I never really understood Technorati. That may sound foolish, but when everyone would write about how essential it was to be properly linked or whatever to Technorati, how many people use Technorati to find blogs, etc., I really didn’t follow the advice. I tried using Technorati, but couldn’t get the “ping” thing to work.

So I am shocked and awed to find out that Legal Insurrection is ranked No. 32 on Technorati’s list of Top U.S. Political Blogs, using the new, dynamic, more current Technorati measurement which seeks to “better reflect the fast-changing nature of the blogosphere.” [Added: The rankings change daily.]

By way of comparison, Big Hollywood is No. 31, Matthew Yglesias is No. 40, Ben Smith at Politico is No. 22, Hullabaloo is No. 28, Andrew Sullivan is No. 21, and Little Green Footballs is No. 49.

Most satisfying of all, the WhiteHouse.gov blog is ranked No. 34. Hah!

Apparently, there is a new algorithm which measures something to give someone data from which to compile this list. It has something to do with “authority.”

It is interesting to note that many of the top blogs have websites with big traffic behind them. I am proud that a part-time, amateur, pajama-wearing, technologically-challenged, free-standing, Google Blogger-blogging blogger who started just a year ago in a fit of frustration without having much of a clue as to what a “blog” was, can make it this far this fast.

Since I like my ranking, I will defend this ranking method with my life, if need be. Right after I finish defending John Hawkins’ Top Conservative Blog ranking (no. 16) and the TaxProf’s law professor blog ranking (no. 10).

From what I hear, bloggers can make like, millions of dollars from blogs. But I do it for the love of the art form. And it’s cheaper than therapy.

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