This post is just something I need to say to get it off my mind! It's nice to know that people visit my blog. It's extra nice when they comment and engage with me. But blog listings like Amatomu trigger off my competitive impulses and can be destructive! If my blog sinks in the ratings, I think of feeling inadequate, if it rises, I feel better. I need to remind myself why I am blogging. And it doesn't hinge around popularity!
And, anyway, the rankings may not be that meaningful anyway. Many people, where bandwidth is relatively cheap, use web accelerators. These automatically load all the links on the any page displayed, making load time very quick when you decide to go there. This also means that if your page is listed on a google search, a hit is registered, even if there is no actual visit. So, even inactive blogs may look popular, because they are coming up on search engines and generating phantom hits. I know that most of the hits on my blog are like this - so my blog may be even less popular than it seems!
The other thing is that, for some reason, sitemeter does not pick up every hit and so I imagine the same would go for Amatomu. More than once I've said to someone that I'd had no real hits that day and they'd respond, 'but I was there earlier'. Or a comment is left, with no corresponding visit recorded.
And, of course, many regular readers read by RSS feed and they are also not counted!
So, I just had to get that rant off my chest! I blog because I want to.