Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ranking the blogs – quantifying the value of reaching out

Writing a blog can be a labor of love. Though some days it feels more like labor and less like love. So that’s why it’s nice to hear that not only do people read you, but that they also like you. Particularly when those people include someone like Paul Knoepfler, a stem cell researcher at UC Davis.

Now, in the interests of full disclosure we should say right off the bat that Paul is a recipient of stem cell agency funds – you can read about his award here - but he’s also a highly regarded blogger in the field and was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in stem cell research. So when Paul praises you for your work it carries a lot of weight.

In one of his most recent blogs Paul writes about the blogs he considers among the best from both a qualitative – is it good, is it interesting, are people linking to it – and quantitative – how often do they post new items – and he considers us among the best in both categories.

And it’s not just his opinion. Paul cites two websites that rate blogs using similar criteria (mozRanks and Googe’s Page Rank) and we score in the top four on both of those as well. Actually, at the risk of being immodest, we rank number one on Google’s Page Rank.

Others rated highly by both websites include Signals Blog from the Stem Cells Network in Canada, StemCellAssays by Alexey Bersenev and Paul’s own blog If you are judged by the company you keep, we’re doing quite well.

Not to be lost in this discussion, is the fact in today’s digital age, well-done blogs are a critical component of public understanding of science and something that should be considered valuable to the field.

Today at least, we are definitely feeling the love. Thanks Paul.


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