2003 weblog awards

Wherever there are awards, there will be strong opinions on both sides of the fence regarding their value. The blogging world is no different, as evidenced by the fiascoes and debates about the 2003 Wizbang Weblog Awards. I’m of the opinion that the awards give people a chance to get a little recognition and it gives me a chance to find out about blogs I might enjoy reading. In other words, I like the idea. Here are some other types.

Those who dislike the awards and spend a whole lot of time writing about them.

Those who cheat for their favorite blog.

Those who remain silent about the awards altogether yet still manage to get loads of votes.

Those who plead with you to not vote for others, even if you don’t vote for them.

The last type has caused a bit of a competition between Kottke and Little Green Footballs. Someone fighting for LGF included a link to Alexa, proving that LGF had more traffic than Kottke and that made me curious about the amount of traffic other sites get, so I began putting in some URLs. Here are the results:


Alas, McKay and Jan’s sites are too new to show up on Alexa.

By the way, Kottke asked to be pulled out after large quantities of shady votes were deemed illicit. Perhaps a recount is in order…


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  1. I’m confused about the traffic ranking. I read the explanation but it made less sense than an IRS tax form. I’m thinking the higher the number the better? And then there’s the, “people who viewed the site also bought…” It shows that the majority of the people who viewed your site also like buying Microsoft books. What the hell does that mean? Baaaahhhh!

    Comment by jason on December 15, 2003 @ 8:42 am
  2. I think a lower number is better (as in 1 is the best). I hardly exist. Maybe if I write more about those Japanese used undergarment vending machines.

    Comment by Cameron on December 15, 2003 @ 8:57 am
  3. I was confused to see a rank of 380 but then I saw those of us using Blogger all have the same details. It’s using blogspot.com instead of the whole address to rank.

    Comment by Renee on December 15, 2003 @ 9:08 am
  4. Jason: Rank #1 is the best.

    Renee: I noticed that too. It doesn’t deal with subdomains, only top-level domains.

    Comment by dan on December 15, 2003 @ 9:31 am
  5. Sniff. I wasn’t even ranked.

    Comment by Jan on December 15, 2003 @ 11:56 am
  6. Jan: I tried yours and McKay’s but you’re too new. I’m sure you’ll be listed in a few months.

    Comment by dan on December 15, 2003 @ 1:09 pm

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