Mathbloggers — does anyone get it?
Does anyone have any clue how Mathbloggers works? Their main page is supposed to be top blog posts from “today”, yet most of them are 2-3 days old by the time they appear there. I can’t seem to figure out what causes a post to appear on one of their “top” pages (daily, weekly, monthly). Some but not all of the posts note another blog that linked to them. Some of my posts have appeared in the past, not necessarily my most popular ones according to my blog stats. (Perhaps the most commented upon?) On the community page, my blog is listed, and it’s rank goes up and down, but I can’t guess why. Other blogs that have appeared on the daily posts page are not listed under community at all. Their own explanations of how it all works are (understandably) deliberately vague, to prevent gaming the system. But I’m curious if anyone has any insights into this.
I do sometimes find something interesting to read that I wouldn’t have otherwise seen, so I do appreciate that. The ranking algorithm just seems rather odd, and mathematical content does not seem necessary to have a post be highly ranked.