I am always shocked to see the Blue Skunk mentioned in any list of popular blogs. Being popular has never been the goal of this endeavor, but simply a tool for professional reflection, sharing, and amusing myself. (See Why the Blue Skunk blog.) I know I have a readership since I am known at conferences as "the Blue Skunk guy" rather than for any of the more professional pieces I've written, and I am not quite sure how to take that either.
I don't check any statistical data related to my blog, make any effort to "improve my rankings", nor worry about the number of followers I have on Twitter, never having been much of a competitor nor needing to depend financially on any of this stuff. My pleasure comes from re-reading an old post and thinking, "Hey, that's pretty good - did I actually write that?" and thinking it may have made someone chuckle or look at education a little differently.
I struggle with any "best of" lists in education. At the heart of most of them is some commercial interest, I'm sure. Too much attention to popularity discourages beginning bloggers. And somehow it just seems antithetical for any genuine PLC for any member to try to outdo the others.
Encountering outsized egos is pretty common here at ISTE. Perhaps that is what it takes to be listened to by the masses. But I hope attendees are also going to poster sessions and breakout sessions led by the quieter, more humble voices in the field - those that have children's, not self interests, at heart.
No matter how big the ed tech fish, we're all swimming in a pretty damn small pond.