Just before the holidays, Babble published their Top 50 Mommybloggers of 2010 list. I perused it, saw some of my favorite bloggers and wondered briefly what the criteria were for inclusion. I finally decided it was an editor's pick sort of list and went back to packing for the holidays.
I saw a few tweets about it over the weekend, but this morning, Twitter was afire with bloggers on the list upset that a popular vote had been added.
That is what voting does to us. It makes people (except those with lots of friends) feel like shit.
It sure made for a good conversation.
I've been upset for years that blogging seems to reward with traffic a) those who campaign for it or b) those who throw other people under the bus. I'd like to see a list rewarding good writing, as that is what blogging is: Writing.
Which is more authentic? Babble's original list or the new popular vote? Or neither? It's hard to say. The popular vote doesn't jibe with the Babble editors picks, as of 11:15 this morning. Why did Babble open it up?
The commenters on the list post were unhappy about the already-popular nature of the list:
They were also unhappy about the lack of diversity on the list:
But opening up the list to the popular vote may have been the straw that broke the already-so-done-with-popular-vote mommyblogging community's back.
Babble, you may have blown it this time.
What do you guys think? I'm waiting for Mom101's list instead.