Two weeks ago, if you "Googled" the term "blogebrity," you would have received zero results. Today you'll get more than 80,000.
No one is more surprised by this phenomenon than Southern California-based Kyle Bunch and Jeremy Hermanns, who entered their idea for Blogebrity.com--a Web site celebrating the growing cachet (and ego) of bloggers--into Eyebeam's "Contagious Media Showdown" competition.
Pod Tech is looking to be the digital lifestyle's media of record with a network of corporate-branded podcasts, event coverage, and interviews with tech honchos. Most notably, it grabbed blogebrity Robert Scoble away from Microsoft.
It's been quite a turnaround for Hilton, who said that before becoming a blogebrity he had been in a deep depression and last year filed for bankruptcy and was fired from a job at a celebrity weekly magazine.
The real action is in the panel debates scattered around the Center, where we saw a guy with pink hair talk about webcasting his masturbation sessions, strange creatures describing themselves as blogebrities whine about mainstream media, and found out just how much web TV producers are wetting their pants for the release of Apple TV.
But it's the people behind these blogs who have access to the hottest events, keep tabs on the haves and have nots, and can make or break a career and influence an industry with just a stroke of a keyboard. They are blogebrities -- writers, thinkers and gossipers who have branded themselves by taking over the Web, and have thousands of people awaiting their next postings.
2008 — Chris Hudson, "Bad Girls Go Digital: National Selves, Cyber Selves, Super Selves", in Youth, Media and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region (eds. Usha M. Rodrigues & Belinda Smaill), Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2008), ISBN 9781847184603, page 137:
I will focus on a specific milieu of the "blogosphere" that is inhabited by young Singapore women — women who have attracted public attention and become blog celebrities or blogebrities.
2009 — Jory Des Jardins, "Forward", in 42 Rules of Social Media for Small Business (Jennifer L. Jacobson), Super Star Press (2009), ISBN 9781607730149, page 1:
Not all of us are trying to be blogebrities or have the most friends on MySpace; many of us are just trying to grow a business.
After spending some downtime in Burlington, the 26-year-old "blogebrity" -- who has been almost obsessively documenting her voyeur- friendly life online since she was 17 -- is back in Toronto, and spoke with the Post's Barry Hertz about haters, hipsters and Hogtown.
2011 — Maggie Parke, "Fanpires: Utilizing Fan Culture in Event Film Adaptations", in Theorizing Twilight: Critical Essays on What's at Stake in a Post-Vampire World (eds. Maggie Parke & Natalie Wilson), McFarland & Company Inc. (2011), ISBN 9780786463503, page 36:
This is a symbiotic relationship between Sueno and Summit, as the studio maintains some control over the information that the fans are receiving, but the originator of the group now also has easier access to the film and its peripheral elements due to her connections with Summit, thus raising her profile and status in the fandom as a known blogebrity; […]
Noun: "the state or phenomenon of fame achieved through blogging"