I went down to the wire on my Amazon reviewer ranking goal for 2005...
But as of today:
My goal earlier had been to hit 150, but I got there far faster than I thought I would. I then set the bar up to 125. But at this level, each ranking point upwards is a hard-fought battle, and I was stalled out between 130 and 128 for the longest time. But the last two days have moved me past whatever logjam was ahead of me, and I *just* made my goal.
For 2006? It'd be nice to get into the top 100. I'm not too sure how realistic that is, as the activity to get (and *stay*) there is pretty heavy. There's also a number of people in that area who review any and all things sold on Amazon (appliances, books, CDs, food products, etc.). Seems to be a bit silly at times, but it moves them on up. I am pretty much "books only", so it takes a bit longer to rack up the points to move on.
And if you wonder how the ranking works... On the site, each review by a person has a "Yes"/"No" button after the review asking if the reader found the review helpful. Although Amazon doesn't publish the formula, common wisdom has it that a point is awarded for 3 positive votes and for 10 positive votes. There's a deduction for having more negatives than positives if the difference is multiplied by the square root divided by the cycle of the moon, or some such thing. Basically, the more positive votes I get, the higher I move up in rank.
So, if you *really* like a review you read over here, feel free to click through to the book on Amazon, find my review listed on the book product page, and vote Yes.
I'm Duffbert, and I thank you for your support... :)