Three bloggers rank blogs. They use different methods and not surprisingly get different results.
There’s a school of thought that the only reliable way to rank blogs is by using actual sitemeter data for visits. Unfortunately, most blogs don’t make this information public. Perhaps if more did bloggers could compare their statistics with those for other sites or have a listed ranking. This would help their interpretation.
It depends on what you’re ranking of course, visits are only one measure, comments are another and some blogs get fewer visitors but more comments. But quantity isn’t necessarily the same as quality anyway.
However, since it’s all just a bit of fun and there’s no reason to keep stats secret, should anyone want to know how many people pop into Homepaddock, what they look at and where they come from, click on the Sitemeter logo above the Clustermap at the bottom of the sidebar and it’s all there for the world to see.
I started blogging last April but didn’t install Sitemeter until part way through July, since then it’s recorded:
This Year’s Visits by Month
What intrigues me most is where people come from and I wonder if visitors from far flung corners of the world come by accident or design.
You can click on Clustermap to see where people come from too. It also counts visitors but is less generous than Sitemeter.