Do you enjoy the fictional world of the fantasy blog stock market? If so, you’re likely involved with one of the most entertaining and longest running offerings available, Blogshares.com. The self described market where players invest fictional dollars on shares in blogs has been up and running since 2003 and now attracts more than 50,000 visitors per month. Regardless if you have an account or not, I have a hot tip that will likely pay off ten-fold in the coming months…
Blogshares assesses a blog’s value based on a combination of
incoming/outgoing link traffic as well as actual trades made by
members. Although members aren’t actually buying ownership of a blog,
Blogshares members can impact a blog’s actual traffic by drawing
attention to the blog in the form of an upwardly mobile valuation. In
turn, this increases a blog’s reach and for niche blogs, such as a
cultural blog, that can be a useful tool at breaking into the cultural
Consequently, Adaptistration has always been one of the highest
valued cultural blogs at Blogshares but due to the move to a new server
in November 2007, it had to close the original account and start anew.
As such, anyone holding shares in the old stock made a fictional
killing and the new stock is poised to provide similar results.
Currently, Adaptistration has a buy price of B$5.24 per share.
Compare that to the old account’s buy price of more than $5000.00 per
share and you can see the fun waiting to be had. At the same rate, the
other "new" blogs at Inside The Arts are in the same position. Right now, Sticks and Drones is available for trade and Arts Addict, Books On Culture, and non divisi
are in the works. In Sticks and Drone’s case, some of the hard core
Blogshares members have already figured out the blog is undervalued and
are already making a killing by getting in on the ground floor. At the time this article was published, it has a buy price of B$2,261.25 per share.
Other Inside The Arts blogs which existed before the exchange was established are available for trade too. However, both Butts In The Seats and Brian Dickie have no shares available for trade but you can still place a buy order so you can snatch up any shares that might become available.
Membership at Blogshares is free but remember: it’s all fun and
games – there’s no real money or blog ownership involved. Nevertheless,
Blogshares has grown into one of several useful tools to help define
the rapidly changing world of the blogosphere so get in on the burgeoning cultural blog market while you still can!
POSTSCRIPT: Speaking of blog rankings, Scott Spiegelberg posted the latest update to his regularly occurring ranking of the top 50 classical music blogs a few weeks
ago and Adaptistration came in at #6 via the Google rankings! Jason Heath, my
blogging compatriot at Arts Addict, decided
to cast the written word into the wind and posted some video commentary on
Scott’s rankings via his 1/8/08 post. If you’re the sort of person who simply
gets tired of reading all of those words, it’s a highly