Thursday, November 12, 2009

It's Here - The New "Next Blog" Link

Just a couple days ago, I observed that the "Next Blog" link in the navbar was being redesigned. So, it's here. Click on "Next Blog" from above. Now, you'll get other blogs in English, and for this blog, other techie blogs.

No more hacking, porn, or spam blogs, from clicking "Next Blog" - unless the blog that you're currently viewing contains hacking, porn, or spam. Which means no more hacking, porn, or spam from this blog, from clicking "Next Blog" - period.

The end of hacking, porn, and spam in the NextBlogosphere. Bravo, Blogger.

Maybe you'll see a third difference. Now, any randomly accessed other blog may, or may not be, recently updated. This won't please everybody, unfortunately.
Before it would often bring me to sites I had no interest in or were not in english, but at least it brought me to recently updated sites. Now when I do it I often get stuck finding a ton of sites all on a single topic, and many of them haven't been updated in months/years.
You can't please everybody. You can have exciting, or you can have safe. I don't think that you can have both.

So next, we'll have to look for alternative strategies for publicising your blog. We used to start with publish, publish, publish. That's still a good goal - you want to write content that's interesting, and relevant, if that's what your readers like. But that won't get you readers, even random ones, now. No more random traffic to our blogs, from increased posting activity.

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5 comments:

Carl said...

Thanks for the filling me in on the real reason for the switch. I still don't love the new way that "next blog" works, but it makes a lot more sense now and I can understand why it's better for blogger.

DaisyCrazy said...

Just tried the next blog link on your blog and I got this blog: HIPOLITO LAPRIDA... Perhaps it works only in some countries? Or I've still the random feature? Strange ain't it?

UberGrumpy said...

I find the new 'Next Blog' very frustrating. As you point out, it finds very out of date blogs most of the time; and often cycles back to the same one on the third or fourth click.

It seems to me it would be simple and sensible to have 'next blog' prioritise those blogs that are updated frequently and recently. This would not be inconsistent with their other changes; so to my mind, they've simply got it wrong.

Hmm. What's the best way to bring pressure to bear on the amorphous Googlemass?

kiwi-d said...

There is a bit of a langauge issue with the new Next Blog. I start on English sites but still often end up on non-English blogs, but they tend to have an English header, or blogger profile in English so I guess somehow thats fooling the system.

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