The Top Ten: Irritating blogosphere personalities

Filed as General on December 2, 2006 8:36 pm

Like my post from yesterday about the Top Ten Bloggers that I respect, here’s a list of some blogosphere personalities that irritate me…

I’m quite sure this won’t make me very popular in some circles – but who cares.

  • Barry Bell – Barry is a UK based former blog network owner who twice took us to task for the direction that we were headed with The Blog Herald. This, of course, coming from a guy who didn’t have a single blog in the Top 100,000 at Alexa or any other metric that’s out there. And don’t bother clicking the link with his name – allof his sites are offline.
  • John Evans – I respect where John’s going in a quest to be unique and different. At the same time, I utterly fail to understand why each comment has to loop back to being about “Web Network Magazines” and how his sites aren’t “blogs” but rather “web network magazines”. John is the single most prolific commenter at The Blog Herald – with nearly twice as many comments as Duncan Riley wrote in 4 years here at The Blog Herald.
  • Howard Lindzon – Howard and others involved in The Blogging Times have thoroughly wrecked that site (Minic being the exception to that comment). And I learned all I needed to know about Howard in this comment thread a few months back. I do like what is happening with WallStrip, however, so there may be hope.
  • Dave Winer – I sincerely respected what Dave was doing with blogs, podcasting, and RSS and saw him as someone who was persecuted and misunderstood by others. Until I met him. Wow. Then I understood how wrong I was.
  • Matt Craven – I frequently irritate myself.

I find myself unable to come up with a list of ten, however. And I shied away from a couple because I already stirred that pot once this week and am not going to do so again.

Who irritates you?

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  1. By franky posted on December 2, 2006 at 10:10 pm
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    I’ll have to work harder to be featured next time. Will this become a yearly feature. :D

  2. By DrumsNWhistles posted on December 3, 2006 at 2:31 am
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    Interesting list. Mine is entirely different. I know Dave Winer is one of those personalities that some find irritating, but I think he’s really and truly a brilliant man with a ton of vision and his blog is one of the first I read every day. My in-person experience with him didn’t change that opinion, so maybe you caught him on a bad day.

    On the other hand, I think Jason Calacanis is also brilliant with a ton of vision but he irritates the heck out of me when I listen to him on the Gillmor Gang. And for that matter, I love to read Steve Gillmor’s blog but he’s irritating to listen to sometimes.

    In the end, though, it’s usually the irritating ones that provoke some original thought. :)

    DnW

  3. By Amrit Hallan posted on December 3, 2006 at 5:57 am
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    Right now nobody irritates me because I haven’t been yet exposed to many irritants. Maybe I’ll have a list when I start irritating/interacting more.

  4. By Everton posted on December 3, 2006 at 6:25 am
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    I’m right with you on Dave Winer.

    How about Jason Calacanis?

  5. By Matt Craven posted on December 3, 2006 at 10:26 am
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    How about Jason Calacanis?

    He does not irritate me at all.

    My in-person experience with him didn’t change that opinion, so maybe you caught him on a bad day.

    I saw him several times across several weeks when he was a fellow at the Berkman Center and I was going to the blogger meetings there. My perception isn’t offbase

    I’m still waiting to see if he’ll stop blogging or not.

  6. By HART (1-800-HART) posted on December 3, 2006 at 6:58 pm
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    Hmm.. whatever happened to wurk.net ? I vaguely recall liking a few of the blogs in that network .. there were just a handful, right?

  7. By Robyn Tippins posted on December 3, 2006 at 7:07 pm
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    Yikes, I’ll mind my Ps and Qs while commenting. I did comment last week on a blog and was followed by someone who said, “she uses emoticons, let’s kill her”. I rather enjoyed that.

  8. By Matt Craven posted on December 3, 2006 at 10:12 pm
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    I did comment last week on a blog and was followed by someone who said, “she uses emoticons, let’s kill her�. I rather enjoyed that.

    Oh my.

    Now that’s some funny shit.

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