WordPress support told me that they would not share their "algorithms" with me when I asked a reasonable and rational question: Why was another blog given the featured post when 99.9% of the posts tagged with Jane Austen's World came from my blog? And frankly, I don't think my posts are poorly written or poorly received or poorly linked to other sites.
I tested the algorithm today, writing a post that used the term "Jane Austen's World" at least 30 times in one post, and that linked to 35 blogs, websites, or posts with links to Jane Austen's World or with terms that used Jane Austen and World.
Interestingly, the other blog (with a 6 week old post) is still the featured blog for Jane Austen's World. Now, folks, my blog's name is Jane Austen's World and it sits #1 on the first google page when you type in the term. So, what is WordPress's purpose for a featured blog? This is very strange. The other blog has been the featured blog since before Christmas.
What I propose is this: have readers vote on which blog should be featured in a particular category. Forget the algorithm, which, according to the scores of complaints about featured blogs, is obviously not working well.
Of all the tags and labels for my posts, this is the ONLY category I've complained about. I defy anyone to go to the Jane Austen's World tag and agree with WordPress that the blog that is featured should be sitting on top of that category. Thanks for listening.
The blog I need help with is janeaustensworld.wordpress.com.