Devolved but not Devalued
by Christian Y. Cardall
By way of brief respite from heavy philosophizing, let’s discuss ‘devolution.’ Rather than wade through some academic-sounding definition, you can familiarize yourself with this concept by watching a fantastic advertisement for Guinness. From human to primitive amphibian in 60 seconds may seem like a Hollywood fantasy, but one day a week or so ago, The Spinozist Mormon suffered a similar fate overnight. Of course my heart sank, but I was reassured by the fact that the Spinozist's market value held firm or even rose during the same period.
The Truth Laid Bear (TTLB) ecosystem is a blog ranking system consisting of 14 ecological niches, ranging from Higher Beings at the top to Insignificant Microbes at the bottom. A blog’s rank is based on the number of other blogs that link to it. You can see TTLB’s links to The Spinozist Mormon here (this link is permanently on my sidebar near the bottom).
For awhile The Spinozist Mormon oscillated between a Flappy Bird and an Adorable Little Rodent, apparently depending on whether one of my posts was current at Mormon Archipelago; but after my sudden devolution (talk about punctuated equilibrium!), I now find myself oscillating between a Lowly Insect and a Slimy Mollusc. After initial panic—Did everyone suddenly dump me from their blogroll because of something controversial I said?—I saw that Times and Seasons was no longer a Large Mammal or even Marauding Marsupial, but a mere Flappy Bird, and I felt better. Later I found the sudden renormalization explained here.
When I speak of The Spinozist Mormon’s market value, it is with reference to another blog ranking system called BlogShares. To quote the site itself, “BlogShares is a fantasy stock market for weblogs. Players get to invest a fictional $500, and blogs are valued by incoming links.”
BlogShares information on The Spinozist Mormon can be seen here (also linked on my sidebar). One interesting thing about BlogShares is that it categories blogs by “industries,” and one of these is “Mormon / Latter Day Saints,” which you can peruse here. Perhaps surprisingly, Times and Seasons is not number 1, but number 2. The Spinozist Mormon is way down at number 44.
Are any bloggernacle denizens active in this BlogShares trading game? I bought shares in myself, but that’s it, and I’m not following it actively. I stumbled across my blog’s listing there by accident, and I have no idea how it got listed. Unlike many of the Mormon blogs on the list, The Spinozist Mormon has many shares available for purchase.
The bottom lines of this (oh so important!) post are twofold. (1) Link to me. I am willing to reciprocate. Push me up the food chain, increase my market value. I may never be an exalted Higher Being, but it’s always nice to move up. (2) The Analyst’s Report at BlogShares says of The Spinozist Mormon: “This is a growing blog (BUY), This stock is underpriced (BUY).” Buy Spinozist!