regular readers would know that for about six weeks i have been ducking and diving in and out of an eponymous rightwing blog, run out of wellington by david farrar..
farrar is the self-titled uber-blogger featured in the herald last week.
farrar gets the title uber-blogger for two reasons; one is because of the high number of visitors and comments he gets; the second is because of his output (as in the number of items he writes and posts on his site).
i have no problem with farrars’ obvious delight in his title; nor do i have any particular urge to rain on his parade. (i tip my hat to him as a pioneer of the genre; and he deserves kudos for that).
now farrar publishs a monthly blogstat; where he collects all the facts and figures on output and use on the nz blogs. farrar, of course, is at the top of this list (under “the needs a life” category), the uber-blogger.
the only problem is, that for the last two months his output stats have been meaningless; due to the fact that despite me being all over his site and farrar being fully aware of whoar.co.nz, he has failed to include my site or output in his figures.
and as my output in feb was twice farrars’ those stats mean diddly squat.
at the time i posted a comment on the site, pointing this out; there was no response, nor any move to correct stats he knew were faulty..(i just let it slide; y’know i’m the new boy, ideologically opposed, and all that)
then we come to the end of march and the march stats;
to my astonishment (despite once again me being all over his site for most of the month, farrar just left me out; justifying this with a throwaway comment that he “couldn’t open my march archives).
i mailed again, apologising for my stats not working, and gave him my figures.
i thought this was significant as his postings of high 100’s was way below mine at 576.
this; the fact that my output was not only higher than farrars’, but by a factor of three; and that i had had cracked the 1,000 readers hurdle over the month, (after six weeks “on-air”) was not, i felt , insignificant.
especially as this error flows through to all the other stats (ie. farrar has total blog output at 1600 and something; add mine and that figure leaps to just under 2200; he also bases all his output averages etc. on these faulty figures). these differences are not minor, and make a farce of his stats/conclusions.
the response from farrar was at first a resounding silence (save for an oblique reference when writing to someone else that he couldn’t open my archives because he had ten other windows open on his computor).
i mailed again suggesting that if he didn’t want to include me with the other bloggers,he could create a new category called a DBB, as in dole-bludger blogging, and i could recline there in solitary splendour; (dpb actually, but i include this to show the tone i was taking to this issue, ie. keep it light)
i waited another another day, still no response; although i noted farrar was responding to other questions on the site. i sent yet another request for some dialogue or action on this issue.
by now we are up to april 3; still no answer.
i make a an oblique reference to the issue in another comment; and farrar spits the dummy; comes roaring back at me with a string of insults (whinger etc, and a threat to delist me from his site)
i respond to his spit by pointing out the errors in it, and let him know that i tend to have a negative reaction to abuses of power and bullying; and that this is what he is doing.
he has another spit; and threatens to stop me from commenting on his site.
i respond by saying “see ya”
so there you have it; this can be followed on david farrars’ eponymous site under thread headings of ‘blogstats’ and ‘highbrow reading’.
so, if so inclined, you can make your own call on this; this little spat in blogland(ha).