Digg is an indexing service that conglomerates and ranks articles based on visitors voting for them. Most bloggers love to see their stuff in Digg because it increases the chance that people will read their material, and if the website advertises, more traffic means more bucks.

However, one blogger at a website called Violent Acres just unleashed a tirade against Digg and her own visitors for voting for her ridiculously unimportant posts, the result being little throwaway posts about her brother and Christmas shopping wound up high on the Digg homepage.

Not Everything I Write Deserves to be on Digg is both amusing and revealing about the nature of post positioning in the blogosphere.

On January 5th, I wrote a short blurb where I called the Venus Vibrance razor blade a stupid Christmas present. The entire thing was roughly a paragraph long and it was completely devoid of interesting commentary. Unless, of course, you think my thoughts on toiletries are particularly revolutionary or insightful. And if you do? Please kill yourself. We don’t need you. But, my point is, not only was this paragraph about the Venus Vibrance Razor blade submitted to digg, but 13 of the stupidest people who ever walked the planet dugg it.

So the best material is not necessarily featured at Digg, but the same can be said for other search engines which base post “relevance” largely on the number of other websites which link to your blog. Whether it is voting by visitors, or voting through links by blogs to your blog, the system is rigged for the larger blogs.

Larger blogs will get more visits, and therefore more Digg votes. And they will get more links to sloppy material. And believe me, they post just as much crap as anyone else and many post more crap as they become obsessed with perpetuating their ranking with large numbers of posts about whatever they can find in the news.

That said, I can’t envision a better system, but the cards are stacked in the blogosphere against small blogs with excellent writers and exceptional material.

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