I was up in Seattle at the Blog Business Summit last week and there was an interesting debate going on between some presenters and attendees about whether there either are or should be “A” List bloggers.
Dave Taylor who is well known blog circles was questioning whether there really is or should be an “A” list. He even asked the well know and highly regarded Robert Scoble if there was an A list and whether he was on it. Robert answered yes to both questions.
Although I am fairly new at blogging and the social networking technologies, I have been around the tech sector for a number of years and know that this is all about celebrity. Every field, group, category or segment that is worth anything ends up having a group that other members look up to, the A List or leaders within the field. I contend that if there are no celebrities or A-Listers, then there probably is not a group or area worth following.
From what I see, people like Robert Scoble, Dave Winer, Doc Searles, Dave Taylor took the time and effort to build a category so that a few hundred people are willing to travel to Seattle to listen and learn some things that will help them get better.
I guess I would rather thank them for all their efforts and not be concerned that they are viewed or treated differently as A-Listers especially since most are not placing themselves on pedestals and are down to earth and willing to share.
Great job guys and keep up the good work. I still have a lot to learn.