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April 4, 2003

The Honeymoon is Over

Nearly three months ago, in the middle of January, my site was listed in the “Blogs of Note” list on blogger.com. My site went from dozens of hits to hundreds over night. Last night, a bit after midnight, my site finally slipped off the bottom of that list. My fifteen minutes of fame (more like twelve weeks, actually) is officially over. You, the folks that are left reading this, are now my core audience. You’re the ones that stuck around, or you were led here by someone who linked to me during my stint at the top. In any case, welcome, and thanks for sticking around!

Blogshares

I’m not 100% sure what BlogShares is. It’s some kind of fantasy stock market, where weblogs are given a share price and a valuation. And it wouldn’t really matter to me, except that I’m ranked at #9 right now, with a valuation of about 76 grand. Puzzling, but cool! Too bad my site isn’t really worth that much!

Inside EPSN

In part 2 of his interview with DevEdge, Mike Davidson (who recently redesigned ESPN.com to be more standards-compliant) explains his feelings on HTML validation and standards compliance, and why ESPN.com doesn’t validate and probably never will.

Telling me my site needs to validate in order to be standards-compliant is like telling me I need a flag in my lawn to call myself an American … If I somehow felt like having a site which strictly validates was an indication of my manhood, maybe I’d do it, but it really means very little to me … It’s just that complete compliance often isn’t possible without making unacceptable sacrifices. I’d say that if a site is 95% compliant and it uses the other 5% to create a better user experience, then that’s just fine.

He also talks about massaging his browser upgrade page to let NN4 users know why they were blocked out, where the standards fall short, and about the role weblogs played in giving him feedback and guiding the fine-tuning of the site.