Some years ago (four (!) - I just looked it up) I took it upon myself to log the UK Waterways Ranking Site chart every week, thus preserving a regular record of the top thirty positions of waterways websites in Tony Blews's tables. At the beginning there was quite a lot of fluctuation as bloggers and website owners cottoned on to the ranking site; they installed the widget and put the position indicator on their sites, and they shot up the chart. And others moved down, of course.
Then things settled down, and the only major fluctuations happened when a new boating forum started up, or when a blogger recounted a particularly riveting story (there's a pun there if you'd like it). Now I can't think of any waterways website which doesn't subscribe to the UKWRS.
BUT ... the last two or three weeks have seen unusual ups and downs. Jim Shead's Waterways Information site has slumped to a lowly number 54 from its number 4 position of two weeks ago. New website Living on a Narrowboat has come from nowhere two weeks ago to number 4. And Sarah has written about her blog's sudden rise to 18 one recent Tuesday - a position which didn't last long: Chertsey is down to 58 today.
What is going on?
You might like a reminder of what the UKWRS looked like when it started up:
This was in its first week of operation, in January 2009. It's a lot easier on the eye now.
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