Mysteries of the TTLB Ecosystem
My ranking in the TTLB Ecosystem fell from "Large Mammal" to "Marauding Marsupial," (my numeric ranking fell from somewhere in the low 600's to the 1,600's) overnight, and I can't figure out why. I waited a couple of days to see if it was some sort of fluke, but there my ranking remains. The odd thing is, by Technorati the number of incoming links seems not to have changed radically, and certainly my hitcount is continuing to increase, albeit at a noticeably slower rate than it has been.
It wasn't long after I started blogging that I discovered the TTLB Ecosystem. Naturally, as a new blogger, I was eager to see where I fit in and ranked; so I signed up and put the little snippet of code that's needed to refer to my status into my blog template. It's a fun little thing, and perhaps a bit of an ego boost (or deflation). My ranking rose fairly quickly from "Slimy Mollusc" to "Large Mammal." There I stayed for the last three or four months, with no change. I admit that I have no idea how this happened or any of the details about the TTLB Ecosystem works (the FAQ doesn't explain much), but it was a nice little bit of ego massage that implied that this blog was "evolving" somehow relative to the rest of the blogosphere (although there were times when the slow loading of the code snippet has tempted me to remove it from my blog altogether, lest potential readers become impatient).
Now, just as fast as the TTLB giveth, the TTLB taketh away. It now appears that I've "devolved."
Oh, well. It's no big deal, given that my traffic is, for now anyway, continuing to increase, and I remain quite happy about that. In fact, I can console myself with my thought that "Marauding Marsupial" sounds much cooler than "Large Mammal." However, I am still curious as to how such a drastic decrease in my TTLB ranking (low 600's to high 1,600's) could have occurred so quickly, in essence overnight. I can't seem to find the answer anywhere on the Truth Laid Bear site.
I suppose it will remain a mystery.