I’m Number 105!!

From this post by media journalist Stefan Niggemeier (G) I learn 2 things. 

  • Many people in the conventional German media are frightened of blogs, condescend to them, and do not understand even basic aspects of their operation. Thus, they keep confusing blogs which receive 500 visits per day with ones that receives 500 visits per month. Boy is that dumb and naive.
  • A blog that gets more than 450 hits per day counts as one of the top 100 German blogs. Boy is that low.

My ramshackle little online home, with its never-updated reading list, chaotic blogroll, and laughably crude formatting, scrapes by at between 420 hits per day from the world’s smartest, best-looking blog readers (after a rambling post about Norbert Elias) and 500 hits per day from the world’s smartest, best-looking blog readers (after I mention Knut the Eisbaer or Britney Spears).

This means pitiful little German Joys is scraping around at the bottom of the list of the top 100 German blogs. I’m still trying to wrap my head around this fact.

6 thoughts on “I’m Number 105!!

  1. Are you somehow suggesting that Germans would need more blogs (or blogs with more visitors) than that? Why would Germans need blogs? There is a fantastic press that well serves the needs of the populace. I just now got my mitts on a free copy of the Spiegel magazine, one of the “serious” papers that this Habermas guy the other day was lamenting was under market pressure to become less “serious”. I only read the front-page opinion piece but it seemed to be doing a good job at comforting the populace.The whole thing was basically about yet another wave of assault from the Anglo-Saxon world onto the frail German populace (first McDonalds, then rap music, now this) which is this tired repetition, spearheaded by that Dawkins guy, of some theory of “enlightenment” that was once fashionable a couple of hundred years ago and claims that there is no God, everyone should just think rationally and everything that’s been painstakingly beaten into them by the German government through their public school system is somehow wrong.Given how both the McDonalds epidemic and rap music somehow don’t seem to end at all this could sure be a bit unsettling to a proper German. The article then was a bit confusing, and apart from calling independently thinking people “Pfaffenscheisser”, was not presenting a clear line of argument, and pretty much doing a good job of casting doubt on the whole issue in the line of Exxon maintaing that the jury was still out on climate change. A boxed text suggested that those who still don’t want to accept the church as an authority should instead accept French philosophers as an authority instead, which in the first place aren’t very accessible either.The impression that remained, was that the pope is a fantastic guy in a shiny outfit, religion’s critics are shady figures that appear out of the dark like some mugger that stabs you on the street at night and that Dawkin’s dog might quite well be possessed by the Devil. All should be right for the Spiegel’s readers then and time to get back to that cozy feeling that You Are Taken Care Of as long as You Listen To Us which placates people more than marshmallows and hot chocolate in front of the fire place.Now show me a blog that can do that.


  2. 450 hits per day is indeed peanuts if you compare it to other popular blogs. But remember that a blog in the English language has a much, much higher chance of being read/googled. No doubt though that German blog culture still has a long way to go (there is potential…), although that’s been said already years ago!


  3. Well,

    …So I am thinking about taking an English course to improve my knowledge of this language: I may not need it to keep on reading the blogs in English, but I´ll need it to understand what people mean with their “globalized” comments…

    I´d better get back to my tribe…


  4. Martin, just wanted to let you know that it’s most splendid to hear your opinion on this week’s Spiegel’s cover story. Even if I haven’t read it. Luckily that was not much of a problem as you gave us such a succinct, yet penetrative overview.

    As for the numbers, they’re all quite confusing to me. But if I read this correctly, 450 hits per day would position you on place 260 among those blogs that use a Blogscout counter.

    While I don’t want to join the ranks of those who arrogantly dismiss the blog as a medium, it has occurred to me that the fact that a website is a blog is often little more of a technical detail. For example, the top two hits I see are BILDblog and PSP News. One is media commentary that’s written in an unpersonal style and allows no comments; the other is sort of an industry news site for fans of the PlayStation Portable. What’s the purpose of comparing the hits that these sites get to those of Spreeblick for instance?


  5. As we’re talking about numbers here, consider the number of speakers of English (980 million total) and German (170 million total) as estimated by wikipedia (c.f. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers ). Thus 450 hits amongst all German speakers would compare to 2594 hits amongst all English speakers. This does not invalidate the argument that blog culture is at an earlier stage of development in Germany today when compared to the US, however.


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