Technorati Score

I used to visit technorati all the time to see my score. I didn’t care about anything else other than increasing my score. My personal website had a super low score, but’s score was rising. I kept adding blogs to it, and seeing how others had such high scores and doing the same techniques. I would favorite it, love it, do whatever to get the score higher. It never really got as high as I wanted it to be, and it only moved up a few places after all that work I did.

I figured out that obeygiant wasn’t tech enough for technorati, I mean duh, tech is in the title. So I moved on, Come five years later and Klout is the new technorati. I did the same thing, I gave out klout points to everyone, to random people in hopes that they would give klout back. Which they did in turn, the klout score got super high (this is all for again), and I got some klout perks. Which I never ever used because I don’t want free shampoo or to see a live screencast or whatever they were giving away.

Now I just sign up for these services to sign up, to have a presence. When they first came out, I did spend a lot of time on them trying to improve the score. But for an artist, its harder to get high scores on these sites because art doesn’t translate well over the internet. A lot of people link to, but there are smaller non techy sites. And I only did this because I thought that they would bring hits to the websites. None of them ever brought any significant hits to the website, except for wordpress’s showcase page. Obey Giant is listed as one of the most voted on links and that brings in about 100 clicks a day, everyday, and rising. Now 100 clicks a day isn’t anything, overall, but It adds up. While technorati, klout, whatever brought in zero links a day, brought in no more internet points ever.

Now this is old but David Galbraith, had said that technorati shouldn’t give up from it’s fight with google. That it should be a blog search engine. “I say all this because Google have finally got their act together with Blog Search, and the window of opportunity for Technorati to be what they are, and what they created, is closing.” Well I never think technorati was ever that, I just think it was only got tech blogs. I never thought that it was for anybody else.


What I Do

I don’t know why I saved this link to an article about Odd Jobs, Where they talk about how they can’t tell people that they are just web developers and that just isn’t enough. That they need to lie, and say that they do something more than that. This is interesting that it was posted in 2007 and here, five years later, When I tell my dentist that I am a web developer, he replies with, I have an idea for a website.

I personally don’t know that many people who program or do web development. But I know the term is becoming more well known, and I know that kids these days want to be a web developer for Facebook or Google. I know that now WordPress development is a business, I gave a small talk at a WordPress meetup not too long ago and afterwards everyone was coming up to me to hire me. And then the next question would be, well since you don’t want to do it, do you know anybody else who would be interested? Like WordPress development has become this hot commodity.

I started doing “Web Development” when I was asked to update the spreadsheet online. This was a recurring thing that was happening where a single product number had to be updated, or one had to be added for a different color. I got sick and tired of doing this by hand, so I wrote a program where my boss could just select all of the his worksheet in excel and paste it into a textarea box. I didn’t have to do any of that work anymore and work on things that I wanted to work on.