November 4, 2010

How did Althouse get to be #1 on the ranking of law prof blogs?

(Here are the rankings.)

So, then, how did this happen? Instapundit would unquestionably be #1, but Glenn had to take his public Site Meter down because it was interfering with ads. If you look at my Site Meter, Instapundit boosts my traffic. The other thing is that the first chart ranks by the number of page views, but if you scroll down, there is a second ranking by the number of visitors. On that second chart, I'm second (to The Volokh Conspiracy ). That has something to do with clicking into the comments threads. Not that the comments at Volokh aren't good, but there's a bit more action in the comments here, so a special thanks to the commenters here — along with all the readers who don't comment. You make blogging great fun for me.

62 comments:

Ricardo said...

"How did Althouse get to be #1 ....?"

I think Meade had something to do with it, with his hori hori. ("Read Althouse, or else ....")

And the Jenna Jameson ad doesn't hurt also. That probably attracts some Googlers. :)

Joe said...

Titus, and Sir Archie...and Ritmo and America's Politico.

AllenS said...

Even Trademark Dave showed up yesterday. I think you would get more traffic if some people didn't show up all of the time and hijack the thread.

Denver said...

See Ann giving your Althouse Hillbillies their steady diet of red meat pays off!

Roger J. said...

Seems to me Althouse is not as much as a legal blog as is Volokh--Althouse covers a much larger range of issues whereas Volokh stays mostly focused on legal discussions. Think we are talking apples and oranges here--but I enjoy both

Roger J. said...

Denver--you need to be a bit more precise in your terminology--I am a florida cracker, not a hillbilly.

traditionalguy said...

I blame America's Politico and all of the push back he generated from the other commenters. With AP gone, your #1 ranking may tank...unless we could entice Ritmo to up his comment level to make up for losing AP. Nevermind. In all seriousness, it is probably the great photos and the Great Meade Story added to your skill at arguments. But like that rural hayseed Bill Shakespeare, we don't really believe a Wisconsin farmer's wife could be so creative without using an intellectually elite ghost Writer from Cambridge at Oxford.

tooclass said...

I keep coming back for the Jenna Jameson ads to the right ---->

shoutingthomas said...

Not much into ass kissing today, Ann, but I'll do my best.

My work requires me to sit at the computer. Need a break from time to time. Arguing with other morons over inconsequential political shit is a good way to divert the brain from programming problems.

Used to BS at 2Blowhards, but they went out of biz, because keeping it up was too much work.

You seem to have the perfect setup. Respectability, because you've got a plum job. The job doesn't seem to take up any of your time, which is great for you. And, you really don't focus on the legal stuff very much, which is good because that's pretty boring shit.

So, you put up a lot of posts and attend to your blog constantly. That seems to be essential.

And, you do seem to consider a variety of sides to every issue.

How was that for a blow job?

Pogo said...
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t-man said...

And I am a hillwilliam.

HDHouse said...

red meat to the right wing perhaps?

Pogo said...

I'm only here for the food.

shoutingthomas said...

I think that your #1 ranking is entirely the result of the gawkers coming here to watch HenHouse make an ass out of himself.

Who else would dare to utter this astounding mind fart: "Muslims are the new Jews!"

It's a rare opportunity to observe a grown man shitting his pants in a public forum.

And, considering the popularity of all those reality TV shows, it's obvious that nobody can resist some asshole making a fool out of himself.

HenHouse, keep it up!

Chase said...

You're welcome. (Blush)

Still the best of the blogs.

Michael said...

I credit this blog for generally excellent topics that lend themselves to a range of quality debate. I believe that most of the commenters are people of good faith and the lefties participate with an abandon that nicely compensates for their lack of reasoning skills and numeracy. The comments usually confirm the dearth of humor on the left wing and the intellectual generosity and patience of the conservatives.

Pastafarian said...

Well, you do have a great mix of commenters from both sides of just about every issue, and that is a big plus for your blog.

Compare your comment section to that of the outstanding blog Ace of Spades, for example. There are some very clever commenters over there, but it's an echo chamber by comparison.

But I think that you have that good mix of commenters solely because of you: You have a running thought-provoking dialog with your commentariat.

You don't just say "Heh. Read the whole thing." You make interesting and unique observations, and you really put yourself out there; you put a lot of your personality into your writing, in both style and substance. It tends to give some of us the impression that we know you better than we really do, I think.

Keep up the good work.

bwebster said...

As someone who reads both blogs daily (and then some), I'd say that the difference is that comments here tend to be more entertaining -- riffs off your posts and off of each other. Comments at VC tend to be a bit more earnest (and a bit more about being right). For my own part, I do click into comments here more often than into comments over at VC. ..bruce..

garage mahal said...

I believe that most of the commenters are people of good faith and the lefties participate with an abandon that nicely compensates for their lack of reasoning skills and numeracy.

Hah.

Kirby Olson said...

What other law blogs are worth reading? What attracts me here is a feminist professor who is somewhat conservative. I find that to be a regular ice cream sundae.

Plus, I like Meade, too.

I like people in academia who aren't part of the groupthink. There aren't many. I liked the Durham in Wonderland blog, too, but his blog is so minute in terms of what he covers. You're better because you do popular culture and popular politics, but also have an ability to go into more abstruse legal points from time to time.

But the main thing is that you're a conservative but also a feminist. I find that funny.

I'd probably vote for you for president.

Bruce Hayden said...

Althouse, Reynolds, and Volokh, the three blogs (along with Drudge) that I automatically launch. Wonder what my choices would have been if I had gone to medical school instead?

The difference between the Athouse and Volokh blogs is interesting. Since Volokh is a group blog, the articles tend to have in-depth analysis. Which is good and bad. Ann seems to blog almost as often as the entire stable over there, partially I think because some of her posts are light and others throw-away to get us going.

Another difference is that the discussions over at Volokh seem to be dominated by lawyers, plus a certain number of pre-lawyers and law profs. On the one hand, that means a better level of argument, but on the other hand, when there are heated discussions, they can be more vicious. Nevertheless, I have learned an extraordinarily amount of law in some depth there.

So, then, why do I spend more time over here? Partly, it feels more like a community at Ann's blog, though I have known some over at Volokh for upwards of a decade (and some of the Conspirators even longer). And, the discussions are, to me, more enjoyable here. Maybe because we have such an assortment of characters here. When essentially the same discussion is going on at both sites, I find Volokh more learned, and this one more enjoyable.

Ann - keep up the great work. Thanks.

Lem said...

Your Kagan writing was better than the rest.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

How did Althouse get to be #1 on the ranking of law prof blogs?

Sarah Palin.

Take out all the traffic on the Palin threads, and I bet you drop behind The Volokh Conspiracy.

traditionalguy said...

Michael...I would not try to practice Numeracy on this Blog, or Crack will jump you. Seriously, that was a spot on comment.

kent said...

The comments usually confirm the dearth of humor on the left wing and the intellectual generosity and patience of the conservatives.

Perfect.

traditionalguy said...

I heard that Volokh once tried to marry a commenter too to keep up, but she turned out to be a 250 Lb customer of Trooper's that Trooper put up to it as a joke. It seems Volokh was a known Mets and jets fan.

kent said...

I heard that Volokh once tried to marry a commenter too to keep up

If we could somehow talk Ace into marrying AllahPundit, it would crack Site Meters across the length and breadth of the internet.

Trooper York said...

Hey traditionalguy don't diss the large and lovely ladies or I will Marua Kelly your ass.

Trooper York said...

I only come here because of Ritmo's posts. I learn a new word every day.

Trooper York said...

Usully it is a word that someone calls him, but still it's a new word. Just Sayn'

Trooper York said...

Plus I like to pratice my spelllling. Hee.

shoutingthomas said...

Trooper, I want you to know that it was I who applied the name "Shitmo" to "Ritmo."

Shitmo fits him so well, doesn't it? It's perfect.

Nobody shits mo' than Ritmo.

Scott M said...

Hah.

Garage once again demonstrates that age old literary axiom, "less is more". Less of him is certainly more.

(j/k GM, I still want that beer)

Trooper York said...

Actually Shouting Thomas, Ritmo is really not a bad guy out of the context of a heated political discussion. I feel the same about you. And garage. Even hd. We have to give each other a break now and then.

Mix it up all you want but at end of the Donnybrook we all need to go the cottage and Mary Kate can put supper on the table and we can have a few pints together. Just sayn'

Alex said...

red meat to the right wing perhaps?

TPM/Daily Kos/Atrios/HuffPo proved red meat for left-wingers.

DaveW said...

Althouse' blog is hard to define. I think of it as an artsy blog because of the photography. It's eclectic, it isn't really a political blog, and I don't think of it as a law blog. And the threads tend to be pretty entertaining.

Look at Hewitt's blog, it dropped by 40%. Is that because he moved to Townhall? That site is so ugly and packed with ads and pop-ups I stopped reading it long ago and I don't even have it bookmarked. I gave up Hewitt back during the 2008 election when he went completely insane over Romney.

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Der Hahn said...

I read both blogs quite regularly. The Volokh blog is a little less fun because it has an inconsistent 'voice' because it's a wide group of individuals. Some posts are incredibly dense. Lots of info but way more of slog than I'm willing to devote to a blog post. There are also a couple of bloggers over there who pretty regularly troll the blog with posts that seem to have little purpose other than generating a food fight in the comments.

EV used to have a nifty feature (before the blog moved to wordpress) that would include or exclude specific authors by adding tags to the blog's URL. I really miss that.

Scott M said...

EV used to have a nifty feature (before the blog moved to wordpress) that would include or exclude specific authors by adding tags to the blog's URL. I really miss that.

If you do that, though, wouldn't you only see the "I know you are, but what am I" side of a discussion? Nanny-nanny booboos only make sense in context, after all.

The Crack Emcee said...

Glenn Reynolds. I've pointed out several times he'll link here for no (apparent) reason.

After that, it's everything Pasta said at 10:35, especially freedom of speech. Althouse's comment section isn't an "echo chamber" - and Ann's no push over - so it works better than in the PC real world.

traditionalguy said...

Trooper...Are those lines from John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara's film about customs of your Irish homeland? I saw that film again last week on TCM, and was surprised at how very much the personalities and attitudes shown by Ohara and her family members in The Quiet Man reminded me of older family on my mother's side. At least your lines were NOT lines quoted from Maureen Dowd.

Sixty Grit said...

TY - I would say that practice makes perfect, but that would be a lie.

HDHouse said...

@sixtygrit

when would lying bother you?

Trooper York said...

That only works for masterbating.

garage mahal said...

(j/k GM, I still want that beer)

Same here. Been thinking of doing another road trip, maybe Memphis [never been there] and see Roger J. I think you're in St Louis right?

Scott M said...

As far as you know, yes.

Sixty Grit said...

hdhouse - what?

Your constant lying has never bothered me - heck, you rant about your many patents, your off-shoring of money to evade taxes and so on.

Your inability to write standard English is always on display, but fortunately, you keep your full Depends to yourself.

So carry on, Opus One Media boy - I am sure your leftist customers loooooove your lying.

E.M. Davis said...

Wicket E. Warrick could not be reached for comment.

Roger J. said...

Hi Garage--nope--in memphis--where do you those ribs come from :)

garage mahal said...

RogerJ
Yea I knew you were in Memphis.

Blues and BBQ, sounds like a good time. Maybe to get out of here when it's starts getting cold. Ill be sure to email you. The wife STILL talks about those ribsm, the first batch that is.

Scott M said...

What part of the pigm do the ribsm come from?

lol wv - "karib"

Martha said...

Bruce Hayden said...
Althouse, Reynolds, and Volokh, the three blogs (along with Drudge) that I automatically launch. Wonder what my choices would have been if I had gone to medical school instead?

I did go to medical school and Althouse and Reynolds are my favorite blogs. Ten years ago I liked Sullivan's blog but Andy lost me long ago-- even before his Palin fixation. Maybe I should have gone to law school instead of med school. Two of my sons are lawyers and the third one is a 1L now so I did sort of go to law school vicariously.

Big Mike said...

How did Althouse get to be #1 ...?

Posts about Sarah Palin.

Belkys said...

heh dont get cocky

Trooper York said...

Well don't get pee pee.

Garage got a lot of pee pee and it didn't help Russ at all. Just sayn'

Kirk Parker said...

shoutingthomas,

"My work requires me to sit at the computer. Need a break from time to time. Arguing with other morons over inconsequential political shit is a good way to divert the brain from programming problems"

Wow, you're my long lost twin! Er, or maybe my stunt double or something... :-)


Der Hahn,

"There are also a couple of bloggers over there who pretty regularly troll the blog with posts that seem to have little purpose other than generating a food fight in the comments."

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Kirk Parker said...

Scott M.,

The url-based exclusion was only in regard to the blog authors of the original post; it had nothing to do with commenters.

Penny said...

"You make blogging great fun for me."

Thank you, Althouse. You do the same for me as a blog reader and sometimes commenter.

Did I come for "the law"? Only once, maybe. The first time Instapundit said...

Do I stay because of "the law"? Hell no! Although I did learn here that we are a "Nation of Laws".

And until we can figure out just exactly how our Constitution has kept the embers glowing for so long...

Well? Do we really need to add more... "FUEL"?

LonewackoDotCom said...

Althouse has moved on from pandering to the teapartiers to pandering to all her commenters, including a few of the teapartiers in her comments who lie, mislead, and smear. If this were my site and some of my commenters had a habit of lying, misleading, and smearing, I'd call them on it. I wouldn't delete their comments, I'd just tell them they should do things my way rather than the teapartier way.

Obviously, Althouse is different that way.


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Unfortunately, I have to add this:

Because teapartiers are vile idiots (see the link) I have to point out that there's a 99% chance that any replies to this comment from 'partiers will be full of lies and smears. That's who they are and what they do. No teapartier has ever been able to present a valid, logical counter-argument to anything I've ever written. Instead, all they can do is lie and smear. That's part of the reason why I encouraged everyone to hold their noses and vote for every one of their opponents. And, I'm basing that on covering politics for over eight years in over 9000 posts. I have never seen a more malignant group than the teapartiers. See my site for all the details.

murgatroyd666 said...

Gawd dah-yam! Imagine how much higher Althouse's rankings would be if only she turned the blog over to LoneWacko!

Kirk Parker said...
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Trooper York said...

Hey I finally figured out how you can get the most popular blog.

Where's Chip Ahoy when you need him?