An Animal stampede

The Washington Monthly’s decision to hide Kevin Drum’s blogroll in a pull-down menu no one is likely to find was a noticeable blow to the left side of the blogosphere, at least if my experience is typical.

On a typical day with no item link, CalPundit used to send me about 120 visitors. That site still sends me about 20 a day, suggesting that some people are visiting it just for the blogroll, but the Washington Monthly site sent a total of 21 visitors last week.

However, today I had my first item link from the new site, and it produced the biggest one-hour surge my site has ever experienced. For the day, that link alone produced more than 1100 hits. ( Matthew Yglesias, Cursor, and Eugene Volokh also made big contributions to this site’s biggest day, at 4500 unique visitors and 7000+ pageviews, compared to weekday norms of just under 2000 unique visitors and just over 3000 pageviews.)

I suppose if the spinning hit-counter from an Instapundit link is an Instalanche, the analogue from a Political Animal link must be an Animal Stampede.

However, I still hope Washington Monthly reconsiders its blogroll policy.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com