I am not too fond of blogging about blogging, but I could not help noticing (courtesy of this TechMeme’s thread) that Nick Carr was ranting The Great Unread, in which he complains how tough it is for the loneliness of the mundane blogger (the blog peasants, that’s us) and how they struggle to get attention from A-listers (aka the blogging elite – them). That part of Nick’s piece made me smile (I was attending the conference he is referring to):
The best way, by far, to get a link from an A List blogger is to provide a link to the A List blogger. As the blogosphere has become more rigidly hierarchical, not by design but as a natural consequence of hyperlinking patterns, filtering algorithms, aggregation engines, and subscription and syndication technologies, not to mention human nature, it has turned into a grand system of patronage operated – with the best of intentions, mind you – by a tiny, self-perpetuating elite. A blog-peasant, one of the Great Unread, comes to the wall of the castle to offer a tribute to a royal, and the royal drops a couple of coins of attention into the peasant’s little purse. The peasant is happy, and the royal’s hold over his position in the castle is a little bit stronger.
Given the growth of the blogosphere, I am not even sure about who A-listers are and what they represent anyway. The original A-listers from 2 years ago (when I started blogging) are largely gone (“sent to the guillotine” ), and it has been a long time since I removed almost all of them from my blogroll, and replace them by people who are meaningful to me. Tools like Technorati, TechMeme, Digg, Wikio, del.icio.us, Google define the new A-list on a much more granular basis – and that’s how it should be.
IMHO good content will find its way to rise to the attention of the people who are meant to be interested in it.