"#874,362 in the Time Top 25"

2008
Apr
7

Let’s face it, if this blogging non-effort had made the Top 25 in Time.com’s First Annual Blog Index, or even the 5 Most Overrated Blogs, my head would have swelled to a truly unsustainable size and I would have joined the short list of those killed by blogging. But there are a few notable things to be taken away from this unfortunate invasion of the Blogosphere (I said it again!) by one of the deader or the dead-tree media…

#1 Ace of Spades HQ: Am I surprised that the one token RightWingNutPajamaPolitiBlog on the list would do the best job of hyping the list to its readership and pumping up its standing on the list? (over 2300 votes so far averaging an 8-out-of-10 rating) Don’t you just hate rhetorical questions? By comparison, the HuffPo has 1500 votes and a 5 rating, Kos has 1200 and a 6. Or maybe Time.com’s vote counting system was made by Diebold.

#2 (and it was #1 for a while until the ShockAndAweTroops hit) Indexed: Here’s a tip to all you struggling webcomics artists: put your site in blog form so you can kick ass in more than one category.

Geewhiz, my beloved MetaFilter has only gotten 550 votes? Here’s a hint, kiddies, you CAN vote on EVERY ONE of the 25 blogs listed, even though that would give Time.com 25 pageviews and encourage them to keep breaking up lists into this annoying format (Hey, even one of the blogs on the list was annoyed by the format, but then, that’s in its mission statement). You can even rate the “5 Most Overrated Blogs” although the results will not be seen by anyone but Time.com insiders who will use the data to determine their future editorial position on LOLCATS. And it appears to be letting me vote more than once on the same blog, but again, you never know what happens to your vote after you make it…

And there is a mistake in the “Your Votes” list that the ULTIMATE in either (1)stupidity, (2)irony or (3)Freudian slippage: “Regret the Error” (the blog about journalistic mistakes and corrections) is mislabeled with the name “The Dullest Blog in the World”. Okay, my head has now esploded. UPDATE 4/8/08 1PM… They finally fixed it, but in the process reset all the votes for “RtE” to zero… but the dozen or so votes they’ve gotten since the reset ranks them higher than the 200 or so before. Go figure.

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