The new Wikio blog rankings are about to be released, and an advance look indicates that FDL has jumped to ninth from eleventh place among all political blogs:

1 The Huffington Post
2 The Corner
3 Hot Air
4 Think Progress
5 Michelle Malkin
6 Horserace (CBS)
7 Political Punch (ABC)
8 Gateway Pundit
9 Firedoglake
10 NewsBusters
11 Instapundit.com
12 The Plum Line
13 Political Ticker (CNN)
14 Daily Kos
15 Crooks and Liars
16 fivethirtyeight
17 The Caucus – New York Times blog
18 Power Line
19 The Volokh Conspiracy
20 Redstate – Conservative News and Community

This is no small thing after a year of Democratic leadership that has left much of the recently mighty netroots treading water–or even sinking–as it tries to find its voice in relationship to the ruling majority. The Huffington Post still sits atop the list, but, since last October, Think Progress has been overtaken by both Hot Air and the Corner, sliding from second to fourth. (As the progressive netroots found at their genesis, it’s always easier to play opposition to the party in power.) Greg Sargent’s original reporting at the Plum Line is the other bright spot, jumping from #23 to #14 since last October, while Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish opinion site has dropped completely out of the top 20.

Wikio is closely watched as one of the most objective measures of blog influence on a month-to-month basis. Since they don’t count blogrolls, and the value of an incoming link decreases over time, the inherent advantage that older blogs have in other rankings disappears. By that metric, some of the old guard of the lefty-sphere are getting hammered right now.

I believe that FDL’s growth reflects our continued expansion into original reporting, our strong policy analysis, and our focus on preserving institutional memory. Those are all net value-adds as the blogosphere matures and the public grows skeptical of ad hominem attacks in the service of rigid party dogma. It is also a testament to the collective efforts of moderators, support staff, and all the commenters and readers who work tirelessly to make the site what it is.

Over the last 17 months, FDL has tried very hard to adhere to the same principles we held during the Bush years, separating policy from personality, welcoming people with divergent views, and favoring results over rhetoric. We’ve also tried to offer a home to both information and activism that could take this quadrant of the new media universe past simply writing about the change we wanted to a place where we could advance it.

The rapid, sustained growth of our readership, and now the latest Wikio rankings, are testaments to the success of those efforts. As FDL’s Managing Editor, I want to thank our entire community for the invaluable role they played in helping us get here.