WordPress is the platform of choice for the majority of the top blogs reported Dara Kerr (@darrakerr) of CNet yesterday.

Not a lot of people know that CNN Political Ticker, Mashable, TechCrunch, Boing Boing, ArtsBeat, Grist, Hollywood Life, and dozens more blogs use WordPress’ Web publishing platform. Not to mention several blogs for The New York Times that also use it, including The Opinionator, Paul Krugman, and Economix.

In fact, 49 percent of the top 100 blogs in the world use WordPress, according to a new survey by Pingdom. In distant second place are custom blogs with 14 percent.

Per WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg:

The last few years we’ve really focused on both the usability and flexibility of WordPress, which has resulted in accelerating growth in both big and small sites. I expect even higher adoption among the largest sites and blogs over the next year.

With many bloggers migrating to it from platforms such as TypePad, Moveable Type and Blogsmith, WordPress’ has enjoyed a 32% increase in users over the last 3 years.

LexBlog has joined the top publishers in moving to the WordPress platform. All new blogs are being run on WordPress with many of our clients opting to pay for the upgrade to WordPress because of the many advantages it offers.