Is an elite cadre of blogging gatekeepers keeping us all in our place and limiting our blogging potential?
However, if you have too much time on your hands ( :D ), you may have been following a theatrical little debate that pits the "A-list" against "blue-collar" bloggers. Oh yes, you know where this is going.
It all started with one blogger's annoyance at the trend of A-lister's who have taken to bashing poor ol' PayPerPost.
What follows is a (ridiculously) paraphrased version of the debate, including links to the appropriate
whines tirades posts:
DeepJive: PayPerPost isn't evil. The A-list is just an elitist aristocracy who has no need for it.
Calacanis: BS! If there was an A-List, which there isn't, all it would take to be an A-lister would be to stop being such slackers. And then you'd be on the A-list. If there was one. But there isn't.
Lorelle: Yes, there is.
Calacanis: NEGATIVE, dummies. Stop whining.
Jim Kukral: You're all wrong and all right. Like that paragon of philosophically deep movies, The Matrix; the A-List both exists and does not exist. Oooommmm...
Webomatica: Jason's partly right, though; slackers don't make the A-list. Hard work alone, however, probably won't get you there either. After all, most of us have to write really good content to get links; Scoble can write about Earl Grey tea and bloggers around the world will swoon.
Gaping Void: Uh, no, Jason's all-the-way right; and you're all so wrong that I'm going to make a cartoon about how whiny you are.
Rebecca: Calacanis both sucks and blows. He's in denial. He's the Bill O'Reilly of blogging. Not only does the A-list exist, but hard work isn't even close to being all that's necessary for success.
Loren Feldman: Uh-huh. I have one word for you so-called "blue collar bloggers" - Waaaaa.
CopyBlogger: Funny, Loren; but you know, the A-list does exist. It just doesn't matter.
DeepJive: Uh, thanks for all your thoughts, but this isn't even really what I meant in the first place. :(
Update: Andy Beal of Marketing Pilgrim fame wants your RSS feed:
"I’m not claiming to be A-list, but I do realize there are a lot of great blogs out there, that don’t get the attention we do, so I’m sharing the love."