Matt #
2003-04-19 08:34:11

Phil, I’m gifting you some shares because you helped me when blogger wasn’t letting me publish some weeks/months back and I was getting irate. They won’t make you any money as they are currently worth $0.00 each… but it’s the thought that counts and you never know they might be worth something next time the bots come around. Thanks for your help and general positive vibrations. Matt

Trackback by A young man's Weblog #
2003-04-21 13:12:50

Greed – a moive about bloggers

Ugh. Link begging – not very fashionable.

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