Sunday, September 30, 2007

Whallah! #14 with a bullet

BNN's Wisconsin Blogosphere Influence Rating combines a variety of data sets to determine which blogs are most powerfully influencing the direction of the Wisconsin political blogosphere. The exact method BNN uses to calculate influence scores must remain proprietary in order to prevent attempts to game the system. BNN's methodology takes into account the fact that all Internet data is profoundly limited in its reliability by using multiple data sets that, when combined, reveal a fair picture of activity in the blogosphere.

"Profoundly limited in its reliability?" They got that right.

Their system is so slick and sophisticated they have to keep it a secret. Maybe John McAdams did the study.

This week's rankings of Wisconsin's most influential political blogs, by Blog Net News:

1 McBride's Media Matters
2 Dad29
3 Texas Hold 'Em Blogger
4 Badger Blogger
6 Boots and Sabers
7 Real Debate Wisconsin
8 Spring City Chronicle
9 The Right Side of Wisconsin
10 The Political Environment
11 The (Somewhat) Daily RAG
12 Shark and Shepherd
13 An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
14 Whallah!
15 The Critical Badger
16 Playground Politics
17 Paul Soglin: Waxing America
18 From Where I Sit
19 Fraley's Daily Takes
20 Stepping Right Up!
Nice as it is to see Rowen, Soglin and Whallah! ranked, it's a little hard to believe that only three liberal blogs make the top 20. Of course, Charlie Sykes doesn't make the list at all and McBride is #1, so she no doubt thinks this is very scientific.

And I thought the Badger football team was overrated.


  1. Heh. It's probably are own damn fault for linking to her and mentioning her every post. It gives her double points in one of their categories anyway.

    Oh, well. One's civic duty is never done. We must persevere.

  2. Maybe in time I'll crack the top 20. Until then, I'll just keep plugging away.

    We on the left may not have won the battle of quantity in the top 20, but we surely won the battle of quality.

  3. I'm on the lefty blog roll. I'm hardly a conservative. Maybe in Madison, I guess.

  4. Hey if leftie hate blogs can make it this must be scientific.

  5. There is no basis for their study. For the three weeks they posted rankings, there is no relationship between what they say and how my blog is doing. All I can say is this: they have my ranking going in one direction when my blog is setting daily and weekly records in another (on hits and page views). (The secret: focus on Milwaukee and take on the Right. Attacking the Right in Milwaukee is almost as good as posting about sex.).
    Ignore this ranking silliness.

  6. It's a logical guess that mentions and links to and by others' about McBrice have vaulted her #1. Technorati, for example, builds a ranking based on mentions and links, so this is another reason to ignore McBride.

    Sykes isn't on the list because its site doesn't position its individual blogs to get some tracking sites' counts.

  7. Heh.

    You folks just keep working at it. Someday you'll get it.

    Try GOOD wine--really good wine---as an offering to the Logarithm God.