Two New Zealand blog sites run monthly stats ranking the top New Zealand blogs on public discourse, Tumeke and Half Done. Both use different formulae so the stats don’t always come out the same.
Previously I have accorded Tumeke’s stats as the official ones and Half Done’s as the shadow report, comparing Half Done’s stats that come out a lot earlier with Tumeke’s from the previous month. This practice seems a bit silly, it makes more sense to compare stats from the same month and as bloggers do not agree which formulae is the better, I figured we should rethink how we present the top 10 Christian stats which we run monthly.
Going forward we will publish:
Christian Blog Rankings for Month Year – Tumeke
Christian Blog Rankings for Month Year – Halfdone
And once we have both sets of stats from each:
Top 10 NZ Christian Blogs Month Year
The top 10 will average the rankings from each and will form the official MandM ranking.
The following ranks the Top 10 NZ Christian Blogs (public discourse) for December 08 by comparing Half Done’s December 08 stats with Tumeke’s December 08 stats and averaging them to obtain their overall December 08 ranking.
[Rank. Blog Average (Half Done Tumeke)]
1. NZ Conservative 16 (10 22 )
2. Something Should Go Here, Maybe Later 20.5 (17 24)
3. The Briefing Room 27 (27 27)
4. MandM 37.5 (25 50)
5. Kiwi Polemicist 66 (61 71)
6. Say Hello to my Little Friend 79.5 (65 94)
7. Put up Thy Sword 82 (46 118)
8. Samuel Dennis 90 (51 129)
9. Contra Celsum 104 (117 91)
10. Star Studded Super Step 116 ( – 116)
Other Christian blogs featuring in the top 200 NZ blogs on public discourse for December 08:
The difference between Half Done and Tumeke’s stats in some instances is quite remarkable given they both measure the same month; there is more than 70 points difference each between Put up Thy Sword and Samuel Dennis yet The Briefing Room scored the same on both.
You can go to each site and read how their respective formulae work but essentially both base their formulae on unique visits and incoming links; Half Done leaves it there, but Tumeke adds to his the average number of blog posts and comments.
Some say you shouldn’t be awarded for volume of posts and comments, quality is what should be measured and quality is best measured by visits and links to entries. The other argument is that comments are indicative of interest and that hits alone can be unfairly influenced simply by the type of group the blog might be associated with or where it is advertised and that such blogs might get disproportionate blog hits even if they have posted very little all month.
Although I tend to lean towards Half Done’s formula (a range of issues – nothing whatsoever to do with the fact we score considerably better on Half Done’s formula), I figure averaging both formulae gives you the best of both worlds.
Note: This list does not include Christians who blog but whose blogs are not identifiably Christian and is based on Tumeke’s classification methods.
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