We recently heard some wonderful news.
JuicedSports accumulated a comprehensive listing of the Top 100 most influential blogs in Blogfrica.
Knowing full well that any list of such an undertaking would be amassed with the precision of a Six Sigma Black Belt project, using intensely scientific algorithms and formulaic measures and benchmarks to accurately reflect each blogs influence; we felt assured that this would be the end all and be all definitive listing for sports blogs.
Once and for all, a hierarchy of sports blog could be established. And there would be no argument.
So, with complete faith and trust in the waiting accurate portrait of Blogfrica, we ventured to the list.
Not bad, thought we, confident that the extensive research involved in the project was a completely accurate depiction of not only our spot, but all spots on the list.
Our trust was complete. As was our measurement of our self worth, based on the list.
And then....and then we were made aware of.....this... from We Rite Goode:
10/2 Update: After some readers cried foul that 28th most "influencial" blog--Nyjer Please--is inconveniently defunct, while the well-read Nation of Islam Sportsblog was excluded from the list, Juiced bowed to critics and updated the rankings. Well, updated the rankings is a bit of a stretch...more like swapped in NOIS and removed Nyjer Please at number 28 overall. Now, I know what you're thinking...but it makes perfect sense--as those of us around the blogosphere know, Nyjer Please and NOIS blog have exactly the same amount of influence! It really is amazing, given that the blogs are written in completely different styles and focus on different topics, but I totally trust the two equally.
Suddenly, our morning coffee lost its taste. A cloud blocked the sun. And our self worth was now at Britney Spears levels.
How could this be?
Swapped one for another with no controlled and documented process to assess the impact it would have on the entire listing?
And, what of swapping out a defunct blog for NOIS? It sends a message that NOIS has all the influence of a blog that doesn't exist!
Our self worth plummeted further.
And what of the 72 blogs ranked below NOIS?
Now, they are less influential than a blog that is as influential as a blog that doesn't exist.
And what of those blogs ranked ahead of NOIS?
They are now only more influential than a blog that is of less influence than a blog that no longer exist.
Suddenly, what seemed a brilliant, scientific and comprehensive undertaking has become a metaphorical pejorative aimed at Blogfrica in general.
According to Juiced Sports, blogs have no influence.
Perhaps the most disheartening aspect of the 'switch' is that NOIS was placed in a position held by a blog which, if the name is read quickly, could be mistaken for 'nigger, please!'.
The message to Blogfrica couldn't be louder.