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This may sound petty, but to me it's very important, possibly ultimately so.
What I do is write about chess. I spend dozens of hours weekly preparing articles to publish on my blog at chess.com. While I play, learn and interact peripherally, my raison d'etre for being here is to write, and by extention, to be read or, at least, to be exposed to being read. I choose to use blogs as my medium. Because of this, I pay very, very close daily attention to the featured bloggers. I am perfectly satisfied with sharing the featured status with everyone on an equitable basis, but for the past three days I've noticed a very disconcerting trend. I submitted an article 4 days ago, on Feb. 28 and, although I check quite often while I'm online, I only saw it featured a couple of times on the 28th and not once since then. ----in fact, and this it the trend that concerns me - not once in the past three days have I seen a blog featured by any non-titled member. Can this be coincidental? I have trouble subscribing to that. So, what then is the explanation?
The good of the body is the prime directive.
I don't know what that means.
The entire day today so far has featured only titled players.
Hello "batgirl", RE: "Featured Blogs", I'm writing this comment in panic mode, are you considering stopping the blog?: I have been a "armchair" Historian & Chessplayer the major part of my adult life (many many years). I became a member of chess.com because of Chess Mentor and instruction videos as I was primarily interested in chess study. Your blog reinforced and broadened my continued interest in history; chess study, playing chess games, and of course education in general. These factors are the primary reason (s) I remain a chess.com member. Having said this, at the end of the day chess.com is a business that offers services to chessplayers. Chess Players view titled players as the experts, warriors, celebrities and beyond. Now if this hypothesis is reasonable and logical, featuring a titled player's blog would probably receive top consideration assuming space is limited, etc. I discovered your blog on the chess.com home page & sometime in the past it was not there. I conducted a search, to my delight I found it and now track your blog. I'm a happy camper, literally, I'm sure others did the same. Now, of course, I'm not a chess.com program manager/administrator, owner, etc. but I think my hypothesis is reasonable. In case my panic is real, this is a plea for you to continue your wonderful blog & posting your games, I enjoy them both. This may sound selfish on my part, and it probably is, but you do seem to have a lot of followers here. OK, I'm done preaching.
I am new here, so am not quite sure what you mean by featured. I checked your blog, and it was on one of my personal favorite players. Paul Morphy, and of course his life long friend. It made my eyes water. Very nicely done.
Just ignore him (he probably believes in Landru).
I always look forward to your well-researched posts, batgirl. I don't know how they determine which blogs to feature on the site. Most other blogs really aren't that interesting.
I hope the trend changes. Being a titled player may lend itself to better analysis of moves, but being good at chess does not mean being capable of artful writing, or the ability and willingness to do research. There should be some kind of balance between blogs featuring analysis by titled players and other blogs that zero in on other fascinating aspects of chess culture, history, etc.
Batgirl's blogs are the ones I read most often.
Good news batgirl check out the current featured blogs
we haven't changed anything. maybe just more titled players blogging??
get motivated batgirl... go get a WGM!
but seriously ... i truly enjoy your blog and i have u on my radar (tracked till eternity do us part)
I'm curious, how do blogs get "featured" in the first place? Is it a manual process (curated)?, automated based on readership? Completely random?
It seems Erik is right (as if he wouldn't be) that the dominance of featured positions by titled players must be from some sudden influx of titledplayers who have decided to blog. It's really weird to see nothing but IMs, FMs and GMs in the featured blog rotation (which, I think, is automatic using some arcane algorythm). Thanks everyone for your nice responses.
Someone told me it was viewership.
I've noticed this before, that batgirl's blog wasn't among the featured blogs, so I did a member search and went to her blog directly, which is how I now track her posts. It's a can't-miss system. And while I do supremely value the instructional aspect of this site, I also love the culture and history of chess, and batgirl is the best at delivering the obscure, retrieving the little-known, and rescuing the forgotten. She's a GM of chess culture in my book, and I feel that the staff is doing themselves a disservice in not offering her a paid position here. Oh, and thanks for the game, too.
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