I was rejected by AdAge

I received an email from Charlie Moran yesterday, stating that my blog was just not good enough for them to care about at AdAge. Here is his email.

Thanks for submitting your blog to the Power 150. Unfortunately, because of high demand, we can only accept applicants who score at least 20 total objective points, that is, before a Todd Score is added into your total. Here is your point breakdown:

Yahoo InLinks (1 to 30): 1
Technorati Ranking (1 to 20): 1
Technorati Authority (1 to 20): 1
Technorati InLinks (1 to 20): 1
Alexa Points (1 to 15): 2
Bloglines Subscribers (1 to 10): 1
Google PageRank (0 to 10): 4
Collective Intellect (0 to 10): 0

You are welcome to resubmit your blog once you’ve built up some more links and influence, although we ask that you wait at least three months before doing so. Hopefully, you’ll make it in next time, and, if not, there’s no limit to the amount of times you can reapply, as long as they’re three months apart.

If you have any questions about this policy, please check out my blog post about it and/or drop me an email, and I’ll be glad to help.

Charlie Moran

It is hard to argue about the in-coming links and Technorati stuff, even though I have been blogging here since 2005. See the first blog, started appropriately enough, with an end.

But, to score a 0 on Collective Intellect? Why doesn’t Mr. Moran just take a big ol’ bag of salt and just start pouring. Then, after that, he just wind up and take a big kick to my ribs.

What Mr. Moran missed when he rejected my blog was a chance to connect with a user of the marketing technology, not just a prophet of the technology whose use of the technology feeds into the validation of the prophesy. What Mr. Moran missed was that even small dogs can be big. What Mr. Moran missed was that he was just as guilty of using “big media” metrics to rank the “new media” as the new media guys rail against. Interestingly ironic.

Seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. As more people are joining the social media movement, there seem to be just as many who work double-time to keep them out. Very much like a high school clique.

I’m not as popular as Seth Godin or as enamored with Web 2.0 stuff as Chris Brogan, but for the few people who read me faithfully when I share my thoughts, I like to think I am in their Top 150.

And worth every minute they spend with me, for which I am unconditionally grateful as only a puppy can be.

PS: From now on, I’m just going to focus on communities who recognize even small dogs are worth paying attention to, like Guy Kawasaki and Neenz at Alltop.com who welcomed me with open paws.

6 Replies to “I was rejected by AdAge”

  1. I love you! I read every email you send me (subscribed that way to your blog). I also feel your pain. You know, it’s not always about the numbers. Thanks!

    Deb @debworks

    p.s. linking this blog entry to mine tomorrow http://www.debworks.com

  2. @Deb I know, it is about influence, not scale. Still, until these social media snobs quit promoting the top this and the top that based on number of page views, friends, comments, etc….. thank you for your comments. I added you site to my favorite links.

  3. Well, I looked at the blogs they are promoting, and none of them look the least bit interesting to me.

    I don’t read a lot of blogs. Honestly, I don’t have the time, so I have to pick and choose. I love your blog, subscribe to it, and read it regularly. It’s one of my favorites.

    So, AdAge can go take that stick they’ve apparently got rammed up their collective ass and toss it at some other dog.

  4. @Ricky Thanks! There are some people I can always count on and that is the only list that really, truly matters. And, I know I’m a dog and all, but after that stick has been…. ummm… yeah, I’m not chasing it 🙂 thanks for the visual that gave me an early morning smile.

  5. The day you stop caring about making someone’s cliquish popularity list is when you are truly free.
    That’s the problem with human nature. The AdAge folks and those like them need to realize no one owns social media. Again, I am not naive and realize that they like so many others only see social media as a means of making $, so until the day they see the human aspect behind social media they’ll continue to make judgements based on numbers.
    By the way–like your blog.

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