This blog started last December 3rd with a welcome post. The blog will soon be four months old. I thought it would be fun to see what posts have been the most popular, in terms of views, so I looked at the WordPress stats for the blog. Here’s what I found:

These were the 10 most read posts, in decreasing order of popularity:

So, what do these stats tell me? I notice that the articles about the basics of federated search are not the most popular ones. Either most blog readers are beyond the basics or else the basics articles are not easy to find. Abe’s year in review post is the most popular. That makes sense since Abe knows the industry very well and I would expect people to want to know what he sees. So, I’ll need to get Abe to write more about the industry in his “spare time.” I’m not surprised that the next most popular article is One-stop access to federated search applications since I’ve referenced this post several times from other posts and other blogs have linked to the post as well. It was interesting to me that Proxy servers and federated search and What determines quality of search results? were the next most popular posts. I see these two articles as a bit beyond basic but maybe that is what readers are hungry for.

So, which posts do I think are the best ones on this blog? Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

Realizing that it is difficult to find articles on this blog, I’ve created an Articles page that you can get to by clicking the Articles tab beneath the search box or by clicking on this link.

I’m planning to write some more basics and beyond-the-basics articles in the coming weeks. Topics will include authentication, planning for a federated search pilot, the role of metadata in federated search, URL resolvers, and others. Are these the kinds of articles you want to see? I’m open to suggestions.

Leave a comment and let us all know which posts you enjoyed most. I’ll keep an eye on the WordPress stats to see what is popular next quarter and I’ll report back and tell you what I’ve learned.

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This entry was posted on Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 2:50 pm and is filed under blog info, viewpoints. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or TrackBack URI from your own site.

One Response to "The best of Federated Search Blog"

  1. 1 Stephen Francoeur
    March 26th, 2008 at 10:50 am  

    I enjoyed the four content basics articles and the “what is a connector” post, as they provided just enough technical information to help me but not so much as to blow my non-techie mind.

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