That was the title of a column of mine, but it applies as well to an ongoing debate in the blogosphere (well, in our neck of the woods, anyway).
If you recall, Asiapundit had a mass layoff (I was one of the ones fired). One reason was the lack of rallying round the blog when time came to put up a good fight. The result, apparently, was that the intelligent blogs once more by Xiaxue, which wiped the floor the with the other bloggersÃ‚Â Check out an entry in theory is the reason which dissects the showing of blogs nominated for best Asian blogs (Aiyee defends Xiaxue). Xiaxue doesn’t bother to defend herself: she proclaims her superiority, end of story. Then, go back to Myrick’s post in Asiapundit, and read the comments, which explains the problem with the Asian blog awards category as it stands (funniest part: Myrick feigning ignorance as to why his Chinese friends object to his idea of establish a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere webring).
Mercifully, the Filipino blogosphere doesn’t seem as obsessed with rankings and popularity as a measure of quality: or even fought among themselves over what they write or don’t choose to write. The bloggers jockeying for Best Asian Blog apparently campaigned intensively for the honor (flagrant harbor’s post shows campaigning, in reality anti-campaigning -“anyone but Xiaxue!- at it’s humorous best: “For crying out loud, she has her hair color sponsored!”); to her credit, the lone Filipino in consideration, Sassy Lawyer, didn’t lift a pinkie to do so. The most we wonder about is why certain topics are more popular than others, or why blogs covering certain things seem less read than newer blogs covering other things. I stubbornly insist our readership hasn’t decreased, and in fact, can only go up, with regards to political and news blogs. But we have to admit that the increasing diversity of our blogosphere means we will be, online, what we are, in the “real world” -interesting only to a minority.
Still, we all follow our traffic with varying obsessiveness and try to understand whatever the indicators –Technorati, Pinoy Top Blogs, Top Blog Sites, Site Meter, the TTLB Ecosystem and even Google– might have to say about us and our readers. We’re puzzled, at times dazed and confused, when our rankings climb, or when they dip, when people link to us or stop linking to us, and so on.