So I've hardly been posting and I notice that my reader stats have halved. They started out at a low (mumble mumble) figure and are now even lower. This is unlike Mark Bahnish*, who reports he's getting 2000 hits a day on what must be now Australia's premier A-list leftwing blog (or blog from any wing, for that matter.)
What is the A-list? I did some research into that for my MA last year. And now I can't find the online academic articles which defined the A-list. I did find this, which focuses on links. But links aren't all there is to it. The A-list is nearly all men. They are nearly always academics or journalists. They link to and refer to many other men who are also often academics and journalists. That is, they have the time and resources to blog, often; they have already-established reputations in the real world which they carry with them into this virtual world; they are often real-world mates with other A-list bloggers and thus garner and dispense links amongst themselves, keeping themselves afloat at the top of the list. They are the bloggers who will be asked for an opinion whenever a newspaper decides to do a scoop on the world of blogging.
Over here on the M list (that's M for mellow, missing out, mothers, medium, middling, mistimed, possibly miserable or mediocre - take your pick), we are not on top of things. We do not break news as it happens or comment immediately on the frisson of the day. We do not stay up late (unless it's with a wakeful baby). Some M-listers meander along happily, devoting their blog-thoughts to a simple domestic subject. Others, like me, muddle through, unsure which direction to head in, how much to reveal, what to write about. Wanting to write but with not enough time in the day (and without broadband at home and a too-large credit card debt to upgrade any time soon).
*I'm very fond of Mark and think he's doing a terrific job.