Monday, January 01, 2007

More links than you can shake a stick at

Links are a kind of currency in the world of blogging. The more people who link to your blog, the more popular you're deemed to be. For instance, fellow alumnus Madison Guy (whoever he is) is much more "popular" than I am because he has many more incoming links than I do. We've both done well in terms of links from the Isthmus Daily Page's Madison Miscellany, but he's done much better in the big wide world outside of Madison. This is probably because he writes about a wider range of subjects than I do, but it may also involve a bit of skulduggery or a savvy marketing plan.

There are, however, several important local links to this blog (and/or the Central History blog) that are, I believe, fairly prestigious because they confer institutional recognition of what I'm trying to achieve, particularly with regard to researching and preserving the history of Madison Central High School. So I'm going to begin the new year with a big of bragging.

The Madison Metropolitan School District includes a link to the Central History blog on the "About Each School" page of its web site. You'll find the link if you scroll down to near the bottom of the page. It's listed under "Other Facilities." This link has brought many visitors to the Central History blog. Until this link was added, there was nothing on the MMSD web site that acknowledged the existence of Central.

The Post section of madison.com, the web site for the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times, lists both this blog and the Central History blog in its local blogs directory under "News and Current Events."

The "Madison Area History" page on the Madison Public Library's web site lists both this blog and the Central History blog under "School Spirit" (scroll about halfway down the page to find this section). Like the MMSD link, the library's link has brought many visitors to the blogs.

Some days I do long to possess more links than you can shake a stick at (and a way to rewrite this sentence so it doesn't end with a preposition). Perhaps I could spend my time trying to convince Central alumni to start blogs so we could link to one another and collectively boost our popularity, but these blogs aren't about popularity.

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