There have been a couple of posts by Paul Barford and David Gill about how anti-collecting blogs are getting more hits, and therefor reflecting public opinion, than pro-collecting ones (dismissed as "coiney" types and the usual ruder language by Barford) ...
Gill in his post included this table below, presumably to make the point, because, gosh, his Looting Matters is the most popular.
As I've admitted before, I can be a bit OCD - my footnotes are always accurate, and I like to be thorough with my research. So, I thought I'd check. And the results were surprising - below are the screenshots.
Gill's maths is looking odder and odder ...
Eureka - finally on the same page.
Life's too short to go through Gill's whole list blog by blog - a number of them I've never heard of, most I don't read - but I think the point is made. What's that quote ...? "Lies, damned lies, and statistics"
Gill gives him 75 to 80 readers, Google Reader 1.
Gill's figures are correct for Tompa; but Tompa has 58 times the subscribers of Barford, which does not tally with Gill's table ...
it has four times the subscribers of Barford's main blog (he has a number of blogs). And I admit that I do find that rather amusing.
I've unsubscribed from Looting Matters, as this sort of post by David Gill shows the type of propaganda that goes on in various blogs of it's ilk. And how frustrating it is trying to deal with people who'd argue black is white with a straight face ...
(I only have 173 subscribers with Google Reader as of today, but then again I don't boast about my readership numbers ...)
To be fair, there are huge difference in numbers of subscribers whether they come in using Atom or RSS feeds, and Google Reader's totals are in any way highly questionable and open to being tinkered with. I chose not to tinker with them, unlike some other people, but this post demonstrates the pitfalls of trying to blow one's own tumpet - and then being presented with images of opposite evidene.