I’m a rookie in the blogosphere. A precious little fawn in a sea of grownups. I ventured into this blogging world expecting to find nothing but Zen. From about 2007 until April 2011 the only blogs I read on a regular basis were Zen Habits, several political blogs, a few on marketing and design, and oh, Zen Habits. To say I’m naive would be an understatement, so please forgive my ignorance when you read the following.
What’s so bad about being an A-Lister?
Lambasting this group seems to be in fashion. I’m not sure how pervasive it really is, but I sure see it. I am not talking about any one blog in particular, but there is a negative drift that seems to be spreading at the moment, don’t you think?
Honestly, I’m still not sure who qualifies as an A-Lister. I know people hate THAT term, but what else am I to use? When I think A-Lister (there I go again) I think of Brian, Leo, Darren and Chris. Smart people with well-written, informative blogs, chocked-full of free information. Good guys, right?
So, what’s the ruckus?
In the context of a typical anti-guru post, He or She who-shall-not-be-named is criticized for not fostering community and maybe selling out. They can’t please all of their 100-thousand followers and they are just trying to make a buck, right? That’s not so bad, is it?
I just want to know. That’s all.
I’m sure I come off sounding like an unschooled babe in the woods. So please educate me on this issue.
Do I have the right people?
I’m writing this post because I’m new to the scene and I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. What are we actually calling people out on? Is it because they have built a business around their blog, making some serious money in the process? Is it the E-books? Is it their popularity? Are we talking about the same people, or is there a sinister crowd I’ve completely missed? Is my A-list the same as your A list? Seeing the word “douchebag” is kinda funny, sometimes, but it certainly makes me wonder what behavior is frowned upon.
I know, I need to get out more.
So, who are your A-Listers?
I understand and appreciate that bloggers like Danny, Gini and Mark are all about community. They give back and really help rookies like me. They have helped this lad for sure! We see this time and time again. Heck, they welcome us with open arms and they are great people, but are the others so bad, really? And, who are the others-who-shall-not-be-named?
I try not to court Rockstars.
I’m not an idol worshipper, fan boy, and don’t chase someone just because they are “A-list”. I prefer to cultivate relationships with with bloggers who engage, but I don’t think the big boys and girls are so bad. So, they don’t all follow me back on Twitter, big deal.
This new kid on the block just wants to be educated on this issue. That’s all.
Who do you consider A-List and what about their behavior upsets you?
Do you link to them? Do you try and engage with them?
Maybe you simply couldn’t care less. I really, really want to know!