Over at my other blog (which will, I hope, become defunct in about 43 days), I've been eagerly anticipating breaking into the Top 100 blogs on the Truth Laid Bear traffic rating. That hasn't happened yet, in fact we are slipping down every so slightly (currently at 129; we were at 123 about 10 days ago).
This doesn't mean that the traffic is not growing at that blog. In fact, we're up over 20% in the last couple weeks. It's just that the blogosphere is growing just as fast, if not faster. I took a look at what the daily traffic was at various rankings over the last few weeks. The results were somewhat staggering: The traffic at blogs is exploding.
Consider the following. On September 2, the #1 ranked blog under the TTLB system (either Instapundit or Daily Kos) had 249,000 visitors daily. Today, the #1 ranked blog had over 300,000 visitors, a 20% increase in traffic in only 18 days. And that is actually one of the smaller increases over that period. The 50th ranked blog on 9/2 had about 5,300 visitors; today's 50th ranked blog had 8,800 visitors, a 65% increase. On average, it looks to me like the average increase has been about 33% in eighteen days
That's staggering. If any major newspaper had been able to increase its circulation by 33% over the course of a full year
, its staff would be getting million dollar offers from other papers.