Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I'm Not Influential

So apparently the South Dakota Blogosphere has been abuzz lately over some out-of-state blog-thing. The reason for all the excitement is because this Blognetnews site decided to rank the most influential South Dakota blogs. Here's their list:

1. South Dakota War College
2. DakotaWomen
3. Typos and tribulations
4. Haggard News
5. Straight Talk
6. Badlands Blue
7. Sibby Online
8. Mount Blogmore
9. Northern Valley Beacon
10. robbinsdale radical
11. Madville Times
12. S.D. Watch
13. A South Dakota Moderate
14. Left Dakota Right Dakota South Dakota
15. South Dakota Politics
16. SouthDakotaMac
17. New Yankton
18. Hog House Blog
19. Rant-a-Bit by Scott Hudson

Now did anything about that list seem jaw-droppingly odd to you? If your first thought was "How did Sibby rank so high?" you're close.

I am astonished that this run-down dump of a blog ranked #4. Seriously, how did I rank that high? I barely post anymore and lately most of my posts have been about Canton. How does that make me influential?

I guess Canton was in the news a bit last week, what with the election for the nine new city commissioners. So maybe I had a lot of traffic even though I didn't post anything? But I checked and it said I didn't even get over 200 visitors that week.

So I'm calling shenanigans on's "rankings." (Except for the first two) I also find it hilarious that their rankings disclaimer says "BlogNetNews' Blogosphere Influence Rating combines a variety of data sets to determine which blogs are most powerfully influencing the direction of the South Dakota political blogosphere."

And I think these rankings will be interesting to watch. It looks like they update them once in a while. At least that's my assumption for why New Yankton and Hog House Blog have numbers after them.