The sound of the self-congratulatory patting of my own back. I’m quick to point out that I ought to be far more humble than most, because I have the most to be humble about. Nevertheless, I confess I just had a fleeting moment of reflexive back-patting. I was fooling around on Technorati, trying to figure a way to get an RSS feed of blogs that link here, and decided on a whim to search for “emerging church” blogs. I figured I’d probably find a popular blog or two that I hadn’t seen before, and I was right; I think I’ll repeat this search from time to time and see what other gems might turn up.
Anyway, the thing I discovered in this process that surprised me was that I was #12 on the list, which Technorati claims to be the top “20 blogs tagged emerging church sorted by authority.” Wow. I’m not sure I’ve ever been an authority at anything… but even so, I’ve got such a long way to go I won’t ever catch up with top-spot holder, (predictably and deservedly) Andrew Jones. Besides, I thought you actually had to know something to be an authority turns out I was wrong, who knew? I don’t think I even want to know how these ratings work (which I don’t) because I’m quite certain I’ll have to re-adjust myself down thirty or forty spots. But with a few small gymnastics, I can easily bump myself up to #10 on the list, because Andrew and Aaron Flores each hold two of the spots above me, and each of their spots sh/could be combined to take up two places instead of four. Now by the skin of my teeth, this gets me a top-10 spot, and it’s is where all the self-congratulatory patting comes in.
But don’t worry, by the time you read this and check for yourself, I’ll most likely be bumped down the list by someone else… a natural adjustment which may come as a welcome relief to most of the emerging church worldwide. I now return you to my regularly-scheduled and more humble blog-spewing. But ain’t Technorati grand?
And now I hate to burst your bubble Maynard, but it seems bogus to me. I checked the top 65 on the list, and nowhere to be found are two of the MOST linked dudes who would be considered EC blogging “heavyweights”, Jordon Cooper and Alan Creech. There were also plenty of other omissions. Lists shmists. Sorry.
Hey Maynard, I hope you didn’t take the previous comment that I just made on your the wrong way. I just reread it, and it sounded like it could come off as me being pissy, which wasn’t how I meant it at all. It was a jest. Sorry. When will I learn to think two or three times before I type?
Phew. I run Google homepage, and top-center of the columns is a Planet Emergent feed, and the top item I see in that feed is this title.
I thought Bro. Maynard was calling me out for heresy (join the freakin’ list, Bro) ;-)
I’m glad to see that you’re simply self-congratulating. As I said, phew.
For what it’s worth friend…your in my top 3!!!!! What does Technorati have on me?!?!
Grain of salt needed!
If I’m on the list at 26, and Jordon Cooper or Alan Creech are not listed, that says something!!
…race you to the top ten! (you’ve got a jump on me!!)
My guess is it might have to do with whether you claimed your blog and listed the tags you want.
Perhaps the more well-known guys haven’t done that yet.
I was thrilled when my technorati ranking dropped below a million. :)
update: today Subversive Influence has cracked the top ten, with VanguardChurch bringing up the rear at number 16.