The third installment of my index of Objectivist sites and those with sympathetic ideas is now available, with data from October 2010 from Compete.com. You can check out the August 2010 and September 2010 lists as well. I currently monitor traffic for 214 websites, and list everyone with 1000+ visitors here.
Now With Tracking for Hosted Blogs
For the first two lists, I was not able to provide traffic data for blogs that were hosted on WordPress, Blogspot, Livejournal or other subdomains. Now, I have a paid account with Compete.com which gives me access to that data. I’m excited to reveal several popular blogs that were previously excluded: Rule of Reason, EGO by Martin Lindeskog, and Bosch Fawstin.
New Additions to the List This Month
We have 10 new additions to the list this month: Objectivist Answers, John McCaskey, Bosch Fawstin, EGO by Martin Lindeskog, Principles of a Free Society, Objectivism 101, The Prodos Blog, Rule of Reason, A Daily Dose of Reason with Dr.Hurd, and Capitalism by George Reisman
Also, I’d like to note that Rational Mind has been removed from the list because although it an Objectivist site and receives a lot of traffic, it is due to an awesome programming blog hosted by the author at a subdomain, unrelated to Objectivism. Thank you to David for clearing this up.
October 2010 Index
Giving the List an Official Name
I’m not really satisfied with the “Objectivism Index” because it doesn’t really give it a name to match the purpose of the list. I’m not deeply concerned with whether or not the people on this list are Objectivists. Instead, I’m curious to see who is out there having an impact on cultural change in the direction we want to see. This means that people advocating for capitalism, individualism, and other values are interesting to me… even if they’re not Objectivists. I think a smaller list that focuses on the success of ARI affiliated sites and Objectivist intellectuals might also be an interesting project, but this is broader than that.
Criteria for Inclusion in the List
With Pamela rocketing to the #1 spot, I expect it will soon be necessary to have a conversation about how this list is put together and who makes the cut, since I’ve positioned it as being primarily about Objectivism and she is a Libertarian thought leader. I’m curious to hear your thoughts in the comments, and I will be writing a separate post soon to further this topic and share my thought process. Editor’s Note: I’ve removed Pamela’s blog from the list for now, since her connections to Objectivism are a lot less significant than I had originally thought.
Suggestions and Additions
I am still very actively looking for more sites to index and monitor. There are over 200 websites that I am currently watching that do NOT make the cut for the monthly index. If you would like to submit your site for inclusion next month, please feel free to leave a note in the comments or contact me using the info found on my contact page.