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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

What's in a name? A deeper look at the S - by request.

I had received a request to consider why there were so many S blogs in the Nablopomo 'blog post every day in a month' competition and then to list my favorites.

First, let's consider why the S's have the most blog names. I think S is a perfectly good letter... but I've not really thought about what makes one letter more common than another. I did some looking around today and one site said that more English words begin with S than any other. I tried to look for a secondary source to support that, but I couldn't find one. We'll just say it's right. Then I stumbled upon a sight that discusses cryptograms and ranks the percentage of letter frequency and then I found this site that has a bunch of letter frequency statistics.

I would guess that S is just a very popular letter.

Now then, for my favorites. The list is over 200 blogs, let me tell you... it's hard to just pick a favorite blog name. The first thing I did was weed the list down to about 91 blogs. I dropped those blog names that didn't really catch my interest and have fairly uninteresting blog names. Then I went through the lists and tried to weed it down again, ended up with 60 blogs. Then I went to each blog and checked to make sure they were still in the Nablopomo competition (this is all prompted by the nablopomo after all and only those dedicated bloggers get the count).

I looked at the name: Did the title grab my attention? Did it make me want to click and see what the blog was about? Your title is the only way you get my click today. I was only looking at those blogs that the titles interested me enough to get my click. Without a blog description or previous knowledge of what you write about - your title is the only thing marketing your blog and drawing in your readers.

Once I entered: I considered the look and feel of the blog and how interesting I thought it was. Nice colors? Images or graphics? The layout - was it easy to navigate and a pleasure to surf through?

Now that I've enjoyed the atmosphere, how's the steak: I reviewed the content (how interesting were your posts?). Did you have a long history of blog activity? Did you get some chuckles out of me? Did you keep my interest to click through and scan many of your posts or even read posts in your archives?

What's the entertainment or side-show for the evening: I looked at your addons, widgets, and gadgets. Do you have things I can look at? Click through? Play or do something? Do you have some blog tools that I like and would want to use on my own?

So... here we go. THE TOP TEN. The winner's of Rashenbo's favorite S blog titles:

Sex Ed in Higher Ed - OUT
(Update: I missed that she missed a post!)

I wonder if I should make a little button?

The runners up who caught my eye and who I really enjoyed visiting:

Semantically driven
Sermon on the Mount of Laundry
Sex and Salt Lake City
Shadow Muse
Shootin' The Poop
Snapshots Into Oblivion
Streaks on the China
Sunday School Rebel



Anonymous Molly (from Somewhat Refined) said...

Thanks Rashenbo, for putting me in your top ten. This makes my night. No wait, it makes my whole day. No, my week...

9:24 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I feel so inadequate next to the rest of the top ten. I think maybe we should make you a button for reading all of those, Rashenbo. :)

10:45 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

heheh :) You have a lovely site and I really enjoyed your posts Miranda [and I like your other Word Press blog too - but it's not in the competition so it counts as entertainment for the evening :)]

11:03 PM  
Blogger fringes said...

#11 ain't too shabby. Thanks for including me. Once I win the grand prize, I'll have a new banner and an even better way to attract readers besides the catchy title, wonderful writing, classic wit and occasional pathos. Come back soon!

11:45 PM  
Blogger Scott Ocheltree said...

Wow! How exciting! We snuck in by the skins of our teeth at Number 10!

Good Thing we didn't list ourselves as "The Adventures of Chou-Chou Shu"

The entire staff at Stinky Mouse is very grateful for this recognition...

You like me! You REALLY Like Me!!

12:03 AM  
Blogger elisabeth said...

I think it is somehow fitting that I fell between Somewhat Refined and Space Monkey Pants...thanks!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Teacher lady said...

I'm really flattered. I'm also somewhat humiliated because Monday, I fell off the NaBloPoMo wagon. Second last week of the semester and all. You may take me off your list of winners and put me on the list of NaBloPoMo drop-outs. (Sigh.)

9:12 AM  
Blogger kara said...

Ouch – now I really feel bad.
Crappy blog name, uninteresting graphics, boring content and
my only widget – the phases of the moon…

4:19 PM  
Blogger Nanette said...

Thanks for the linky love and for making the fun badges! I just posted one on my site. :)

5:57 PM  
Blogger craig said...

Thank you, Rashenbo. However, I have to give credit where credit is due: my wife came up with the name of my blog. But this isn't the first time I've benefited from her hard work. : )

8:08 AM  
Blogger Drhaggis said...

Slashboing thanks you for the comments and the call out! Nablopomo was fun!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous jen said...

Nice to know I'm a runner up in something even if I didn't win a prize for NaBloPoMo. Oh well. Next year perhaps?

11:27 PM  

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