[The following a post from a reader, Meredith, who reached out to me and expressed her disappointment that the Top 10 Gen Y Blog list had become a popularity contest. I initially told her she was welcome to use the comments, and I would address each of her points, but she was so passionate and adamant about what she had to say that I decided to give her the floor.
She had some very valid points, and expressed many of the concerns I had when I initially made the switch to the voting system. I want to thank Meredith for her contribution to this conversation. Please weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section, and I'll address my rationale and combat a few of her points in a post tomorrow.]
I want to thank Ryan for giving me the floor. I respect him and what he does greatly. I think what he’s done is pretty brilliant in being the ‘judge’ of the top 10 Gen Y blogs. Because all of the sudden he has made himself the authority. I think we can all learn from what he’s done.Before I get into the problem with this list, I want to say why this matters to me. I consider myself very lucky – and we’re all very lucky – to be born in a time where people are generous enough to spend their time writing amazing content on blogs for all the world to read.
There are people who I believe should definitely be higher on this list – or on the list – that have impacted me tremendously. I fear that if they even pay attention to these lists – they may get insulted or upset that they didn’t make it. And even though I’m sure that won’t happen – it’s the least I can do, as these people have changed the way I think.
I thought your first list featured some amazing blogs. In fact, I read every single one of them now.
[Note: This was not actually my first list, but the most recent list I had provided before switching to the voting system.]
Sadly, it seems as though your new list and the way it’s comprised is by votes. Of course, voting means it becomes a popularity contest. Or more so, it becomes a game of which bloggers tells their readers and friends to vote for them the most or which blogger votes for themselves the most.
For instance, Holly Hoffman’s blog is a fantastic blog that is very interesting. In fact, I’m glued to it like US Weekly. And to me that’s what it is. It’s a guilty pleasure. But how can a blog that had one post in the entire month of January be picked as ‘Top Gen Y blog’ and not that I have anything against her – I truly admire her – but her blog reads more like a diary. How is her love life relevant to Gen Y?
The fact that Ben’s blog is barely on the list is appalling. He is so insightful and so eloquent and he writes daily.
What happened to Driven Leaders? That blog is so interesting and so pertinent to us. I learn something new each time I visit.
How about Guru Gilbert? He covers so many interesting and relevant topics in an original way with so much passion and it’s so well written.
How about Milena Thomas’s blog? She might have the best ‘how to blog’ out there that pertains to Gen Y.
How about Derek Halpern’s Prevential? Although this blog is relatively new – everything he writes is on the money!
Actually – to be fair – if this is a Top Gen Y blog, how can Penelope’s blog not be on this list? Or is this list only for blogs written by Gen Y’ers? She made the last list.
Dan’s Personal Branding Blog is terrific. However, are you telling me that Gen Y’ers only care about personal branding? I don’t think so. There’s so much more to life.
I’m just saying. I think lists like this can upset people and there are many other bloggers out there that constantly put up amazing content and totally deserve to be recognized more so than ones that were featured.
I can go on and on. And my point is I want these bloggers that weren’t mentioned and recognized – as they very much deserve to be – to go on and on!
So what are you going to do?
Thanks for listening.
Class of 2010
New York University