Spurred by this post, I went to technorati.com to see what Discourse.net's rankings were.
According to technorati.com, this blog currently has an “Authority” of 229, and a “rank” of 23,628.
Authority seems to mean no more than “the number of blogs linking to a website in the last six months”. That's not “authority” — at best it is a measure of inter-blog popularity. And rank is just a measure of relative inter-blog linkularity: “Technorati Rank is calculated based on how far you are from the top. The blog with the hightest [sic] Technorati Authority is the #1 ranked blog. The smaller your Technorati Rank, the closer you are to the top.”
When I started blogging, I cared about this sort of stuff; now I can't seem to care very much. Is that a sign of maturity, or that it's time to stop?
Ever since Pandagon started running porn ads, I’m down to reading like 10 blogs for fun (and a few others that aggravate me, just to remind me why I’m a feminist), and if you stop blogging I’ll be really bummed.
No.. It’s a sign you care more about delivering quality content for the reader and arn’t hung up on some arbitary number that’s nothing more than a bragging platform for most.
I’ve never got in to it either, but no doubt the ranking is easily manipulated like every other online measuring stick.