Blog Groupies

As I read through the Blogs of the Rich and Famous (aka the blogs of the ‘elite’ web designers and developers), I have discovered a recurring theme from site to site that relates to the people who post comments on said blogs.

I don’t know what to call it. It’s like a cult of blog groupies. Perhaps it is the “Bloggie” phenomenon. If you frequent any popular blog, you have seen it too. It goes something like this:

Blog Entry By Cool Blogster
Today I decided to clean my cat litter box, and boy, did it smell.

Response by Bloggie 1
Hey Cool Person! What a coincidence! I just blogged about the same thing! Check it out (www.wannabeblog.com).

Next comment by Bloggie 2
Oh hey Cool Person! How is it that you always nail it right on the head? I mean, who would have thought that cat litter boxes smell?

Next comment by Bloggie 3
LOL – keep it up Cool Person! lolroflmfao.

Next comment by Bloggie 4
I agree with you completely, Cool Person.

If you want to see some prime examples, look at a recent post on the web site of Matt Mulletsomething, the creator of WordPress:

http://photomatt.net/2005/10/31/paper-shredder/

Now are these people really on a first name basis with this guy? Is it their ultimate goal to get Matt Mulletsomething to actually click their link? Is this the modern day version of namedropping? Or is it just people searching to validate their existence (and their web log).

Granted, there are certainly plenty of worthy comments posted on these sites, but a bunch of them always stick out to me as “hey look at me, I wanna be cool too” types of posts.

I’m not claiming to be a Cool blogger or anything – the 8 people total who ever visit here should be evidence of that I am stuck on the level of Blog Mediocrity (Hi, mom). I’m just a little irked for whatever reason.

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is a Cyber Security Analyst, Ethical Hacker, and Penetration Tester at a federal data center in Asheville, NC. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.
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6 Comments

  1. Ha Ha Ha CoolPerson, I totally agree with that thing that you just blogged about!!! LMFAO

  2. Since Matt created wordpress he probably already knows how cool he is, but man what a confidence booster to have 8 or 10 people respond to your every post and go “[insert your name here] you are so right.” His head must swell in the mornings. heh.

    Oh and if you are looking to move past Blog Mediocrity you might try submitting your “mug shot” here:
    http://www.designiskinky.net/mugshot/mugshots.php3

    Its a pretty well known design site and they allow you to submit a website link with your pic. Since it is a popular design site (“Rich and Famous” people like Hillman Curtis link to it), I’m guessing a link on it would bring you lots of traffic.

    Plus, I’m sure your infamous toe nail picture would make you stand out above the rest.

  3. the only blog worth reading, outside of this one, is perfect-cube.com. There. I said it. And I mean it.

  4. OMG you are so right!

  5. LMFAO!!! hehehe 🙂

  6. You know, I just wrote about this on my blog!!!

    Then I deleted it.

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