SA Blogger Elite? Just who are the A-list bloggers?

I just listened to Amplitude 9 on my way out to the shops (perfect podcast for short shopping trips) and one of the topics Mike and Dave discussed was the SA Blogger Elite.  This is really a spin-off from the 2007 SA Blog Awards (yawn) debate which has been raging for a week or two now.  I am fascinated by this notion of a group of A-list SA bloggers roaming around the country, paparazzi following them around, taking photos of their shopping bags and spreading rumours about their carpal tunnel syndrome from all that blogging …

What do you think?  Do we really have a blogger elite?  Is there really a group of A-list (what does that mean anyway) bloggers and, if so, what does it take to be an A-list blogger (and is there a form of rotating membership like the United Nations Security Council)?  Perhaps more importantly, what does it mean to be an A-list blogger?  I think being an A-list blogger (assuming such a species exists) involves a degree of responsibility towards the blogging community as a whole.  Maybe the "A" in A-list stands for "Ambassador"?  Or does it just stand for "Awesome dude!"?

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Paul
Enthusiast, marketing strategist, writer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad. Allergic to stupid

  1. I think there is nothing wrong with the concept of “A-list” which in my understanding is simply the most widely read, active, and respected bloggers.

    The problem we have in the SA blogging community though is that 1) This A-list is an extremely short list and 2) The members of the A-list all seem to know each other and support each other.

    There is nothing wrong with 2) per se but it does mean that it is extremely difficult to break into this list and perhaps even intimidating for someone to even attempt it.

  2. I think there is nothing wrong with the concept of “A-list” which in my understanding is simply the most widely read, active, and respected bloggers.

    The problem we have in the SA blogging community though is that 1) This A-list is an extremely short list and 2) The members of the A-list all seem to know each other and support each other.

    There is nothing wrong with 2) per se but it does mean that it is extremely difficult to break into this list and perhaps even intimidating for someone to even attempt it.

  3. I think there is nothing wrong with the concept of “A-list” which in my understanding is simply the most widely read, active, and respected bloggers.

    The problem we have in the SA blogging community though is that 1) This A-list is an extremely short list and 2) The members of the A-list all seem to know each other and support each other.

    There is nothing wrong with 2) per se but it does mean that it is extremely difficult to break into this list and perhaps even intimidating for someone to even attempt it.

  4. Neville, couldn’t agree more with you on that.

    End of the day, it’s about traffic volume and influence in both the local and international markets. An A-List blogger is someone that is a thought leader in a particular industry. Generally, though, most industries are very niche and therefore reach and penetration is compromised, although, that wouldn’t make them not an A-List blogger.

  5. Neville, couldn’t agree more with you on that.

    End of the day, it’s about traffic volume and influence in both the local and international markets. An A-List blogger is someone that is a thought leader in a particular industry. Generally, though, most industries are very niche and therefore reach and penetration is compromised, although, that wouldn’t make them not an A-List blogger.

  6. Neville, couldn’t agree more with you on that.

    End of the day, it’s about traffic volume and influence in both the local and international markets. An A-List blogger is someone that is a thought leader in a particular industry. Generally, though, most industries are very niche and therefore reach and penetration is compromised, although, that wouldn’t make them not an A-List blogger.

  7. Hi Neville and Vinny, thanks for dropping by and commenting. This debate fascinates me. I’d love to see a list of who people consider our A-list bloggers.

  8. Hi Neville and Vinny, thanks for dropping by and commenting. This debate fascinates me. I’d love to see a list of who people consider our A-list bloggers.

  9. Hi Neville and Vinny, thanks for dropping by and commenting. This debate fascinates me. I’d love to see a list of who people consider our A-list bloggers.

  10. To address the point that Neville made about the members of the (S)A-list all knowing and supporting each other: I think that’s one of the cool benefits of participating in SA’s burgeoning blogosphere – it’s got a very cool real-world crossover aspect… And it’s not a closed community either – the more the merrier!

    Paul: I think M&G’s new “secret” project will provide that A-list. I already feel motivated to blog more and increase my readership:)

  11. To address the point that Neville made about the members of the (S)A-list all knowing and supporting each other: I think that’s one of the cool benefits of participating in SA’s burgeoning blogosphere – it’s got a very cool real-world crossover aspect… And it’s not a closed community either – the more the merrier!

    Paul: I think M&G’s new “secret” project will provide that A-list. I already feel motivated to blog more and increase my readership:)

  12. To address the point that Neville made about the members of the (S)A-list all knowing and supporting each other: I think that’s one of the cool benefits of participating in SA’s burgeoning blogosphere – it’s got a very cool real-world crossover aspect… And it’s not a closed community either – the more the merrier!

    Paul: I think M&G’s new “secret” project will provide that A-list. I already feel motivated to blog more and increase my readership:)

  13. I don’t know all the people I consider to be A-listers.

    I don’t know if I’m an A-lister.

    I don’t know who considers me an A-lister.

    I think it’s a stupid, pointless discussion.

    Anyone who is an A’lister, whatever that means, must deserve it for some reason or another. Anyone who disagrees is probably jealous, or in need of a good shag, or both.

  14. I don’t know all the people I consider to be A-listers.

    I don’t know if I’m an A-lister.

    I don’t know who considers me an A-lister.

    I think it’s a stupid, pointless discussion.

    Anyone who is an A’lister, whatever that means, must deserve it for some reason or another. Anyone who disagrees is probably jealous, or in need of a good shag, or both.

  15. I don’t know all the people I consider to be A-listers.

    I don’t know if I’m an A-lister.

    I don’t know who considers me an A-lister.

    I think it’s a stupid, pointless discussion.

    Anyone who is an A’lister, whatever that means, must deserve it for some reason or another. Anyone who disagrees is probably jealous, or in need of a good shag, or both.

What do you think?

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