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Speedlinking – Celebrity, Awards and Top Lists

Posted By Darren Rowse 19th of December 2007 Pro Blogging News 55

It’s that silly time of the year where lots of awards, ‘best of’ articles and ‘top 10…’ lists start appearing on blogs (and MSM sites).

  • This morning I got an email about making the Forbes – Web Celeb 25 list. I scraped in at number 25 (warning – that page scrolls through different profiles) – watch out Perez, I’m coming after your #1 position. One thing I noticed about the list straight away was the ‘male-ness’ of it. Only 4 women in the list. Also the ‘white-ness’ and the US-ness of the list stood out. Lastly – the average age of the list was 38. So much for the theories that the web is just about young people.
  • While I’m glowing in my own celebrity status (my wife and mates are going to give me so much grief about that last one) Wendy emailed me to let me know that I made her list of most influential Dads in the Blogosphere.
  • Performancing are holding their Blog Awards and are calling for nominations. 28 categories there to choose from – nominate yourself, nominate your favorite blogs etc. Spread the love around – think before your nominate, it’d be great to see some quality new and fresh voices featured.

This is just the beginning of awards and top lists that will do the rounds over the coming two or three weeks. Then it’ll all be about ‘predictions for 2008’ type posts. It’s a bit of a ‘silly season’ – but can be fun too.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  1. Hey Darren,

    Well done on the rankings in forbes and on Wendy’s blog.

  2. Lastly – the average age of the list was 38. So much for the theories that the web is just about young people.

    Maybe it’s still about young people, and they just aren’t in leadership positions?

    If MySpace was about Rupert Murdoch, how many teens would be reading it (and clicking ads)?

  3. Congratulations, Darren! From what I’ve seen, you deserve it!

  4. Chris – yeah I guess so. The list is based upon criteria that would make it hard for a newcomer to break into it very quickly. It’d be interesting to see someone do a survey of how long each of the people in the list have been doing their thing. My suspicion is that most of them have been at it for 3-5years (or more).

  5. Congrats man! I know making the top 25 in a Forbes list came from loads of hard work, so you definitely deserve the recognition.

    Again, congratulations.

  6. Hey that’s great! Congratulations.

  7. What a celeb! Forbes is a big deal Darren. You seem to be taking it with great humility. Congrats.

    Maybe I should be a “Top” list or something. We’ll see.

  8. Wild Flux says: 12/19/2007 at 12:26 pm

    Awesome! Congrats on getting on Forbes!

  9. Congrats Darren. Shot for the #1 spot for 2008!

  10. Congrats! Daren,

    25 in Forbes list, what a Great way to finish 2007. Your hard work pays off! Well Done!

  11. Congratulations mate! It must be relieving to see that all your hard work done over the past years is finally paying off.

    You totally deserve it, the knowledge you give away here is absolutely priceless. Keep it up, and hopefully more lists positions to come.

  12. Holy Cow Darren – that Forbes mention is HUGE! I’m SO pleased to see you getting the recognition you have earned and deserved. Congratulations!!! :D

  13. Congrats Darren! You surely should have been in the top ten since any blogger worth her salt is subscribed to ProBlogger.

    I’m surprised Tom of MySpace wasn’t there. What’s all the fuss about Facebook these days anyway?

    -Melissa Donovan
    Writing Forward

  14. What’s your list of top 10 or 25 or however many bloggers are doing the best job (other than yourself) and making not only good-money-making but just plain good blogs? Will we get to see such a list?

  15. All hail the word “list”… without it most large blogs wouldn’t have ever been large…

    Congrats Darren

  16. Congrats Darren! As for taking over Perez… I don’t know about that. He has too much online influence I think. lol

  17. Congratulations Darren – you definitely deserve the mention!

  18. Congratulations Darren! It is obvious that you take your job very seriously. Many people benefit from your hard work. Keep it up and much success in the future!

  19. Watch out Darren, I am gunning for that #25 position next year. :)


  20. That’s crazy (in a good way)! Congrats!

  21. Congratulations mate! You really do a great job, so it’s well deserved.

  22. Congrats Darren! Here’s to moving steadily up that list!

  23. Congratulations Darren.

  24. Hello Darren,

    Congratulations on making to the top 25 list. Hope you make to the top.

    Good Luck to you.

  25. > Maybe it’s still about young people, and they just aren’t in leadership positions?

    That’s the beauty of the web: anyone with WordPress and a good idea can be a leader.

  26. Congratulations!!

    I want to be on a list. Must make up my own list and be famous in my own mind…

  27. well I certainly am very impressed :) congrats on your success!!! :)

  28. Sweet ….

  29. Congratulations! Except TechCrunch, this is the only blog from the list that I’m subscribed on, at least for now.

  30. That’s definitely well deserved recognition. The ‘make money blogging’ thing is so difficult to get right, but you manage to do it consistently with style and integrity.

    Not sure about the others on the list though. :)

  31. Darshana says: 12/19/2007 at 10:28 pm


    you really deserve the recognition for providing a inspiration for everyone, specially newcomers like myself. Guess the best award I can give you is big “Thank You”

  32. You rock Darren!
    To some of the points made on other comments here… the list (and your inclusion) speaks to the incredible amount of hard work and passion that it takes to be successful. You aren’t on that list because of the “make money while blogging ” thing, its because of the community that you worked so hard to create, and how much of yourself you have given. Thanks for another year of your blog! Have a great day.

  33. Congrats. No. 25. Haha

  34. Congrats on the Forbes list Darren… seems to me you should have been a few spots higher.

  35. wow. great job making the list.

  36. Congrats!

    – 30ish something female blogger (yes we DO exist ;~P)

  37. Awesome, Darren! Is this the article you mentioned that they needed your picture for?

  38. Nice work! Those are some big names your sharing company with. I agree with the above comments, I’d put you at least 2 spots higher. Congrats!

  39. That’s awesome! Congratulations Darren.. nice early Christmas present(s) I’d say… heres wishing you more success for top10 next year!

  40. I never knew there was a forbes list for web celebs, and coming to the list, i’m pretty new to this, so of the 25 i know only 2 names – seth godin and you. Anyways congrats bud ..

  41. Congrats Darren. You deserve it!

  42. Well congrats!

  43. Congratulations! However, I am sorry to hear that 38 is not young. You are shaking my middle age denial.

  44. You have to be good looking to break it into the Top 10. I’m sorry but you’ll never be able to beat #9 Harry Knowles.

  45. I think it´s very nice for you Darren, congratulation here from Denmark.

  46. Very cool!

    BTW – I created a public folder on Bloglines Classic for anyone who would like to get the OPML for the Web Celeb Top 25. It’s located here –

  47. Congratulations Darren! I think you should have gotten a better ranking. Well, there’s always next year. And just getting on the list is a pretty big accomplishment in and of itself.

    Keep up the great work!

  48. > Also the ‘white-ness’ and the US-ness of the list stood out

    My girlfriend also noticed the glasses-ness. :)

  49. I visited Forbe.. Those 25 websites are very interesting.

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