DadBuzz is Finally Launched

By: Keith

 

If I’ve seemed a little distant to some recently it’s because I’ve been really busy trying to configure and work out the bugs in our new Dad Blog Aggregator, DadBuzz.com.  I experimented with the optimal number of blogs to include that wouldn’t make the load time unbearable.  At first we used RSS feeds, but that proved too slow because some of your feeds are really slow for some reason; it was just taking too long.  So now we have direct feeds which work much better as they seem faster and we can cover the people who aren’t on RSS.  We’ve also put a condition in that stops an update if it takes longer than 3 seconds.  I feel confident now that I can announce our launch!  The format is still simple and there are no frills, but the framework is there, and it’s working well (most of the time). 

  

The Purpose: 

  

Simply put, I want a place to aggregate my Top Dad Blog lists and to include some up and coming blogs that aren’t currently on the list but which might make it next time.  When visiting DadBuzz you’ll notice that the top 6 are featured blogs.  These will be rotated once a week and will be blogs that I have recently found interesting and worthy of a featured spot regardless of their SEO rankings.  The next 25 blogs below are going to be a constant; they are the top 25 blogs on my Top Dad Blog list as determined by my data.  After the top 25, the rest are going to be randomly selected once a week.  I’m still working it out, and all of this might change.  But, for now that’s what I’m planning.  

Problems: 

  

1. Some people have not had activity in over a month.  Regardless of rankings these people won’t be included until they resume activity.  Not as any sort of spiteful thing on my part, just that I want DadBuzz to be a source of updated articles. 

  

2. There are still some loading errors that occur when a particular site is having technical difficulties that cause it to run slowly.  If a blog is loading too slowly, and it affects DadBuzz, then I remove it until the issue is resolved. 

  

DadBuzz will continue to grow and get better.  This is just the beginning.  We’ll eventually spruce it up and add new features.  In the mean time I hope you all use it as a spring of relevant happenings in the online dad community. 

7 Responses to “DadBuzz is Finally Launched”
  1. Nely January 25, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Congrats! It looks like a great site. Interesting look into the world of men (fathers). Thanks

  2. Parenting Old School January 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Nice Work! Unfortunately I am not making the cut. I suppose I should start cranking out some more content and I might be worthy. LOL

    Nice work though it is a nice way to feature the best dad blogs out there.
    .-= Parenting Old School´s last blog ..Your Kids Are Your Own Fault =-.

    • Keith January 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

      Keith: You will! I’ve got you in the que. I just haven’t gotten around to running your stats yet. But, don’t worry — I’ll do it soon and you’ll make it :-)

  3. Jeff April 18, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    How does a Dad get noticed? Do you just go thru search engines?
    .-= Jeff´s last blog ..Brings out the worst? =-.

    • Keith April 19, 2010 at 8:26 am #

      Jeff: You just got noticed by giving me your URL :-) I’ll run your numbers in a few months (that’s when I update my top Dad blog list) and see how I can fit you into dadbuzz. Thanks for contacting me!

  4. urban daddy December 14, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    I checked it out and really like it! Congrats. I was surprised to see one of my faves, Steelydad, on the list since his last post was Feb 2010. I dropped him from my blogroll for that reason but began following him on twitter (love twitter! @urbandaddyblog) because he’s tweeting instead it would appear.

  5. dadsinthekitchen December 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Great concept well done. I’ve been scratching for crumbs and here you’ve got the whole smorgasbord. Plus dessert. Really appreciated, for those of us still on the vertical learning curve. Now my blog knows what it wantsta be when it grows up.

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