Aw, shucks

Aw, shucks
: I’m honored to be included in a list of a-list bloggers. Except I think I’m a poseur on that list. And, in fact, I doubt that there is an A-list. There are a hundred A-lists: one for tech, one for politics, one for sports, one for Cleveland, one for Iran, one just for guys named Hebig, and so on, and so on. The power of blogs is the power of the total, not the power of the powerful few. I didn’t include my own blog on my list of most-influential lists (and, again, I was flattered just to be asked).

  • you’re on my A- list mate…first thing in the morning I’m on your site…keep up the great work

  • Jeff;
    False modesty is not endearing. :) You do damn good work – especially when I disagree with every word of it. But your posts on Iran have been plain excellent – and my linkwhoring and nagging e-mails has been shameless.

  • Eli

    hi jeff,
    i love your blog.
    it’s my first station in the blogosphere block
    and i pop-in several times a day.
    i also love the clean and clear look.
    blogs with negative background and
    white tiny fonts makes my eyes sweat
    so i skip them.
    and on top of it, i prefer the journalistic
    attitude which is well reflected here.
    Eli, jerusalem

  • Of course you’re on the A-list! Hardly anyone else with any pretentions to membership provides the coverage to the wider world that you do. It’s refreshing to know that there are people out there who recognize that developments in Iran and the Congo are more important than the latest catfight within the New York Times. Please keep up the good work!

  • Since people generally migrate from site to previously unexplored site by following links, what a given reader thinks of as the blogosphere is going to be heavily conditioned by the collection of sites that have many links from that reader’s favorites. (Steven Den Beste wrote an essay about this a while back, one of the few things he ever wrote that I completely agreed with.)
    That map that came out a while back revealed two collections of political blogs with many links within them and fewer between them– roughly the “left” and “right” collections, though these lined up poorly with conventional political alignments, as it turned out. But in that case, there actually were a fair number of interconnections– the left and right political blogospheres are closely linked as these things go. So people who circulate in one would be unlikely to be completely ignorant of the other.
    But every so often something happens, like your tour of the Iranian bloggers, that reminds us of the existence of other spheres that we hardly noticed before. And there are many others out there, each with its A-list core.
    The other blogosphere that gets noticed by the mainstream media is the “techblog” sphere that rose to prominence back in 1999 (the notion of the “A-list” originated there, possibly with Joe Clark’s musings on why he didn’t seem to be part of it, and the core of it was the people who invented Blogger). Some time ago there was a ludicrous idea that the techbloggers and the post-2001 warbloggers were opposed camps battling for dominance of cyberspace like the farmers and the cowmen. But there are probably hundreds of other blogospheres, most of them very small (things like the blogosphere of “Doctor Who” fans on LiveJournal).