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Monday, January 5, 2004
By Steven Taylor

File Today’s List under “The Blogosphere”:

Top 5 Technical Things I Wish All Blogs Did

5. I wish every blog used sitemeter and left the stats public (cuz I am a curious sort).

4. I wish that all blogs were listed in the TTLB.

3. I wish every blog used MT-style Trackback pings (and if you don’t use MT, you still can trackback with the best of ‘em).

2. I wish everyone pinged blogrolling (and other “updated” lists) when they updated their blogs.

1. I wish everyone had permalinks for each post (are you listening Kaus and Sully?–actually, just Kaus, Sully now has permalinks. I mean, gee whiz, if hobbiest can do it, surely the Big Boys can).

If you want to play along in the comments section, feel free–or if you have your own blog, post your own list and link back to this post to get a trackback link posted here on PoliBlog.

(the sitemeter and TTLB wishes probably result from my comparative background and my desire for uniform metrics for use in comparisons! ;)

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  1. Howard Kurtz has turned Media Notes into a quasi-blog and he doesn’t have perma-links either. Very annoying.

    Comment by Prof. Bainbridge — Monday, January 5, 2004 @ 5:44 pm

  2. Since I use an aggregator, I wish that all blogs had an RSS feed.

    Comment by Robert Tagorda — Monday, January 5, 2004 @ 6:03 pm

  3. Let me second the request for RSS feeds. Especially for smaller or less frequently updated blogs, the RSS feed is an important way of letting people know when the blog is updated.

    I think RSS 1.0 is technically superior to the competing 2.0 standard, but both are better than no feed at all.

    Comment by Tom Rothamel — Monday, January 5, 2004 @ 6:21 pm

  4. I provide the RSS feed although am a bit reluctant since it doesn’t count in my traffic rankings.

    And Sully only kinda does permalinks–he posts several things per link most of the time.

    Comment by James Joyner — Monday, January 5, 2004 @ 8:43 pm

  5. Congrats on passing 75,000 BTW.

    Comment by James Joyner — Monday, January 5, 2004 @ 8:43 pm

  6. I knew that there was something about Sully’s links which irked me…

    And thanks.

    Comment by Steven — Monday, January 5, 2004 @ 8:57 pm

  7. Another vote for RSS (or atom) feeds.

    And death to sitemeter :) .


    Comment by Myria — Monday, January 5, 2004 @ 9:59 pm

  8. RSS Feeds! I want the hits too but I think the scraifice is worth it.

    Comment by David H. Sundwall — Monday, January 5, 2004 @ 11:31 pm

  9. RSS Feeds! I want the hits too but I think the sacrifice is worth it.

    Comment by David H. Sundwall — Monday, January 5, 2004 @ 11:31 pm

  10. This isn’t a technical request, but I wish that blogs would not post “top headline news.” I know that LSU won the Sugar Bowl.

    Just a cranky suggestion. Otherwise I’m happy just being a blog troll, having retired from be a blog writer.

    Comment by John Lemon — Tuesday, January 6, 2004 @ 12:03 am

  11. #2 #2 #2 #2 And I must confess I have been to your site a hundred times and never noticed the updated blog list. I don’t understand why so few people do this.

    Comment by Paul — Tuesday, January 6, 2004 @ 11:05 am

  12. Okay Steven, I’ll succumb to one of your requests and try sitemeter on my humble blog. Since I’m starting from zero again, my usage stats indicate I’ve had 8,900 prior visits since I began blogging seven months ago. Hope this helps satisfy some of your obsessive statistical cravings and congrats on your 75k mark as well. Cheers.

    Comment by d-rod — Tuesday, January 6, 2004 @ 11:17 am

  13. Good luck and thanks!

    (And you can get Sitemeter to start from an already established count, i.e., you don’t have to start at zero ;)

    Comment by Steven — Tuesday, January 6, 2004 @ 11:29 am

  14. I’m with Myria on sitemeter. Death to sitemeter!
    When it goes down pages don’t load right, if they load at all.

    If you are that durned nosy, send me an e-mail and I’ll send you a screenshot of the site stats from my server log.

    I’m with you on the pings and permalinks. :)

    Comment by Kathy K — Monday, January 12, 2004 @ 7:53 pm

  15. Everything you wanted to know about blogging but were afraid to ask
    There are plenty of good guides to blogging and I was going to add my $0.02 to the pile. It’s the thing to do once your blog reaches a certain age, and I figure turning one is about the right time. However I’m going to break with blogosphere traditio…

    Trackback by Simon World — Monday, August 30, 2004 @ 9:37 pm

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