DadBuzz is Finally Launched
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).
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.
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.