For just a minute, forget about whether Blogebrity.com was originally conceived as a contest entry or not. Whether there’s an elaborate plan in place or if this just snowballed into something much bigger than anyone ever imagined, the fact is that people want Blogebrity to be real. I think it’s clear that there’s a fair amount of interest in Kyle Bunch’s (and two others….see below) brainchild. How could there not be? Most bloggers love to be mentioned in other blogs; they crave traffic and check stats and scan Technorati to find out who else is talking about their website. I’ve been following this since Sean Bonner first posted the question which would echo throughout the blogosphere:
“Anyone know what this is about?”
Does Kyle Bunch even know?
Here’s what we do know:
– It’s (at least) loosely connected to The Gawp Network.
– It IS part of the Contagious Media contest, but contrary to what Dabitch over at AdLand says, I don’t see anything in the rules that states that the site must be a fake in order to compete. In fact, it specifically says: “You own your entry. You retain all rights to your entry.”
– It’s generating discussion on blogs all over the web, so it’s effectively gaining interest and links.
– A, B, and C lists? Brilliant.
Kyle is no stranger to the world of blogging. He has his own site, but according to an old USA Today article, he’s also behind a USC fan blog called TrojanWire Further research pointed me to a Jason Calcanis post at The Nanopublishing Weblog to which Kyle Bunch replies, linking himself to The Edge City Chronicles. Not coincidentally, Edge City contains links to both Blogebrity and TrojanWire. He’s also posted all over the web, like many of us. Tony Pierce linked to him back in Oct. 04, and he actually commented on the second ever Blogging.la post. Anyway, the point is that Kyle has been around for a while as a blogger. He is also behind some pretty impressive websites, and he seems to be a longtime fan of Sean Bonner and Tony.
So what is blogebrity? I don’t know. Maybe it started as a simple contest entry and then ballooned into something bigger than Kyle ever imagined, forcing him to scramble to make it all real. The fact is, I don’t really care either way. He got the attention of bloggers everywhere, which is no small feat. Of course, he cunningly played on our collective weakness; our egos.
I encourage everyone to link to Blogebrity. He deserves to win the contest, and the more traffic his site generates, the better his chances. Since I doubt he’s allowed to say anything like this, I’ll say it for him: LINK TO HIM. Surely you can admit that it’s a brilliant idea. Why not reward him for it? If this whole thing continues after June 9th (which I happen to believe it will), all the better for those of us who find ourselves somewhere in the list of lists. If it all goes away on June 9th, so what?
We can still talk about each other on our own blogs.
*UPDATE: Since I wrote this, I learned that this is actually the brainchild of THREE people…
So there you go. Sounds like Blogebrity is legit and here to stay.