I got the feeling I'm doing something wrong. Morally wrong. And some of you smart people can set me on the straight and narrow.
What's got me all confused is The TTLB Blogosphere Ecosystem rankings. As of this morning, I'm number 332. [To see where I am right now, click here.]
Position 332. Me! That's above mountaineer musings, baldilocks, The Flying Space Monkey Chronicles, Confederate Yankee, Jim Treacher, Hey, Relax....I'm just Sayin', and lots and lots of others. Stay with me now. I'm not bragging. I'm calling attention to something that's wrong. If you have been to those sites I listed, you'd know that there is no way I should be ranked above them in any way whatsoever.That means there is a flaw in the rankings.
As I understand it, the Ecosystem reads links on the front page of Web sites to other Web sites. Then totals them up and ranks them. This counts BlogRolls. Here's where something bothers me. Let's say I'm on the Alliance BlogRoll (I am). Let's say I'm on the Homespun Bloggers BlogRoll (I now am). And let's say Goober's Blog (not to be confused with the Goober Queen) is also a member of both. Does TTLB count that at 2 links for me? I'm thinking that, at most, one BlogRoll link should be all that's counted. But, that may not be possible. Still, I can join a bunch of BlogRolls and move up in the Ecosystem. That doesn't seem right.
Likewise, I'll post little link-dumps listing stuff I saw that day that was interesting or funny or something. I'll also send TrackBacks to the posts I link. Is that a breach of etiquette? Should I only send them if I'm writing a full post and not a little "go read this" kind of thing? I'd really like to know your thoughts.
I expect if anyone replies, it will be "you shouldn't link unless it's the topic of a full post," while others might say "It's how InstaPundit stays number one." Honestly, I don't know. I want to be a good neighbor on the Web to all the other blogs. Yes, you too, Wonkette. Anyway, like I was saying, some of you know a lot more about this. What should I do?
Now, before anyone says anything, I am aware that this ranking is not based upon traffic to a site. All of those I listed get a lot -- and I mean a lot -- more traffic than this one. So, it's possible, I guess, to be ranked number 1 and have only a few visitors.
However, in terms of average visits per day (not page views, but visits), I'm not even listed in TTLB Weblogs By Average Daily Traffic. I don't know why. Maybe I'm too new. Still, based on Site Meter stats of average visits per day, I think I'd fall about number 1042. And that's not bad. And, for that, I thank you.