Since I re-designed my blog a few weeks ago, you may have noticed I've replaced my regular quiz widget with Black Boxes (on the left). I found it on Suburbia's blog when I was leaving a comment and I decided to add it here for a while for a bit of fun. I love inserting my own either/or questions and also seeing whose blog I end up at. It's often the same one, but that's not happening so much now - I suspect more bloggers are playing.
It also means the frequency of strangers turning up in my site statistics has increased lately. It's always worthwhile having a look at these sites, especially as you never know what bells and whistles they're using on their blogs which are a bit of fun or potentially useful. A few days ago I ended up at The Cow-Herd Speaketh!!!!, a blogger based in Bangalore, India. In addition to a very interesting article on Hinglish (the mixing of Hindi and English in India), the blog had a most intriguing widget - How Much Is Your Blog Worth? The value's based on the number of links and index listings a blog has, so older blogs and/or those containing more articles have a greater chance of showing a higher value.
This evaluation's from the more business oriented side of blogging and I suppose the sub-text is: the higher the blog's worth, the more potentially interesting it is to advertisers, the more chance the blogger has of making an income from blogging etc. etc. And of course it's just one of many ways of measuring a blog's "success", should you wish to do so. However, I do think it's a fun thing to have a look at and it does have a message for us all, even 'fun' bloggers like me: post frequently and with interesting content, and your blog becomes an increasingly useful resource, not only to yourself, but to other people too. Whether that can be measured wholly in dollars and cents is a different question. What do you think? How much is your blog worth using this metric (no need to say if you don't want to) - do you think that's a fair reflection of the amount of time and effort you spend on it?