I’ve had this idea in my head for a long time now, but today Wired (Michael Calore) helped me finally get it out there. They wrote a piece called ‘ Best Blogfights of 2006‘.
If bloggers know how to do one thing really well, it’s fight.
Blogging is driven largely by raw emotion. When a blogger goes on an opinionated tirade about one topic or another, it’s often an honest emotional reaction rather than anything malicious. But whatever the motivation behind them, the heated missives often ignite furious debates, played out in public, complete with contradictory Alexa charts and Technorati rank data served up as evidence.
We prefer our action bare-knuckled, so we’ll maintain that the best blog boxing matches are the ones fought with no empirical data — just good old-fashioned name calling, hearsaying and muckraking.
Take off the gloves and get in the ring. These were the best (and bloodiest) blogfights of 2006.
IF I HAD THE TIME & MONEY I WOULD BUILD THIS
It would be a site similar to http://bloggingheads.tv/, that pits bloggers against one another in video format. Sort of like a blog cage match like Wayne suggests in his battle with Loren from 1938media.
I would either let bloggers register and create their own matches, or let the community vote to see which matches they wanted to see. Each match would be released on the site in video form in a two-column spread, with each video from each person on either side, with the issue above for reference.
A reader could then watch each video individually and then vote for which participant “won”. Tons of other stuff you could do with this too, would be a fun site to work on and build. Load the site up with Adsense ads for revenue and let the bloggers who participate generate the buzz for you on their own blogs.
Again, if someone builds this, I’ll expect my check please. :)