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Good Job!

Filed under: Awards,Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 11:52 am

Sometimes I like to tell my kids to do something that I know they’re already going to do anyway. Like, if they’re in a bad mood, I’ll say: “Make a grumpy face!” They will because they’re already grumpy. Then I’ll tell them “Good job!” for having followed my directions. (In fact, I think I have an example of that here.)

I appear to have done something similar with the Wizbang “Best Law Blog” contest. I told you not to vote for me, and apparently (for the most part), you didn’t.

Good job!

Anyway, thanks to anyone who voted for me regardless of my entreaties.

P.S. Does anybody understand how some relatively poorly trafficked blog called “Law Dork” managed to get a thousand more votes than the Volokh Conspiracy??

P.P.S. I have added the word “relatively” to the previous sentence, in response to the Law Dork’s comment. Adding the word helps clarify what I meant. My intent was not to insult the Dork; the readership of my blog is “poorly trafficked” compared to Volokh, Althouse, or How Appealing. I just didn’t understand how he got so many votes given his relatively lower numbers.

Apparently, according to the Dork, the answer is that his blog was made a cause célèbre by some other blog called “Jesus’ General.” I never heard of the other blog either, but that doesn’t mean anything.

Anyway, congratulations to the Law Dork, and apologies for any offense my “poorly trafficked” comment caused.

15 Responses to “Good Job!”

  1. Because the Volokh Conspiracy has totally gone to shit recently.

    Between David Bernstein trying to talk down the market enough to be able to afford a house, Jim Lindgren’s terrible posts, Todd Zywicki’s general uselessness, and Eugene’s own decline into “hey, check out this triviality!” I often only read VC once every several days.

    Sad, it used to be one of my favorites.

    Angry Clam (a7c6b1)

  2. But how did “Law Dork” get so many freaking votes? I’m just curious.

    Patterico (806687)

  3. As I’ve noted several times over at the blog, it’s because Jesus’ General decided to make me a cause celebre. I was waddling back and forth between 10th and 11th place when he started linking to me. Then, I moved up to 4th or so, then with repeated links urging people to vote for me, I ended up at first.

    And as for the “poorly trafficked” bit, thanks. I am very happy with my readership.

    Chris (969aa0)

  4. Chris,

    Sorry. I intended no offense. I meant poorly trafficked relative to blogs like Volokh, not in an absolute sense. I have updated the post to make this clear and apologize for any offense caused by my infelicitous wording.

    Patterico (806687)

  5. The voting place had demanded
    tto install a flash app on my PC.
    As a result, I didn’t vote, and may be
    there were others similarly deterred.

    Boris A.Kupershmidt (db4b68)


    Patterico (806687)

  7. Gotcha.

    Although, your correction does mean I can’t wear the “some poorly trafficked blog” distinction with pride. :)

    Have a good weekend!

    Chris (984f1d)

  8. I do not consider you a law blog or even a political blog but rather a “kind-of-conservative-mostly-writes-about-what-I-want-to-read” kind of blog. It’s just a case of the art becoming greater than the artist. No matter what your intentions, your readership sees your work differently from what you intend it to be seen.

    nk (f58916)

  9. If it makes ya feel better Patterico, I didn’t vote for ya.

    Army Lawyer (43642a)

  10. Boy, am I the dunce. I DID vote for you … twice.

    DRJ (15ed57)

  11. Does anybody understand how some relatively poorly trafficked blog called “Law Dork” managed to get a thousand more votes than the Volokh Conspiracy??

    Just checked out Law Dork for the first time, and I don’t understand how it even qualifies as a “law blog”. There is practically nothing that resembles legal analysis in any of the 23 posts on the main page.

    Law Dork may be an excellent blog in many ways, but I don’t see how it fits into the same category as Volokh.

    MDP (479d1b)

  12. The main problem with “The Volokh Conspiracy” is that it sounds like the title of a Robert Ludlam novel.

    Justice Frankfurter (2dcd84)

  13. Well, confirmthem would have won if there were a category for best confirmation blog sponsored by Redstate. Hrumph.

    Andrew (08ba2c)

  14. Or if there had been a category of “most ironically named blog,” assuming doesn’t count as a blog.

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