Respectful Insolence

I really have no idea how valid this is (I suspect not very), but every blogger likes a bit of ego stroking from time to time, and I’m no different. So, take this with an enormous grain of salt, but somehow on a new system of blog ranking on Wikio, Respectful Insolence is ranked #8 among science blogs and #466 among general blogs.

What this means, I have no idea, particularly given that the blog doesn’t show up at all in the Health section. I suppose I can console myself that I’m ranked #3 on the Medicine Blog Directory. Again, I have no idea what this means; so take it with a huge grain of salt, particularly since the rankings seem a bit out of date. Medpundit, which ranked #7, stopped blogging over two months ago.

On the other hand, such accolades do stroke the ol’ ego.


  1. #1 Bob O'H
    March 8, 2008

    Hmm. Well, the list includes Telic Thoughts, which is a blog about Intelligent Design. And it also has Nature, the journal, as a blog. Hmm.

  2. #2 Jared
    March 8, 2008

    Yep, your ego has jumped the shark.

  3. #3 Orac
    March 8, 2008

    Oh, it (my ego) jumped the shark a long time ago. I just hope the blog never jumps the shark; if that ever happens, it’ll be time to hang it up.

  4. #4 Eric Blood Axe
    March 8, 2008

    Taking salt to increase your scepticism sounds wooish to me.

  5. #5 Keith Eaton
    March 8, 2008

    I understand you are embarrassed by medical professionals and other PhD.s who signed the ID document questioning evolutions capacities to generate the complete diversity of extinct and extant lifeforms.

    When I read your screeds and innane criticisms I am embarrassed to be a member of the same species with a blithering goon like you.

    Please tell me you don’t actually practice medicine in the USA where innocent people could be put under your care.

    I loath you in every respect.

    I sure hope they interviewed you for Expelled so you and PZ butthead myers can be see by the public for the arrogant valueless wastrels you are.

  6. #6 brtkrbzhnv
    March 8, 2008

    I wonder why this Eaton fellow is so fired up. His belligerence seems a bit out of place in a comment to this particular post.

  7. #7 Dr. Mary Johnson
    March 8, 2008

    I love you in every respect.

  8. #8 Miles
    March 9, 2008

    Greetings, Orac, this is Miles over at!

    Thanks for posting about your position in our ranking system. Would you prefer to be categorized as a Health blog rather than a Science blog? Please respond to

    We are on a mission in 2008 to improve our ranking system every month it’s updated; we’ve already deleted Medpundit, thanks…

  9. #9 Kevin L.
    March 9, 2008

    I’m not exactly an expert on the blogosphere, but nonetheless I’m a bit taken aback: taking a glance at the blogs in the “celebrity” category, Wil Wheaton’s blog isn’t even in the top 100 – and I’ve never heard of any of the ones that are.

  10. #10 Nat
    March 9, 2008

    Using the Royal “we” now are we?

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