Well, Bear obviously didn’t go anywhere over the holiday weekend! Not only did he clean up the duplicate entries, add update notification, and allow for people to edit their entries on the Ecosystem, he has now added rankings by traffic statistics for those blogs using SiteMeter.
As Steven discovered by a semi-random sampling, the correlation between visits and linkage isn’t nearly as high as one would expect. Indeed, a handful of the highest traffic blogs have virtually no linkage whereas some of the higher linkage blogs (including OTB) have somewhat modest traffic.
One wonders, however, if there isn’t an operationalization issue here. Do all the sites exclude self-visits? My “traffic” would probably triple if I didn’t exclude my home and work IPs from the count.
Update: Kevin points out (see trackback link) that SiteMeter actually does a pretty good job of filtering out self-visits, even if one doesn’t exclude one’s own IP.