The Chemical blogspace (Cb) has ranked this blog!

I just recently found out this very blog of mine was found and ranked by the Chemical blogspace as number 96 (out of about 250, before you ask). I still don’t know how do they do the math but it seems it has to do with the number of clicks a blog gets over a certain period of time and relating that somehow to the number of new posts over that same period. The Chemical blogspace is a blog which retrieves information from other chemistry blogs on the Internet and gathers it in a way that allows one to search by author, blog, topic or even molecule. The following link is to the ranking of my blog within Cb.

Why isn’t it retrieving my photo or why do all posts appear in the feed without the proper title but with my fullname instead? I have no idea!

Be that as it may, I’m very happy to know this rather neglected hobby is out there, is getting read and has even become a small Internet resource. I call it neglected because my posting rate is about 1 post/month. Some posts have become very popular, such as the ones on NBO analysis and their visualization and the one on PCM calculations and troubleshooting. Some have never amounted to much like the one on my thoughts about baseball or the relationship between knots -through graph theory- and chemistry. Some rants I like a lot like the one on the invention of the wheel and some got posted without proofing (and they remain shamefully so) like that on basis sets. During the first few months the number of visitors was somewhere between 40 to 60 visitors per month, now I don’t have less than 1700 a month! I now get a lot of questions from -mostly- students worldwide, and although I can’t always help them -sometimes not even reply soon!- I’m glad to be taken into consideration. It’s interesting to get these questions since in the vast majority of them you can tell they actually read the posts first; this means this is people actually trying to get something done! I don’t think I’ve ever had a question that requires an RTFM answer, thank goodness!

This ranking makes me think it could be worth the while to post things more often about my own work; also a good redesigning of the site is due in order to make it a site and not just a blog. Who knows? maybe I can climb higher in the ranking by the end of this year 😉

Thanks to everyone who has ever clicked, read, rated and commented the entries!



About joaquinbarroso

Computational and theoretical chemist in his early forties, in love with life, science, baseball, and literature. Science literacy makes us responsible citizens, it is therefore a scientific duty to talk, write, and engage with the general public; as Feynman said, if you find science boring, your learning from the wrong teacher. "Make like a molecule and react!"

Posted on July 28, 2010, in Computational Chemistry, Internet and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Congratulations.


  2. Proud and happy!

  3. Dear Joaquin,

    the ranking is based on the number of blog posts you make and those linking to your blog, IIRC. Sort of a popularity contest.

    Thanx for sharing your views on Cb! I appreciate that.

    I have not written most of the code, so not entirely sure where the images come from, but I think Technorati:

    Regarding your full name… that seems to be the title of this blog.

    Hope this clarifies things a bit 🙂

    With kind regards,


  4. If you are talking about the title of the blog posts not showing up, but your name instead… that is a bug in the Cb code… This is some problem with how Cb deals with WordPress feeds… it was recently discovered, but is not fixed yet…

    The problem is somewhere in this source code:

    • Dear Egon

      That is exactly what I meant, my name (also the name of this blog) showing instead the post title. No big deal.
      I have to confess that although I had read chemblaics in the past I had never crossed with Cb and now I’ve become a huge fan of it. I think I should have made more justice to it on the post; a mistake I will soon take care of. It’s a great idea to have such a valuable tool for us who are working in the field or are just simply passionate about our science.
      Thank you Egon for your efforts on putting chemistry out there readily available for all of us!

  5. hola Dr.

    Realizo un programa en v.fort sobre dinamicas moleculares y he tenido un poco de problemas soble las aproximaciones de distancias en estados de transicion, por el momento solo hago la similacion en estado gaseoso sin solventes, me gustaria saber como hacer una aproximacion en este estado,

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