Tumeke's Tim Selwyn has done another sterling job in ranking NZ's political blogosphere for another month -- you can see the new top twenty in Tumeke's side bar.
Quite a few movements, most of them due to the increasing tribalisation of the blogosphere over the election period, and one of particular relevance to this blog: it's moved back up from seventh to fifth, for which I have to thank you, the readers.
So that looks to me like you lot have enjoyed what seems to have almost become NOT PC's primary focus over the last few weeks: providing rational commentary on governments' pursuit of economic destruction. I hope so.
Other big moves:
- Clinton Smith's Double-Standard takes over from Russell Brown's Public Address at number two. That's a big move -- there was a time when Public Address and Kiwiblog were the unassailable "Big Two." For the Double-Standard to knock it off PA in just one year is quite some move, attributable perhaps to the help from both the Ninth Floor and NZ's biggest union making it essentially the country's first "full-time" professional blog.
- The Chris Trotter/Matthew Hooton blog zooms up seven places to seven: a well-deserved move. Love them or loathe them, if you haven't yet heard the spin these two can put on an issue, you have yet heard what a spin doctor can do to an issue.
- The Green Party's Frog Blog drops five to nine. Also richly deserved. Instead of being an outreach tool for the Greens' anti-industrial ideology, as it once was, Frog has more and more become a blog for the already-converted -- and with the collapse of the world's financial centres, the Frog's whining schtick has rapidly become less relevant.
- No Minister drops four to ten. A big drop for a big group of bloggers. I blame the blue-tinted specs they've all put on for the election period that've been blinding them to what's really going on in the world.
- And in other moves: the often hilarious Dim Post deservedly moves up four to twelve; the much quoted newbie Roar Prawn roars up to enter the top twenty at thirteen (unlucky for some, but); the stodgy Inquiring Mind drops four to fifteen; Poneke has obviously written about one bus trip too many, continuing its slide -- this month down to seventeen; and (as if to show the world's changing) the often rational Visible Hand in Economics enters the top-twenty at nineteen.
So that's one tribalist up, several tribalists down, and a new enthusiasm for rational economic commentary. To my mind that should make Paul Walker's resolutely non-tribal and remarkably rational Anti Dismal much more visited than it is. Check it out.
Anyway, congratulations to all the big movers, commiserations to those who've lost their place -- and for readers: take the opportunity to use Tim's hard work to check out a few new blogs when you get the chance.