I remember the good old days in college when I used to have to name my Powerbook 5300 just right to get on the top few of my dorm’s list of machines on the chooser (I forget the name of the chat application we used to use, had a little comic-like talk icon in the chooser). It was not uncommon for a computer to have many tildas and exclamations at the beginning of their name to get up on the top of the list. I even remember doctoring my ICQ username. I bring this up because I have come to the conclusion that blogs with names beginning with the first few letters of the alphabet, get more hits than the rest.
This completely unscientific and tin-foil-hat induced theorem is based on my personal experience with reading blogs on a feedreader. When I browse through my Bloglines feeds in the default view, I almost always lose interest by the time I reach the P’s. Sometimes when I am really bored, I will reach the Q’s, but it does not happen often. I looked at the first item on the last feed in my list and I noticed that I had not read that feed since I started to try out Bloglines some weeks ago. I am sure that many feed readers and bookmark generators actually sort feeds according to last update, but I am quite sure that there are quite a few that follow the alphabetical sort.
I will have to make a concerted effort to start at the bottom of the list once in a while. How often do you read all the feeds in your reader (or all the links in your reading list) ?