Here are this week’s Virginia Political Blog Rankings.
One change you will note is the addition of a “Weekly Trend” column. This is a comparison of an individual blog’s trend from the previous week. It is only a measure of the blog’s rise or fall compared to itself. So, two blogs may very well switch places in the overall standing from a previous week even though both trended downward.
This was indeed the case this week as Blue Virginia rose to the number 5 spot replacing Shad Plank, while Shad Plank moved down to number 6. Both blogs were VERY close in rankings, and while both trended downward, Blue Virginia fell a bit less.
The intent of the trends column is to give the writer (or writers) of an individual blog some measure of feedback for the past week, and an idea if something they were doing was popular (or not so popular). And the obvious reason here is to improve the quality of Virginia’s blogs.
We also added a format that is easier to view.
Overall: 23 Blogs trended upward, 48 Blogs trended downward, and 3 were unchanged.
Righty Blogs: 18 Blogs trended upward and 32 trended downward, and 2 were unchanged.
Lefty Blogs: 5 trended upward, 16 trended downward, and 1 was unchanged.
Overall: 31% improved, 65% declined.
On the Right: 35% improved, 62% declined.
On the Left: 23% improved, 73% declined.
The two top blogs in the state, Vivian Paige’s #1 ranked left leaning blog All Politics is Local and the right leaning Bearing Drift opened a wider margin over the remaining Virginia Blogs, both trending upward this week. But Bearing Drift closed the gap a bit this week gaining 12% on the top ranked blog.
Congratulation to both for a good week.
As we collect more data, the trends will be expanded to monthly, quarterly, etc.
And here are the results (Note the Drop Down to display more than 10 on each table and the navigation arrows at the bottom):
All Virginia Blogs Ranked
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Righty Blogs Ranked
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Lefty Blogs Ranked
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