Getting to Eat at the Cool Kids Table
Monica Edinger recently brought up some fairly valid points about the blogosphere and relative levels of "coolness". Says she,
Over and over in my school, in the blogging world, in the children’s literature world, and elsewhere I see adults doing the same including and excluding that my fourth graders do. We write, read, and promote books that are suppose to help kids to think and not do this, yet we do it ourselves all the time. And what I see in the highly-valued community of blogging is another form of this. I don’t have a problem with it at all. What I do have a problem with is that no one seems to see it. That it is the elephant in the room.So it got me to wondering. Her reference, the Are You an A-List Blogebrity quiz (most kidlit bloggers aren't), brought this to mind and made me ponder my status. By deint of location, I get more traffic because I happen to live in a city with more editors, publishers, and authors per square inch than are found in the rest of the country. Maybe that's why I have to ask: Do we have a problem with small bloggers not getting included in our dialogues? If I don't give a shout out to one person or another, am I misusing my bloggable power?
Are we too cliquesh? That's what I'm asking you here.