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This post has nothing to do with Michael Jackson

June 14, 2005

Ok, maybe just one headline: Courtroom Thriller Ends as MJ 'Gets Off'. It's out of my system, enough already. Time for part 3 of that 3-part post I started far too long ago...

TTLB Ecosystem - The Life and Times of an Insignificant Microbe

I partake in a wonderful little creation known as the TTLB Ecosystem cared for by The Bear. In this blogodome I started off as an Insignificant Microbe and was hovering between I.M. and Crunchy Crustacean status (always managing to skip the Multicellular Microorganisms and Wiggly Worms categories). Of the 16 categories, I.M. takes the lowly 16th place, C.C. is at 13th.

There are currently about 1400 Insignificant Microbes in the ecosystem. Many of them are bad links and pages that haven't been updated in eons. Keeping this sort of company made me lose faith, was my template terrible? Was my writing that boring? Was The Bear really a bear? These questions kept me up at night, sweaty and fitful I would fling around crying "Insignificant, INSIGNIFICANT!".

Then last week as I was staring at my Statcounter, willing the numbers to rise, I noticed an interesting referring link. Who was this entity? It didn't look like someone Blogger-surfing. Oh Good God, did someone actually link to me without being paid to do so??? The answer, yes! That Goddess of Graciousness is Lynn. She is a righteous babe who actually went through the list of Insignifi-can'ts to come up with a few she thought to be deserving of some evolution. Hear hear! Have a gander at her list, there are good blogs on there. The Currylingus blurb is quite fitting too, no? "Neha has a serious case of potty-mouth... " Hear hear!

Thanks to Lynn I am now a Lowly Insect! Not just a blob of cells but an insect with an exo-skeleton. A whole one thousand five hundred and thirty one spots away from being the highest lowly insect. It's evolution, baby.

Although, this particular form of evolution isn't making much sense to me (like everything else that involves incoming links). See how it works:
"The TTLB Blogosphere Ecosystem is an application which scans weblogs once daily and generates a list of weblogs ranked by the number of incoming links they receive from other weblogs on the list."

Now see how many incoming links I have according to TTLB: 2. NOW see how many incoming links I have according to Technorati: 15. Oh wise internerds, please enlighten me, why the discrepancy? What's the diff? CAM AAAN, BEAR! Crawly Amphibian isn't too much to ask for...

posted by Neha
11:43 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand all that web-geeky stuff myself so I'm just taking a wild guess but maybe the TTLB Ecosystem only counts links from other Ecosystem participants and I'm not sure anymore how that works. I don't pay much attention to it anymore. A long time ago you had to sign up for it but now I'm pretty sure it's automatic.

6/14/2005 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

Ah, that makes sense. And a blog still has to be manually included to be a part of the ecosystem. Hear that Wolfe, Tammy, Raj, Jacob, Veev, Has-lo? Brain-farts, you are already on the case, goody jobby.

BTW, Lynn, your Links page is brilliant! You've heard this countless times, I'm sure. I'm still trying to sort mine out, between bookmarks on three browsers, in two separate computers, plus blog page links I can't find diddly when I want to read something specific.

6/15/2005 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me no espeaka biology.

6/15/2005 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

TTLB can also be used as a learing tool for those who are new to this crazy world of biology. Really, just sign up, you'll get addicted to survival.

6/15/2005 09:48:00 PM  

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