When i first came across the tots 100 a couple of months ago the competitive side of me thought ‘weeeeeeee yay charts’ and i was really motivated to see my position climb. Now? I see things a bit differently.
When the scores are released mid month i watch, slightly bemused, as my twitter feed becomes infiltrated with people tweeting in sheer joy or desperation because their scores are up or down a few places.
When i logged in today to check out my position and saw i was no. 507 i briefly considered having a mini social media meltdown about how i was only 7 places off getting a top 500 badge but i decided not to because, um, well….is it really that important?
I’ve looked at the way the scores are calculated and as with all systems it is entirely possible to play it. This is not a criticism, in fact, they use similar methods to Google but even Google can be played – what do you think all the thousands of people working in SEO do everyday?
There are award winning blogs that don’t appear in the charts probably because the don’t have the inclination to run linky’s, tout for PR opps, or spend 24/7 on twitter.
Now i’m not berating anybody who runs linky’s, in fact i’m a firm follower of a couple myself, i don’t mind well written and relevant reviews and i wish i did have more time to spend on twitter (although actually i would probably spend it sleeping). All i’m saying is that your Tots 100 position is certainly not the only indicator of how good your blog is. While some of my favourite bloggers are in the charts, others are not even on the scale, it doesn’t mean i enjoy them any less.
I respect and follow blogs because i enjoy their writing, photography, humour, knowledge or personality. Because they strike a chord with me, have me nodding my head in agreement, laughing away at the stories they tell or smiling at yet another stunning picture.
The Tots 100 is one of the first sites i visited when i started my blog and it is a truly fantastic resource, but it confuses me as to why so many people seem to think it is the virtual holy grail of blogging. Whats up with that?
I’m proud of what i have achieved since i started blogging nearly four months ago; I don’t need a number on a badge to validate that for me and neither should you.
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