You may remember a few weeks ago when that exciting "Top 25 Bloggers" list came out and yours truly was #18. Several bloggers immediately stepped up to criticize the methodology behind the list, claiming their blog wasn't fairly represented because they didn't know how to use Technorati or they had never heard of an Alexa Rank or their dog had eaten their Bloglines subscribers. If it's not one thing, it's another. Some people seemed to think that because small niche blogs like Library Stuff or Information Wants to Be Free weren't on the list, then it must be flawed. Some people, no doubt, were a little miffed to appear on the same list as me. Whatever.
I had my doubts about the list as well, because a couple of those blogs are excruciatingly boring, even for librarian blogs, and I just couldn't believe they were the top 25 of anything. And then there was the little matter of the AL being merely #18. I've been an alternative voice in librarianship since 1876, and #18 was the best I could do? I knew there must be a problem.
Fortunately, we have Meredith Farkas to fix problems like this. She conducted a rigorous, definitive, statistically valid survey asking readers to name their three favorite blogs. I haven't checked the details too closely, but I think something like half a million librarians responded. Maybe not that many, but it was a lot. And now she's reported the results. And guess what?
The AL's #1, baby! Woo hoo! Now this is more like it!
What can we learn from this, Meredith asks? "Well, seeing which blog is #1 (and that it wasn’t even all that close) tells me that a cynical view of the profession speaks to a lot of people. Nearly 1/4 of all participants in the survey voted for the Annoyed Librarian." I more or less quit reading after the phrase "wasn't even all that close," but I'm sure we've learned something from this. What we've learned is:
The AL's #1, baby!
Meredith tries to sugarcoat all this for the unfortunates who didn't make any cut at all. "A blog might not be a 'favorite' but might be one of those key useful blogs that just about everyone subscribes to," she writes. Sure, but maybe it'll be a "favorite" with your mom. Oh, and she offers this consolation: "Really, if you enjoy blogging, if you’re meeting your goals, or if you’re connecting with the folks you want to connect with, then you should be happy." Of course you should be happy. But you won't be as happy as I am, because, have I mentioned:
The AL's #1, baby!
First of all, I'd like to thank Meredith for the hard work making all this possible. I consider this the library blog survey to end all library blog surveys. I would also like to thank the crew of researchers, editors, and copywriters who make up my support team--without you guys I'd be nowhere! Of course, I would also like to thank all the little people I've had to step on in my rise to greatness. Thank you, little people.
I know there are probably some embittered blogging librarians out there who resent my rise to greatness, and to them I say, I forgive your envy and pettiness. Generosity of spirit comes easily when you're #1.
Finally, I'll leave you with one observation. It's lonely at the top, but at least the view's nice.