Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kenyan blogs worth millions of shillings

Dane Carlson created a little applet which computes and displays your blog's worth. Just type in the URL for your blog, and it will return its overall value. Of course, the accuracy of the approach is debatable, as the value of a blog can be subjective and case specific, but it is still worth checking out. I just ran the applet for 10 of my favourite Kenyan blog sites. Here are the results:
These ten blogs give us a total of US$270,414.66. That's almost 22 million shillings! What could we bloggers do with 22 million shillings? Buy two and a half Hummers? Buy 2,700 US$100-laptops for schools? Pay 2 MP's for a year? Give 10,000 school children a school lunch for a year? Or do we just keep on blogging?

18 comments:

neema divine said...

lol, this is funny. keep on blogging i guess.

Mountainous said...

Blog for sale!
I could settle for just a Toyota :-)

Sukuma Kenya said...

If only it could lead to getting the criminals out of government...but nice to know we are worth something...

Girl In the Meadow said...

Wow, why don't i give someone the blog and they give me the money. I see things that simply

KenyaLuv said...

My blog is worth 0. that is so messed up. how does that thing calculate the worth though?

KenyaLuv said...

There's something wrong with it though because Ive tried different blogs and its either returns $0 or a few $thousand. so I think its faulty.

Rafiki said...

@ neema divine: Yes we will just keep on doing it.

@ Mountainous: You'd rather have a car than your blog?

@ Sukuma Kenya: I am sure your blog has some impact and is helping to get them out.

@ Girl in the Meadow: So yours is for sale?

@ KenyaLuv: I think your value is zero when your blog is not on Technorati. You should optimize your blog and make sure you are listed.

Shiko-Msa said...

We keep on blogging.

But enyewe 700k is not a bad sum. Ok then we wait until they're worth more and then we sell. But who are the buyers? Who wants to buy the noise on Wanjiku for example?

Rafiki said...

@ Shiko-Msa, there is no noise on Wanjiku, only high quality opinion and analysis. At such a giveaway price, investors are queuing.

kachwanya said...

Let me ask the same question as Shiko Msa. who are the buyers? I don't want to sell at $1,693.62 but i would have loved to know the buyers if they really exist.

Rafiki said...

@ Kachwanya: Buyers could be ISP's such as Access Kenya (thanks Bankelele for the lead on that on Twitter). Instead of creating their own messy http://www.home.co.ke, they could have just bought a few excellent blogs.
Since you are not selling, do you even need to know who would buy? Why worry? Do you need to know who would buy your kidney if you are not selling it? The question is first who would sell? And then, the next question is who would buy.

Teddy said...

Interesting Rafiki. My is worth 0.00 but I just started last month. Its nice getting this info and no one should think of selling. I will keep on blogging to add value from this rural area blog.

Rafiki said...

@ Teddy: Make sure you are listed on Technorati, I would say your blog should be worth at least something...
I agree nobody should think of selling.

Screamer said...

Hehe! This is either a con or you guys are not Kenyans... I know how a kenyan would act in such news, probably like mountainous!

Now rate my my blog, owen-wandago.blogspot.com

porky gourmand said...

my blog is worth $0.00, how much is that in shillings? Lol!

Rafiki said...

@ Screamer: Welcome to the place, let me add you to my blogroll. We know Kenyans, but not all of us are only interested in our pockets, we are not MPs remember.

@ porky gourmand: At least your blog is yummy!

Note that the thing is powered by Technorati, so your blog could show a zero value if it is not there.

Screamer said...

Thanks rafiki for the warm welcome. But don't forget; our MP's are us. Don't act like they are a different breed from you.

Now much does my blog cost? I want to know how much longer I'm going to own it.

kipsang said...

Interesting piece Rafiki! I should definitely interview you soon...