If this was an old school roleplaying blog, Trey's famous and fun advancement table at From the Sorcerer's Skull would mean I'd just levelled up, going from Maven to Pundit, at 160 followers.
Thanks very much to all of you, and to everyone who reads.
But it's not really an old school roleplaying blog, or at least not primarily. It's not a wargaming blog either, although it covers aspects of that. It's not even only a gaming blog. If it had a focus, I'd say it's fiction, or exploration of ideas. Speculation maybe.
In this sense, the number to look at seems less the number of followers and more the number of follows, or blogs in blogrolls.
Here are those numbers then.
I follow 304 blogs. In that light, especially given the common but rather silly idea that if someone follows you ought to follow them, having 160 followers actually makes me look fairly unpopular.
There are eight blogrolls in the left sidebar, although one is a collection of blogs from the other seven. In the seven the total number of blogs is 340. Again, Porky no-mates.
This means the ratio of blogs followed or listed to followers is about 2:1. I'm guessing this is quite high, but I don't think it really should be. After all, why not 3:1 or 10:1?
The big question is whether or not I can read them all. If each blog posted once a day, the answer would be 'no way'. But they don't of course. Some post every few days, or even every few weeks. I try to read all or most as they update, even if in some cases it's just a skimming for the gist or the key ideas.
Anyway, an open question. Should we be hooking up more? Getting out there and seeing new things, supporting fresh takes? Should we all be trying to raise our ratios?
I'm not talking about promoting new blogs. I have the PROTOSTARS! series and Tim at Gothridge Manor has just put up his latest Newbie Blogger Award, which if I remember rightly was actually inspired by the number of awards The Happy Whisk got from writer blogs. The Angry Lurker got one today. There's no need to stretch to any of that, and most blogs do link to key posts as they find them. I'm only really talking about a minute or two to click a title you've never clicked before, and if you like it, to add it to your roll.
Yesterday I found Dice Like Dave, a blog with less than 10 followers full of reports on various wargames. Yesterday too I found Inquisitork, a blog with less than 20 followers full of sci-fi tie-in fiction. I had a lot of fun catching up on them, and I'd bet some of you would, so they're in the rolls. But they're about six months old. How do we not notice?
Maybe we're too comfortable in our own space of ideas?
Should we go on more missions to explore strange new worlds, seek out new ideas and new intepretations? Bloggers blogging what no one has blogged before? Think what breakthroughs could be waiting undiscovered in some dim, unvisited corner of the net.
What if the blogger deletes it before we find it?