*sniff* something’s rank here, must be me

Out of curiosity I entered my blog address into a site called BlogRank and strangely enough it ranked in the top 10 for Hawaii under the ‘ultimate rank’ category.

I think I owe it to the way these crazy ranking programs work. I used to post a photo a day which is why this blog has so many posts and that helped to drive the ranking up. Plus I have a few tutorials on the blog so people find this site through various links. Note that you won’t find a link to this blog from my top level domain page.

I’m ranked like #6 for number of pages posted. I only need to suddenly post 1,400 new entries or so to take the #5 spot. Of course this is considering if the #5 blogger drops dead, ends up in prison without internet access or qualifies as a conestant on Survivor as I doubt their numbers will stay frozen.

I’d need to post 55K entries to get to the top spot on number of pages posted. That ain’t going to happen.

What’s in a name?

I guess I should state for the record that Hawaii247.com is NOT a blog.

Yes it uses a CMS, Content Management System, (i.e. WordPress, Drupal, PHPWebSite, etc) to publish but Hawaii247.com contains content by many authors. Typically a blog is used by an individual to post things, most popularly a personal journal, a photo album, increasingly often mixed media of text, graphics, photos, audio, video, etc. We have Dave Winer to thank for much of the weblog’s heritage along with podcasting and CMS such as Frontier (man, I tried really hard to learn Frontier long ago).

What you’re reading now, yeah THIS stuff, THIS is a blog. Nobody else is going to write in this space except for me, or if someone does hopefully they’ll identify themselves.

I just wanted to clear that up. Note that CMS can be used for many wonderful things, not just blogs and not just news websites. People have been using them as storefronts, novels, tutorials, community and corporate websites, it’s endless.

So when you see someone using the tools that are popular with bloggers just remember, not everything is a blog. Don’t confuse the tool with the end product. After all, I think of the countless times I’ve used a ‘rice paddle’ to dish ice cream into a bowl, yet I wouldn’t call Bunny Tracks ice cream ‘rice.’

Bunny Tracks ice cream
Bunny Tracks ice cream

For those who missed it, here’s a link to a newsletter story I wrote for SportsShooter.com