INdiana Systemic Thinking

February 27, 2008

Whatzup with the Blog

Filed under: About The Blog,Announcements — kurtglmft @ 9:07 am

I’m sure both the people who regularly read the blog have noticed I’ve been posting rather infrequently of late.  Here’s whats up.  First, I’ve had that nasty cold/flu/plaque thing making it’s way around northeastern Indiana.  Along with the physical symptoms, it appears to make one just plain mean, as reported by family and co-workers.  So, apart from not feeling all that well, I didn’t want to write something unfairly mean or unjust.  Secondly, I’ve been working on setting up the server at the office to work with new web software.  The primary purpose is to enhance our practice web pages, but an added bonus will be I could host this, or another blog, from that server.  It’s not done yet, but it has taken quite a bit of time.

Neither of those issues are really resolved at this point, but I am feeling a little better.  So, please bear with me and things will hopefully return to normal in a few days!

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February 14, 2008

IST Screws up

Filed under: About The Blog,Announcements,Politics: Legislators — kurtglmft @ 8:02 am
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Yesterday, I posted on the condition of State Rep. Thomas Amos.  Unfortunately, I mistakenly reported his position as that of Senator, instead of State Representative.  I messed up.  To make matters worse, it was not a random blog reader who pointed this out to me, but Jim Shella, who I assume is the same Jim Shella who is WISH-TV’s political reporter.  Since I have never been shy about pointing out errors in mainstream media reporting, this one stung a bit.  Still, I appreciate him pointing out the error and am honored to count him as a reader. 

February 5, 2008

The Behind Blogmeister

Filed under: About The Blog — kurtglmft @ 11:38 am
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I’m feeling really behind.  After a weekend of nothing noteworthy to post, I’m swamped with things I want to write about.  Unfortunately, billable hours took over yesterday and I was so tired I went to bed early.  However, today is a little better and I just finished going through the 400 or so articles that came in through the rss feed.  My plan is to do a lot of writing today.  So check back this afternoon for some fresh stuff.  Till then, go have a nice lunch.  If your reading from one of the super Tuesday states, please go VOTE! 

Catch ya in a few.

February 1, 2008

Indiana’s Best Blogs

Filed under: About The Blog,Blogs — kurtglmft @ 2:00 am
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The Blogmeister would like to thank HoosierAccess (and give a big tip ‘o the hat) for bringing the voting over at Howey’s Political Blog to his attention.  Apparently Howey decided to run a poll asking readers to vote on the best political blog in Indiana.  However, the poll only includes about 5 blogs and a choice for “other” (“other” was winning at the time of this posting…good).  Hoosier Access raises some good points about the poll, which I shall not address here, but encourage the reader to click over to the original post on that site.

However, this poll raises some interesting questions I’ve been thinking about since I started this blog.  First, how does one tell how any particular blog is doing relative to the other blogs out there?  Blognetnews gives some assistance as they carry posts from all the blogs they monitor, show “most” comments, clicks, and links.  They also post “the most influential blogs” of the week, based on some proprietary formula.  They also allow readers to rate posts, which, in turn, rate the blog.  (As an aside, I have problems with their rating system.  They only show how the blog is rated, not how the individual posts are rated, making it hard for a blogger to improve individual posts in the future).  So this is one way to rate blogs, but it seems they measure more short term (one week) results, which can be subject to whims and temporary popularity, as even bad bloggers may write a good post now and then.

It seems a better measure of how good a blog is can be found at Blogjuice.  This site, which by the way, provides this service to sell advertising, measures four indices to give a blog an overall rank.  For brevity I will not go into their formula, because they explain it well on the site, but it includes how many feeds a blog has, it’s alexa score, the technorati score, and then number of links to the blog.  None of these are easily manipulated by the blogger, and are much less susceptible to momentary spikes in a blog’s popularity.  The drawback is a blog must be well established, in internet terms, to begin to gather the rankings on the specific indices.  However, I would maintain that if a blog is good, it will gather them quickly. 

I took the top 20 blogs from Blognetnews and ran them through Blogjuice.  On Blogjuice, the blog is given a score of 0-10 with 10 being the best.  Here are the results, with the Blognetnews rank following the name:

4.4 Bilerico Project 8

2.9 Blue Indiana 15

2.7 Fort Wayne Observed 5

2.5 Taking Down Words 14

2.3 Angry White Boy 9

1.8 Masson’s Blog 7

1.8 Hoosier Access 3

1.7 Indiana Law Blog 2

1.4 Ruth Holladay 16

1.3 Berry Street Beacon 17

1.2 Indiana Systemic Thinking 4

1.2 Opening Arguments 1

1.2 Region Life 12 

1.2 Masson’s Blog 7

1.1 Advance Indiana 6

1.0 Indiana Barrister 11

1.0 Hoosier Pundit 10

0.8 Kenn Gividen’s Indiana News 19

0.5 Blue County Red State 20

0.5 Veritas Rex 13

0.1 Digital Farmers Blog 18

So what does all this mean?  Well to me, it means Blogjuice is an indicator of how well a blog does over time, while Blognetnews shows more of a snapshot of what is going on right now.  So, which is better?  I don’t know and think knowing what is hot now could be just as important as what has done well over time.  For a beginning blogger it would be nice to know how your doing now and as your blog matures you could be more interested in how it is doing over time.  For readers, something doing well now could mean it really is good and will do well over time, while a more established blog is likely to have a devoted readership and more comments and interaction.

Still, does any of this really matter?  Unless your trying to justify how popular your blog is to an advertiser, or you have some competition issues, I really don’t think so.  Shouldn’t one write a blog because they like to?  I read somewhere most blogs have a readership of 1, so anything above that would be a success, in my opinion.  In addition, if you read things just because everyone else does, have fun in the herd.  You really may be missing something only you and one other person like.  Really, isn’t that what it’s all about, collecting your own list of interesting reading, not someone else’s?

November 30, 2007

Hangin with “The Meanest Woman In Indiana Politics”

The Blogmeister has just learned IST was linked to Taking Down Words (TDW).  TDW’s Blogmistress had the distinction of being named “the meanest woman in Indiana politics” last year.  The Blogmeister has never found her to be all that mean, but exceptionally well informed, with an uncanny ability to root out information from the deepest levels of Indiana Government.  In real life, TDW’s blogmistress is the Communications Director for the Indiana Democratic Party.

Thanks for the link Jen!

November 26, 2007

IST Hits the Big Time…Sorta

Last night, the blogmeister was made aware Fort Wayne Observed linked to this blog.  The blogmeister is a big fan of FWO for two reasons:  First, FWO is the preeminent place to find out what is going on in Fort Wayne.  Second, it is written by Mitch Harper, who the blogmeister has the utmost respect.  Mitch was recently elected to the Fort Wayne City Council and has a long history in politics.  For those who are die hard politicos, you will also remember Mitch served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1978-1990.  Mitch also (I think) still holds the record for being the youngest person ever elected to the House, when he was like 9 years old (just joking, I think he was 22 or so).

Thanks for the link Mitch!

November 24, 2007

Rules of the Road Blog: OR Making the Lawyers Happy (part 2)

Filed under: About The Blog — kurtglmft @ 3:03 am

No one likes rules, but to set some “norms” so there isn’t any confusion later please abide by the following: 

It is my purpose to provide a neutral forum where a wide range of Mental Health Professionals practicing in Indiana can post and discuss issues, link to relevant items on the Internet, make others aware of important developments and share and learn from each others’ experiences. 

In order to achieve these goals, all participants are required to comply with the following are the terms and conditions of participation (“Terms and Conditions”).  By participating in this blog, users hereby agree to be bound by and warrant their full compliance with the following Terms and Conditions.  In the event that any participant fails to comply with these Terms and Conditions, such participant may be denied the right to further access and participate in the blog. This blog may only be used for the following purposes:

         To provide a common forum for discussing politics and policy related to various Mental Health Issues

         To develop a Mental Health Community in Indiana

         To discuss possible directions for Mental Health Clinical and Policy issues

         To foster best practices – and decide the best route to codiy or standardize those practices         To share relevant experiences, but with the understanding that there will be no discussion or sharing of information about individual clients or other business transactions, product pricing, individual company business plans, market shares, or other information that may implicate anti-trust considerations.         To act as an alerting mechanism for persons interested in Mental Health to learn of relevant and new developments Do not post any defamatory, libelous, vulgar, obscene, abusive, profane, threatening, hateful, racially, ethnically, or otherwise offensive or illegal information or material, and do not utilize this blog in any illegal manner. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. 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Whew, that took a lot to write….  Now, lets have some Fun!

Making My Lawyer Happy!

Filed under: About The Blog — kurtglmft @ 1:07 am

I generally like lawyers (I know, I know, no one else does).  I work with a lot of lawyers, but sometimes they want things laid out in print that should be assumed by “normal people”.  So, to make all my Lawyer friends happy here is the fine print:

The opinions expressed on INdiana Systemic Thinking and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Aboite Counseling and Therapy Group, any organization mentioned, or any employee thereof. The Aboite Counseling and Therapy Group, or any other organization,  is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Blogger, or any one else making comments.

I know, Lawyers arent’ happy until their bills are paid, but this is the best I can do right now (wink).

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