Which blogging archetype are you? April 30, 2002 9:55 PM   Subscribe

Normally wouldn't post this, with good reason, but, um, Which blogging archetype are you? Why do i post this here? Well, just look at what I got inside.
posted by Ufez Jones to General Weblog-Related at 9:55 PM (45 comments total)


You are a Metafilter.

You are a reliable source of constantly updated cool and ridiculous links.

Keep 'em coming.
Take the What Blogging Archetype Are You test at GAZM.org

posted by Ufez Jones at 9:56 PM on April 30, 2002


<cranky> I am the wonderchicken, by crikey. It may not be an archetype, but it's good enough for me. </cranky>
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:09 PM on April 30, 2002


This would be cool if I hadn't taken the test three times and not recognized any person/blog it gave me. Christopher Locke? AKMA?

On my fourth try (just pressing random buttons) I did get Megnut, though.
posted by fujikosmurf at 10:32 PM on April 30, 2002


Yeah, fuji, upon retaking it, I got MegNut, Andrew Sullivan, and that mysterious Chris Locke guy, whoever he is. I could click and read, but, feh. What would be better than getting a genuine Matt Houghey trading card? (and yes, I did get it the first time i took the test)
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:36 PM on April 30, 2002


Chris Locke aka Rageboy.

One of the authors of Cluetrain, amongst other things.

He is a Very Smart Guy who Writes Very Well. Worth the click-through.

AKMA is another Very Smart Guy, and also very much worth reading, particularly if you have any theological bent at all, as he's not only a blogger, but a Reverend, too.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:31 PM on April 30, 2002


I turned out to be a Haughey too. The only surprise there being how accurate the test apparently is.
posted by rusty at 12:08 AM on May 1, 2002


You are a David Weinberger. You are smart, savvy, interested in why people do what they do, enjoy questioning yourself and are not balding.

Compliment? I don't know. I do wish it were true that I'm not balding. I blame my Dad. His name is David as well.
posted by ashbury at 5:25 AM on May 1, 2002


I got the same guy Ashbury did. I don't see the comparison though. Joho looks way too bright and cheery. I prefer a darker look.
posted by ZachsMind at 7:36 AM on May 1, 2002


I am a Megnut. :)

(Although I'm more like a Cake.)
posted by metrocake at 8:41 AM on May 1, 2002


9 possible archetypes, hmm. Metafilter, Sullivan, Weinberger, AKMA, rageboy, Meg, Ev and two others we haven't seen in this thread yet (probably Kottke and Camworld). Seems like a good example of the parochialism we keep seeing: the blogger cluster, the Cluetrain cluster, and Sullivan as a wild card. Why are these the archetypes? Why not Laura Holder, loobylu, Dave Winer, Jorn Barger, K5, DEoc Searls, Dan Gillmor, Edd Dumbill and Dean Allen? Or Brig Eaton, SDB, Andy Crewdson, Lindsay Marshall, CrazyUncleJoe, Slashdot, Stile, Shelley Powers and chrish? It's all so arbitrary.
posted by rodii at 8:52 AM on May 1, 2002


One of the other 2 is rebecca blood, and I am her. After seeing the picture I wish I really was her.

I wish I had thought to hand out trading cards when I did my pandering, popularity-crazed "what's your MetaFilter posting style?" poll for a small circle of people and their hangers-on last week.
posted by iconomy at 9:15 AM on May 1, 2002


Iconomy -- the comment you're paraphrasing (mine) was about the MeTa post, not the poll itself. Wacky polls on personal blogs are okey-dokey in my book.
posted by Mid at 9:53 AM on May 1, 2002


I know it was, Mid - my comment was meant to be self-deprecating but I guess it didn't come out that way. I should have used a smiley face but I'm trying to wean myself off of them. I am resisting the almost overwhelming urge to use one right now. It's worse than when I quit smoking.
posted by iconomy at 10:01 AM on May 1, 2002


I blog exactly, completely, 100% like iceberg273. This is, of course, not surprising.
posted by iceberg273 at 10:07 AM on May 1, 2002


ok... how oh how do you get rebeccablood? i've gotten everyone else, but I just keep coming up megnut...
posted by goneill at 10:15 AM on May 1, 2002


Why not Laura Holder, loobylu, Dave Winer, Jorn Barger, K5, DEoc Searls, Dan Gillmor, Edd Dumbill and Dean Allen?

Doc Searls is one of the types...
posted by andrewraff at 10:19 AM on May 1, 2002


i am purportedly joho the blog. except that i am not at all.
posted by moz at 10:24 AM on May 1, 2002


Iconomy -- cool.
posted by Mid at 10:24 AM on May 1, 2002


None of the options really seemed to fit me (I strenuously defy categorization anyway) but I took it as if it were one of those tests with questions like "which of the following is closest in meaning to..."
In other words, I tried, I really did.

I'm Andrew Sullivan? errr...


posted by StOne at 10:30 AM on May 1, 2002


goneill: not sure what combination one uses to get rcb, but here's her card.
posted by modge at 10:40 AM on May 1, 2002


I guess it's a little hard to narrow down your exact blogginess with only 5 questions.
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:53 AM on May 1, 2002


Doc Searls is one of the types...

So that's number nine. So we have three Cluetrainers (Doc, Locke, Weinberger) and one associate of their circle (AKMA); three Blogger people (Ev, Meg, Matt) and another "A-lister" (rcb) (I know, sorry), and one warblogger(-ish) (Sullivan). I know it's all in fun but still...pretty weak. Am I the only one that thinks this is a pretty sorry list? Also, I wonder if Rick Levine enjoys being "the Cluetrainer no one can ever remember the name of." ;)

Who would you pick for your own list of the weblogger Nazgûl?
posted by rodii at 11:06 AM on May 1, 2002


You know that coversation we were having the other day about being A-list?
posted by feelinglistless at 11:34 AM on May 1, 2002


Yeah?
posted by rodii at 12:01 PM on May 1, 2002


Who would you pick for your own list of the weblogger Nazg├╗l?

*suddenly feels as cold as death*
posted by iceberg273 at 12:04 PM on May 1, 2002


rodii: I think what you are getting at is the often annoying human tendency to simplify, to take a whole universe of unclassifiable diversity and compress it into something small and comprehensible. Bloggers include people from all over the world - the U.S., Scandinavia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia - who blog about all sorts of things - wacky links, academic links, stories of their lives, their heartbreaks, their fears, their recovery from cancer, their joblessness, their erotic writing, their thoughts on technology, their art, their society - with blogs adorned with fragments of their diverse lives - poems, photos, stories, projects, lists of their circle of friends, designs of their own making. The diversity is as stunning as it is whenever you really get to know somebody and realize that their peculiar combination of qualities cannot and will never be reproduced.

Of course all of this can be represented by just nine people...

I know that this is just the equivalent of an online Cosmo quiz and shouldnt be taken seriously. The truth is, however, is that people who construct these lists are intellectually lazy. The appearance of these nine people on this quiz makes it just a bit more likely that they will re-appear in the near future on someone else's list - a journalist perhaps who writes a serious article about influential people in the blog world.

This is how memes grow and spread, slowly and insidiously. :) There's also something here about some deep need to create celebrities.
posted by vacapinta at 12:48 PM on May 1, 2002


Huh. It said I was We Hail To Horses (!!!).
posted by Shadowkeeper at 1:14 PM on May 1, 2002


oh, you're being so hard on this poor guy. he wanted to make a silly quiz, he chose 9 people *he knew of* and that he felt were well-known. it's not gospel, it's a little fun thing he put together. why take it so seriously?

I was flattered to be included, but I wouldn't have been upset or insulted not to be. there is no list of 9 webloggers that would have satisfied everyone. none. as it is, I was impressed that he selected from several clusters--most people look around their own neighborhood and leave it at that.

fwiw, I am david weinberger, then when I tried again--and I love this--andrew sullivan.

iconomy--no, no you don't. it's kind of a wild ride living inside this head. :)

rodii: I've never worked at pyra, and I've never dated anyone who works at pyra, ergo....

let's hear everyone else's lists.
posted by rebeccablood at 1:32 PM on May 1, 2002


wow, rebeccablood didn't even get herself. this quiz is obviously very authentic! but rebecca's right. It's just a silly little quiz, a 'fun thing he put together'.
posted by Ufez Jones at 1:47 PM on May 1, 2002


I got Doc Searls, so I clicked through to his blog. He, oddly enough, got Dave Weinberger.
posted by lizs at 1:59 PM on May 1, 2002


I got AKMA. i hadn't seen him before. he looks pretty cool.
posted by Sean Meade at 3:38 PM on May 1, 2002


Rebecca Blood writing like Andrew Sullivan? Hmmm, I might even pay money to see that blog (not too much money, maybe just two cents). I wish I was fishrush, though.
posted by rodz at 4:13 PM on May 1, 2002


I answered honestly and got Andrew Sullivan, tried many times again, got Rebecca Blood. Finally after going through practically every possible button, I got megnut. Oh well.
posted by megnut at 5:19 PM on May 1, 2002


My test result was Rebecca Blood. This is probably appropriate as the Pocket is the weblog I've been reading longest, but somehow I don't think anyone other than the test's cgi script would draw that particular comparison.

-Mars
posted by Mars Saxman at 5:21 PM on May 1, 2002


As usual with such things, I couldn't find answers that "fit" -- but my approximations were honest. I got Chris Locke...I'm afraid that made me feel a bit ickified; nothing against the guy, but the word "cluetrain" has always given me the heebie-jeebies.

Must go back and change #5 to "insightful, respectful, and philosophical." Let's see...nope, I'm no closer to the rebeccabloodnature we all struggle to achieve. I'm still rageboyesque.
posted by BT at 8:18 PM on May 1, 2002


I'm that Weinberger guy, too. I dunno whether to be flattered or insulted.
posted by jonmc at 8:26 PM on May 1, 2002


rodii: I can't speak for the rest of your list, but all of K5 fits comfortably under the "Matt Haughey" category. :-)


posted by rusty at 1:10 AM on May 2, 2002


It struck me while cooking macaroni this morning that perhaps the best way to determine whether there are certain core blogging styles would be to have a large number of webloggers answer a large number of questions about weblogging and then to do a factor analysis to see if there are certain questions that hang together, what they are, and if they make sensible factors. Then a test based on those factors could return a sample of the weblogs that match the pattern of responses.

But I'm too lazy to write the code and buy a text ad.
posted by iceberg273 at 5:11 AM on May 2, 2002


icy and I are as one on exploratory factor analysis.
posted by rodii at 6:56 AM on May 2, 2002


Am I the only one who got James Castor?
posted by Perigee at 10:33 AM on May 2, 2002



posted by Perigee at 11:02 AM on May 2, 2002


(Who is James Castor?)
posted by rodii at 11:39 AM on May 2, 2002


(Who is James Castor?)

Only the factor analysis knows.
posted by iceberg273 at 11:54 AM on May 2, 2002


He is the John Galt of the Blog community. Of course.
posted by Perigee at 12:04 PM on May 2, 2002


(Who is John Galt?)
posted by feelinglistless at 1:52 PM on May 2, 2002


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