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BlogcrushThings have gotten a little heavy in some of the latest comment threads here at ProBlogger so I thought it might be time to put a little love in the air and have some fun.

So I’m suggesting we make the next 7 days about naming our Blog Crushes.

Do you have a crush on another blogger? I don’t mean an actual crush – rather is there a blog or blogger out there that you really admire? Maybe you’re too scared to let them know or are afraid that your admiration is unrequited?

- you like the way they blog
- you find yourself logging onto their blog every day (sometimes more) and staring at their design or drooling over their way with words
- their RSS feed is at the top of your list
- you leave more comments on their blog than you write posts on your own
- you let them know about posts you’ve written in the hope that one day they’ll notice you
- you dream about that elusive spot on their blog roll that you’d love to fill
- every second post you do is about them or their blog

Ok – maybe your crush is as extreme as this – or maybe it’s a little milder – but I want to give people an opportunity to reveal their true love and admiration for the objects of their Blog Crushes.

I’ve done this exercise on other blogs of mine and it’s been a lot of fun.

Here’s how it works.

1. You write a post on your own blog that talks about your blog crush.
2. You can use the above graphic if you’d like.
3. Tell us in the post who the object of your crush is and why you have it. Is it their design, their humor, their prolific posting rate, their traffic levels, their humility….etc
4. Include a link to this post in your post to point your readers to where I’ll be compiling a full list of who has a crush on who (with a link to both you and the one you have a crush on).
5. Then come to this post and leave a comment below telling us that you’ve posted so I can link up.

It’s as simple as that.

The first time I did this exercise we ended up with a list of over 100 great blogs. Some of the ‘crushees’ and ‘crushers’ actually made friends through the process – one or two people even made some introductions between ‘crushees’ and ‘crushers’ and we all found some great new blogs that we’d never heard of before through the process. Lastly it was interesting to see what people wrote about what they liked in other blogs – reading reasons given was an illuminating thing in and of itself.

So give it a go – at the very least its a fun way to promote your own site a little by getting a link from this post.

Here are the Blog Crushes so far!

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Comments

  1. barry bell says:

    Darren… I lurve you.

    ;o))

  2. Darren Rowse says:

    LOL – I might need a couple of beers to get to that stage :-)

  3. Andy Merrett says:

    Nice idea Darren, I shall go through my reading list.

    Are you exempt from proceedings?

  4. Nice. a good way to put to bed these last few days of ….

    Will do mine over the next couple of days – but geez, I’ve got a ton of favorite blogs to go through.

  5. Lei says:

    I would have thought most bloggers were too narcisstic to have crushes on other blogs. ;)

    I don’t think I have blog crushes per se, but there are a few people who I always look forward to getting comments from (and other who I don’t…).

  6. Kitty says:

    i don’t have crushes on people i haven’t met lol…but surely i have heaps of favourite blogs that i go through regularly….

  7. actionBERG says:

    Here is my post on my favorite blog.

    http://actionberg.com/2005/09/14/my-must-read-blog/

  8. Is it February 14 already? Hmmm maybe September 14 is Blog Valentine Day. Nobody tells me anything :-)

  9. Is it February 14 already? Hmmm maybe September 14 is Blog Valentine Day. Nobody tells me anything :-)

    It must be because Darren is in the southern hemisphere. He has a 6 months delay… ;-)

    Seriously though, it’s a good idea. Depending on the way it’s done, it can be quite humorous, or just out of place. But you can work around this idea to get a nice list of interesting blogs.

  10. duncan says:

    I think the spring pollen in playing with your hormones :-)

  11. I like the idea of a “beer goggle” love list (as inspired by Darren’s comment).

    Maybe drink a six-pack and cruise the blogs that normally wouldn’t look so hot while sober, then make a list of all the new found “loves.”

  12. Chris Owen says:

    Hi Darren
    I lerve MrG. In fact I lerve him so much I wrote about him at Take A Bite. http://workingsolo.blogs.com/pinkapple
    Can’t wait to see the objects of other’s devotion!
    Grins Chris

  13. Redd says:

    My favorite, hands down, DOOCE.
    I love her discriptions and find myself laughing out loud at the way she sees life.
    See’s life as it is….full of life, brite colors, and some nitty gritty dirty stuff we try to hide.
    She is my Calgon!

  14. HART says:

    There’s nothing like waking up in the morning, scratching yourself while you turn your computer on, get a fresh cup of hot coffee with flavoured cream, and then come back to your computer and notice you still have 987 out of 1588 spam email messages left to download … Yup .. not a blog crush, but a ritual ever since about first week of July .. I sure enjoy them – I’ve never commented on it however..

    http://comicstripblog.com/ ..

  15. Miha says:

    I have a crush on Daren and Duncan.
    http://www.mymoneyblog.net/my-blog-crush/

  16. Dee says:

    I have a serious jones for Mary Griffith’s Rhythm of Grace Blog.
    It’s so colorful, fun, and candid. There are also different bloggers on there, including myself. :) I have to stop by every day and see what the ladies are doing. I also love the Wordpraize Yahoo group as well. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do. It’ll brighten your day and your Spirit.

    http://marilynngriffith.typepad.com/rhythmsofgrace

    I’m from the South and live in the South, so I’m crushing hard on all your entries now. :)

  17. Mike Sigers says:

    Darren,

    In case you miss my trackback. I’ve posted my crush(es).

    It’s at http://simplenomics.com/ive-got-a-blog-crushor-two/

    It’s really embarrasing, so be gentle with me.

  18. Cary says:

    Anyone who reads my blog knows where my heart lies…

    http://toosexyformyhair.com/

    :)

  19. Tim Flight says:

    People close to me might get jealous if I reveal my blog crush on my own website. So I’m going to pass on creating the post on my own blog in case they read it. :)

    My recent blog crush is on Jennifer Slegg. I dated a girl from Victoria, BC for some time and that Canadian accent (heard recently on SEO Rockstars) gets me every time…. Oh yea, and she is wicked smart when it comes to contextual advertising.

  20. Oh, this is really fun. I am finding a ton of great bloggers to read and get to share my favorite’s too. Great idea Darren.

    Here is my post about the Dynamic Women Bloggers I Admire:
    http://scrappincabinet.com/2005/09/15/dynamic-women-bloggers-i-admire/

  21. JErm says:

    Mine’s a little naughty but if you can excuse me: http://jermexpress.com/archives/2005/09/16/reverse-gangbang/

  22. Ben Helps says:

    <insert blog-crush-post here>

    Hmm, wonder if that’ll work. Your comment submission system really needs a Preview option.

  23. I must admit my crush on the Dopegirl at adiktd — too hot for radio. I’ve written my love note about this fresh hip blogger at http://d-chaos.blogspot.com/2005/09/blog-crush.html

    Thanks for coming up with a great idea!

  24. Darren,
    I have revealed my Blog Crush(s) at ReciprocityBlog.com:
    http://www.reciprocityblog.com/

    Man, do I feel dirty! ;)

  25. Um, is 13 crushes too many?? I have good reasons for them all! ;)
    http://angiepedersen.typepad.com/blogofme/2005/09/blog_crushes.html

  26. yunasville says:

    I have huge crush on Darren’s brain that spits out quality contents everyday. It’s been my favorite blog since day 1.

    Steve Pavlina’s personal improvement blog is another one. A few posts are better than excellent (i.e. learning from the blackjack, be an early morning riser, etc.)
    http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/

  27. Lindsay says:

    Hey Darren!

    I listened to the intro for your Six Figures course last night, sounds like it’s going to be great stuff. Wish I had the cash to fork over and listen in! Maybe I will for the next round after my husband finishes school. *crossesfingers*

    Here’s the blog that I heart the most. :D

    http://www.dizzyisland.com/archives/2005/09/this_blog_crush.html

  28. I have two blogs that I love the most…

    http://www.parenting-weblog.com/50226711/parenting_blog_crush.php

    Hey Darren, thanks for spreading good vibes in the blogging world :)

  29. Modern Guy says:

    Hey Darren,

    I have expressed my blogging lust for mimi in NY here:

    http://www.modern-guy.com/archives/humor/my_blog_crush.htm

    Thanks for starting this… Very cool idea.

    - The MG

  30. Mark Wade says:

    Ooooooh….. what I found out about someone! LOL…

    Mark

  31. yunasville says:

    I actually had an early crush on “Heavywinter” and wrote this crush post long before Darren came up with this idea:

    http://www.heavywinter.com/archives/000331.html

    I co-authored it for a month and that’s how I started blogging on my own.

  32. charlene says:

    love it.

    here’s my post:

    http://www.crazedparent.org/2005/09/blog_crush.html

    looking forward to reading the others and the final list.

  33. Ganet says:

    Hey, I’ve listed my blog crush on today’s post. Thanks for setting up this fun forum of bloggy crushes!

    Garnet has a crush on Yemanja.

  34. Ganet says:

    Sorry, here’s the permalink to the post.
    http://glitteringstew.com/muse/2005/09/18/blog-crush/

    thanks again. G

  35. Elyse says:
  36. jozef imrich says:

    Indeed, spring is in the air … ach, my blog lust is no longer a top secret BookSlut is it!

  37. melly says:

    So many crushes that I couldn’t decide. I have 11.
    http://allkindsofwriting.blogspot.com/2005/09/my-blog-crush-is.html

  38. Jenny says:

    Utterly hooked on Dooce and Mimi Smarty Pants

    http://www.dooce.com//
    http://smartypants.diaryland.com/

  39. Jennifer says:

    I couldn’t pick just one. So my top 3 are:

    http://www.heyfreak.com
    http://www.nyhotties.com
    http://www.queserasera.org

  40. Vix says:

    I’ve put up my list of blog crushes

  41. swampangel says:

    I have listed my blog crushes too.

  42. I love the DOOCE!

    I’ve posted. Is it too late? It is the 21st, 7 days later. Hope I didn’t miss out.

  43. Sorry, I like this one better. This link won’t put you at the bottom of the page.

    I hate it when I screw that up :p

  44. david says:

    Jayleigh, famous in michigan for her beauty and her incredible heart, is my blog crush.

  45. I hope everyone has enjoyed the blog

    as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
    Chris Scanlon
    http://www.achtower.com

  46. Judy says:

    I wrote a post about my blog crush! I think your blog is cool!
    Peace!

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