As I noted in a private comment to the original count at Opinio Juris, I think we should not take these measures too seriously. For one thing, they ignore readers via RSS feeds; I know many of you, like me, read most blogs via a newsreader. (FeedBurner claims there are about
750 850 of you, but that’s just an estimate.) I give a full text news feed because I prefer readers to hit counts. If counts matter — and why exactly do they matter? Isn’t writing style, or quality of ideas what we in the academy should be praising in our top 10 lists? — one might, for example, want to at least distinguish between blogs with a full text feed and those without.
However these words find you, thanks again for a few minutes in your busy day.