March 15, 2005

There Goes the White Male Bloggerhood

MICHAEL BOWEN, AKA "COBB" SPEAKS THE UNSPEAKABLE @ Blog Patronage: A Token of Affection.. Bowen's an old hand at telling it like it is without fear or favor, and points out a number of facts that are being elided in the current blogwide discussion of White Guys Club? Yes. No. Never Heard of it. Who me?

In the blogosphere there is a real contingency of patronage. I'm not sure that everyone is so eager to say so, but it's real. As real as is the term 'blogosphere' is the term 'blogfather'. Ask any blogger of substance, and if they're honest (and are abetted by a technical clue or two) they'll know which other blogs send them the most traffic. They will also almost surely know who gave them their big break and under which circumstances that occured. There is not a conspiracy of white male bloggers, and I'd guess all of them would be loathe to admit any such clubbiness, but all popular bloggers belong to a club and none of them are about to delink anytime soon.

Dead White Male Blogs - The Elvis Factor
One way to look at the question of whether or not there is a conspiracy to keep all the goods is what [white male] bloggers do to police themselves. I think they don't. I know for a fact that there's a lot of dead linkage out there that nobody really trims, and that this ossifies marketshare. Once popular, always popular. It seems to be a one way function from which few people fall. DenBeste at USS Clueless has over 800 links and he hasn't blogged regularly for many months. In fact, I've been checking his latest post as I write this one and note that he has gotten the equivalent of one week's Cobb traffic in about 90 minutes. Here are several other dead blogs that still suck up oxygen. (I'm giving Andrew Sullivan a pass)

  • Lefty Destroyer
  • Jeff
  • Aaron's Rantblog
  • Calpundit
Cobb has that most annoying of qualities of a blogger, he's right.

But he is more than right, he is responsible. He's picking up the call to bring more diversity to the White Male Bloggerhood of the Blogosphere through shameless self-promotion:

I hereby submit Cobb for the consideration of all A-List Bloggers as the Head Negro in Blogs. Send me your poor, huddled vanillified readers yearning to breathe diversity. I lift my banner beside the olive greed sidebar! But since I also link to more black blogs than the average bear, I know the trickle down will continue.
Bowen's had my vote for inclusion in the Best of the Blogosphere for sometime. I was reading him for a very long time before I knew of or even thought about his race. You'll read him for the same reasons (plus the comic strip!).

Vote with your blogroll and do the right thing.

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Posted by Vanderleun at March 15, 2005 04:41 PM | TrackBack

If he's willing to share that moniker with
LaShawn ... he's got my vote.

Posted by: Steel Turman at March 15, 2005 05:36 PM

Other than my biggest referrer is Hugh Hewitt. And he doesn't even officially link to me.

For my part, I link to people I find interesting.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at March 15, 2005 07:49 PM

Damn, I've been 'mbowen' too long. It's Michael, not Mark, Boswell. BTW, Steel, LaShawn and I are league-mates.

Posted by: Cobb at March 16, 2005 08:59 PM

Sorry. My error. So let it be written, so let it be done.

Posted by: Gerard Van Der Leun at March 16, 2005 09:05 PM
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