Well, Martha and I were discussing this yesterday, and given that UMW Blogs is now worth well over $120,000–which given the current deflation of the US dollar just ain’t what it used to be–we were hoping some unsuspecting Canadian business (high on the newfound power of their currency) would buy UMW Blogs so that we can finally afford that BlackBoard Enterprise we’ve always wanted. And hey, if we get full value we might even be able to put a little bit towards the down payment of our SPSS licenses.
Not bad for a three week investment, right? I am in the wrong business, I should have been in the bloodsucking business of helping people re-finance their blogs for the last three years, what was I thinking?
In fact, barring a complete economic collapse in the USA, we may even hold on to UMW Blogs for a bit longer, for given the recent trends we can only expect our investment to further grow, and the wealth and riches to amass accordingly. At this rate we might even be able to buy BlackBoard in another couple of months. Or even afford a Java programmer.
In all seriousness though, the tale of the tape for UMW Blogs is even more insane than predicted:
(About the size of one entire class of students -or roughly 25% of the undergraduate population)
The new blog and user activity is starting to level off, but the posts and comments are not. As of now, which is actually less than 30 days (25 to be exact) there have been 3,707 posts and 1,962 comments, keeping in mind that these numbers also include the 630 default posts and comments created with the new blogs.
Moreover, our Technorati authority (which with 75 cents will get you a cup of coffee on the streets of NYC) is 219 in just over three weeks time. Not necessarily an indicator of anything other then the fact that UMW Blogs will be ever more likely to show up in Google and Technorati searches making the work we are doing here at UMW that much more apparent and transparent. Wow, is this cool or what?
Now, when is it all gonna come crashing down around us? I still have a remark Alan Levine made last May ringing in my ears (and I paraphrase): “So you have all been pretty idyllic still at UMW, no real blow-ups.” Yeah, we have, but can it last? For that is the real question for me now, predominantly because the other question –“Can it scale?”–has now been answered “authoritatively” 🙂