As others have noted, blogging appears to be undergoing a recession (rage is so tiring); so I am thankful for any scraps of recognition or praise. Perhaps we should look for quality of readership, rather than quantity.
I am ego-boosted by my ranking as 6th/49 in Online MBA's list of "Top 49 Economic Blogs with Visual Aids", and the inclusion of Bearwatch on Alltop's live post-listing of "Top Economics News". We humbly rub shoulders there with some of the real big hitters, and are grateful that nobody's noticed our scuffed shoes.
When I finally suspect I'm an authority, I shall let you know. Until then, I shall continue to stand on the shoulders of giants, and pick their pockets.