Congratulations to the over five thousand of you who put Balloon Juice over the top in a tough category. I honestly had no idea that we could even compete with the excellent writing in the top 250 TTLB-ranked blogs. Few make it there by being lazy.
As for why exactly we won, I have no more of an idea than anyone else. Maybe more of our our readers like the blog better than the rest of their reading list, or it could have to do with how our traffic spends more time at the site than most blogs. Maybe you’re all dorks with nothing better to do. About the only thing that I can say for certain is that the moment we embedded that poll on our front page our vote count spiked and never slowed down. Even if it’s more proximate than ultimate cause, credit mostly goes to Xanthippas for prodding us into doing it.
With the responsible stuff out of the way, let’s get back to blogging. Using mystical powers granted to me by the fallacy files I can confidently make the following conclusions:
* Never underestimate the power of beer blogging. If a competitor is already doing it then you need to offer more and better writing about beer, some whiskey blogging and possibly a series on absinthe. That includes you, Pharyngula.
* While one can theoretically win without Michael Demmons, I wouldn’t try it.
* The curse of the Cole-bino. Until it atones for losing John Cole from the frontpage lineup, RedState may never win the big one again. Substitutes that could satisfy the karma gods include Jane Hamsher, John Amato and Atrios.
Bloggers, ignore my words at your peril.