The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 April 2005

The over/under

La Shawn Barber obviously isn't afraid of stirring the stew:

1. Who are the top 10 5 overrated bloggers/blogs?

2. Who are the top 10 5 underrated bloggers/blogs?

I could fill up the "overrated" column just with Nick Denton-related stuff, although I must acknowledge that I read most of it on a daily basis, and I retain a residual fondness for the weirdness that is Wonkette, even though her contributions to the national dialogue are, um, dubious at best. (Besides, she has G. Beato spelling her these days, and G. Beato is a genius, even in this context, and despite the fact that I seldom agree with him on anything.) I might make an exception for Defamer, since The Blogger Previously Known As Bunsen sets exactly the right tone for a Hollywood scandal sheet.

Oh, and throw in Andrew Sullivan. He's turned into a one-trick pony, and he doesn't even bother to argue the point coherently anymore.

Of the blogs I think ought to get a lot more traffic than they do (the very definition of "underrated"), I think among the most deserving is Population Statistic, or will be when CT comes back from spring break, or wherever he's been the last week.

Also up-and-coming and, to me at least, consistently interesting: New World Man and Jacqueline Passey.

Feel free to make your own nominations in Comments. Keep in mind that any rating I might receive is overrated by definition.

Posted at 10:29 AM to Blogorrhea


Boing Boing and Will Wheaton. I just don't get it.

(Ok, Wheaton has the star trek bit... so he could type a blog in Klingon and it'd still pull in "a-list" numbers. Trekkies are wierd.)

Posted by: aldahlia at 11:25 AM on 7 April 2005

Besides, the guy has his own category at Fark. That's enough to inflate his audience right there.

A blog in Klingon... I wouldn't be surprised to find out that there already was one (though they'd have to embed a font, or make one available for download).

Posted by: CGHill at 1:45 PM on 7 April 2005

Nope not font needed, I guess this guy does it phonetically...
http://bologh.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Steven Roemerman at 2:04 PM on 7 April 2005

Not quite the Klingon equivalent of the Japanese katakana, but 'tis enough, 'twill serve. Thanks.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:10 PM on 7 April 2005

bologh.blogspot.com is officially the saddest thing I've seen all day. LOL.

Posted by: aldahlia at 2:50 PM on 7 April 2005

Aldahlia, you obviously haven't been to my blog today. ;-)

Posted by: McGehee at 9:29 PM on 7 April 2005

Following my resolution today to celebrate the good here are my picks for blogs that deserve their high traffic: Glenn Reynolds and Dean Esmay. Glenn is the James Brown of the blogosphere—the hardest working man. And Dean is consistently interesting, challenging, and fair.

Another blogger who's doing yeoman's service these days is Publius Pundit.

Posted by: Dave Schuler at 10:06 AM on 8 April 2005

You mean those 1,000-hits-per-day due to the Hootie-Burger King phenomenon didn't propel out of underrated-dom? I gotta mine the pop-cultural fields more deeply for the next traffic magnet. Maybe that Pope thing...

Thanks always for your esteem. I'll be working my way back soon. And overrated or not, you get a positive mark in my book.

Posted by: CT at 8:10 PM on 11 April 2005