I’ve been using the MyBlogLog widget on my this blog for awhile now. I should have noted the day I installed it, but I didn’t. I’d probably say close to the two month mark, if I had to make a semi-educated guess. I’m at the point now where I’m wondering if it’s even worth it.
What is the point of MyBlogLog?
The point of MyBlogLog, as near as I can tell, is to help build your community of readers. The sidebar widget shows who has visited your blog recently, and let’s you click through to their site and see what they’re up to. You can even build a community of readers directly on MyBlogLog, though I’m not terribly sure what purpose that actually serves, other than ego inflation.
What benefits do I get from MyBlogLog?
Besides the aforementioned community building aspect, there’s always the promise of additional traffic. As people see your little gravatar on other people’s sidebars, as you browse around, perhaps they’ll click on it and pay you a visit. If they like your blog, maybe they’ll even stick around for awhile.
To back up this theory, I went through my logs and added up how many visitors I’ve gotten in the last two months from MyBlogLog. I was astounded at the number – and I have a feeling many of you may find similar numbers if you take a look. The total number of visitors referred to Green Llama by MyBlogLog in the last two months is 32. 17 in February, 15 to date in March.
What is the downside to MyBlogLog?
Well, we’ve taken a look at the upside to MyBlogLog, and the positives it brings to the table. Quite underwhelming to put it mildly. So, what are the negatives? Loading time and real estate. MyBlogLog is usually quick to load, but it has it’s issues sometimes. When the MyBlogLog servers are having problems, then my site loads painfully slowly, and that’s a problem. Perhaps even more pressing is the issue of screen real estate. There is only a finite amount of space on my blog. I prefer a relatively clean look; clutter is not a good thing to me. I don’t like things taking up space unless they serve a real, definitive purpose. Empty white space is better to me than a useless widget.
Is MyBlogLog worth it?
Well, no. I don’t think that it is. I have gotten very little tangible benefit from having MyBlogLog installed. Perhaps dozens or even hundreds of readers have wandered off my site to visit other MyBlogLog links, but I haven’t gotten the same in return. I’m going to take down MyBlogLog right now, as a matter of fact, and leave a big white space in it’s wake, until something new catches my eye. If nothing does, then I’ll enjoy a little less clutter, just the same.