The A-Listers: Myth Or Reality?

Imagine if there were no different shades of bloggers - from A-listers to Z-listers. ..from baby bloomers to baby boomers...and what have you. How dull the blogosphere would be.

Everyone would be patting each other's back and uttering monotonous platitudes to all and sundry. If that kind of situation exists then I might as well pack up and go home.

So it stands to reason that a vibrant blogosphere is where folks are able to enjoy the freedom of expression, to be able to rant and rave about anything conceivable in the human mind.

Recently, there was an interesting debate going on at Deep Jive Interests where Tony Hung referred to a specific group of bloggers who could "make, change, and report news and opinion on a different scale by virtue of who they are, who they know, and what they are actually doing."

About two months ago, he wrote a post decrying how "A-Listers" were slamming PayPerPost as "evil incarnate." Hung was, in my opinion, sympathetic to those "blue collar bloggers" who did not have the kind of clout as that of the A-Listers (You should know some of them).

Hung had explained it wasn't an issue of their blogging success, but "many bloggers took that to be the substance of my beef."

According to Hung, his own thoughts were basically that ...

  • "The A-List wasn't about having bongo amounts of traffic"
  • "It's not about your Adsense earnings"
  • "And it's not about being highly regarded."
  • "It's about their ability to be so close to The News..."

So Hung's post sparked reactions that brought up some interesting points by those who posted comments.

I don't think this is the end of the issue about the so-called A-List Bloggers and the Blogging Proletariat (that's my term for Blue Collar Bloggers).

But we'll have to wait for the next episode.

1 comment:

BillyWarhol said...

Excellent Article Mark*

yeah i read a few of the A Listers*

Hung's "close to the News" comment is prolly true in that once certain co.'s see the Blogger has a large audience who they hold Sway with then it makes sense to Feed them the Best Juicy News!

I tell ya it's Dog Eat Dog out there!

Cheers Mark! Billy ;))