I had actually stopped checking my pagerank last month. It gets discouraging if you check your stats too often. I was starting to think that I was doing something wrong. I thought that maybe something I was doing was causing the GoogleBot to ignore my blog.
I was becoming more and more frustrated as more and more blogs passed me up. I started to question my skills at thinking and writing as I saw what I thought was inferior content ranking higher than Not John Chow.
Here is a big lesson for us beginners: write for yourself and your audience, not for statistics or someone elses view of what you should be.