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Blotter And Museum Blogs

Posted by Brian Kelly on 23 Apr 2007

As described by Nate Schroedr the session at the Museums and the Web 2007 conference on Radical Trust: The state of the museum blogosphere by Sebastian Chan and Jim Spadaccini, was “One of the most anticipated sessions of the conference for me β€” and more than a few others, judging by the size of the crowd!“. And you can include me in that sentiment.

In the session the facilitators spent some time discussing Technorati ratings for blogs, and how to build and sustain one’s rating. This was based on the observations of museum blogs and manual analysis of their ratings and monitoring of trends.

As I subsequently suggested to Seb, wouldn’t it be useful to make use of Web 2.0 services to support this process of monitoring the state of the museum blogosphere. I suggested that Blotter could have a role to play – a service I’ve commented on previously.

So I thought I’d demonstrate this tool, applying to to the blogs which have impressed by at the conference: the New Media Initiatives blog at the Walker Art Centre, the Museums service, the Ideum blog, the Brooklyn Museum Dig Diary, the Smithsonian’s Eye Level blog and the Fresh and New blog at the Powerhouse museum.

I’ve included the rolling 7-day graphical representation of the Technorati ranking of these blogs with, as a comparison, the details for this UK Web Focus blog:

UK Web Focus blog (Technorati ranking of 69,782 on 21 April 2007):

Walker Art Center New Media blog (Technorati ranking of 98,648 on 21 April 2007):

Museum (Technorati ranking of 74,158 on 21 April 2007):

Ideum blog (Technorati ranking of 89,517 on 24 April 2007):

Brooklyn Museum’s Dig Diary blog: (Technorati ranking of 474,425 on 21 April 2007)

Smithsonian’s Eye Level blog (Technorati ranking of 51,006 on 21 April 2007):

Powerhouse Museum’s blog (Technorati ranking of 75,598 on 21 April 2007):

Now it is trivial to do this for your own blog, as described on the Blotter Web site. And I would recommend this to blog authors as it can provide a useful visualisation of trends (it has helped me to spot sudden jumps in my Technorati ranking).

But what, I think, would be more interesting would be to explore how Dapper, the application which drives Blotter, could be used across a community of blogs, such as the museum blogosphere.

Perhaps next year’s paper on the state of the museum blogosphere could be based on use of an application such as Dapper. And, as Dapper seems to be a lightweight application, perhaps this is an example of work which can be carried out by an enthusiast working in a small museum. An opportunity for someone, I think.

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4 Responses to “Blotter And Museum Blogs”

  1. Jim said

    Thanks for the mention and for this very interesting article. On thing, I think you have listed the New Web blog on the Ideum site–not our main blog:
    (The New Web was used for a course I taught up in UVIC.)

    Thanks for pointing our Dapper. I will check it out. Best.


  2. Oops – I have now changed this so the graph relates to the main Ideum blog. Thanks for pointing out the error – and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the potential of Dapper.

  3. Jim said

    Dapper is very cool it should be something we incorporate into MuseumBlogs- (If we can find the time!)

    The only complaint is is that it is sort of too bad that everything for ranking goes back to Technorati. They are the Alexa of the blogosphere and no one else seems to do what they do.

    Still, I’ll admit I’m a Technorati junkie and I was pleased to see our rankings recently improve.


  4. Hi Jim – Something that has occured to me would be to run a workshop at the MW2008 conference on various lightweight Web 2.0 tools such as Dapper, Yahoo Pipes, etc. – and then have a session a few days later in which the participants have to demonstrate stuff they’re build using the services during the content.
    I believe that a similar approach was taken at MW 2007 (on producing multimedia Web resources), but don’t have any information on how the second session went.

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