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Best of the worst: BloodhoundBlog’s most popular posts for 2007

Here’s a comment that got deleted earlier tonight, a pearl of wisdom issued from one orifice or another by a less-than-brilliant pundit who chose to keep his or her identity concealed. The soul and substance of this partial portion of wit:

this is easily the worst blog on the RE.net

Todd Seavey wrote a brilliant essay this week on the nature of this kind of drive-by malice, but ours is a very special kind of misanthrope. For our anonymous abortive commenter is so well versed in the greater and the lesser, the better and the worse, the ridiculous and the sublime of the RE.net that he or she seems not to know that I coined the term ‘RE.net’.

“Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.” Indeed. I know from a lifetime’s experience that I bring out the worst of the bad in people. That much requires no special effort on my part. I strive, when I remember to think about it, to bring out the best of the good in people, as well. And while BloodhoundBlog is not “easily the worst blog on the RE.net,” we have a colorable if not utterly incontestable claim to being the best of our breed. And if we are not beyond all doubt the very best, it is certainly not for the lack of effort.

Witness: These are the top 25 most popular BloodhoundBlog posts for 2007, expressed in terms of hard clicks:

  1. What’s Wrong with zipRealty? by Russell Shaw
  2. HR 3915 Is Dangerous by Brian Brady
  3. HR 3915: Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007 by Brian Brady
  4. More on the iPhone… by Greg Swann
  5. Is the Subprime Mortgage Market the next Enron? by Brian Brady
  6. How to make Google your weblog’s best friend… by Greg Swann
  7. HARD MONEY: Life as a Legal Loan Shark by Brian Brady
  8. The Countrywide Federal Bailout Act of 2008 by Brian Brady
  9. 401(k)’s IRA’s & Urban Myths by Jeff Brown
  10. Redfin.com’s Real Estate Consumer’s Bill of Rights: A wolf in sheepskin clothing… by Greg Swann
  11. Game Time: What Are Your Favorite Real Estate Slogans? by Dan Green
  12. Subprime Loans Disappeared? Learn How to be a Hard Money Loan Broker by Brian Brady
  13. San Diego Fire Update — It’s Now Approaching Historical — 10% of Population Evacuated by Jeff Brown
  14. Digital real estate photography: Which photographer? Which camera? by Greg Swann
  15. Project City Center in Las Vegas: Now that’s a model home! by Greg Swann
  16. Hillary Clinton and Rotarian Socialism: What’s wrong with the NAR? by Greg Swann
  17. Arizona Board of Appraisal to Zillow.com: In your Zestimation, does this posturing make us look stupid? by Greg Swann
  18. 60 Minutes’ Redfin.com story delivers 400 hits in 60 minutes flat… by Greg Swann
  19. BAD LOANS: Buried In The Back Of The BreadBox by Brian Brady
  20. Disingenuous Diatribe: Compliance is Crap-It’s About the Cash by Brian Brady
  21. Realtor.com Pencil Sharpener by Russell Shaw
  22. Bank Relationships vs. Mortgage Brokers by Michael Cook
  23. The Right Time to Buy: An Investor Perspective by Michael Cook
  24. Why The Traditional Real Estate Model Is Fading Away by Jeff Brown
  25. Planet Zillow.com: Burgeoning Realty.bot grows, potentially, to become a self-sustaining residential real estate eco-system by Greg Swann

How popular is popular? The last post on the list had almost 1,100 hard clicks. Russell’s post on Zip Realty has become the samizdat of Zip with over 15,000 hard clicks and 240 comments.

But: Hard clicks are not the ideal measure of popularity for a weblog like ours. We have a great many RSS and email subscribers, so a hard click can often be a measure of attention coming from sources we cannot rely on every day.

Here’s a different measure of popularity, the top 25 most commented-upon BloodhoundBlog posts for 2007:

  1. What’s Wrong with zipRealty? by Russell Shaw
  2. Disingenuous Diatribe: Compliance is Crap-It’s About the Cash by Brian Brady
  3. Real Estate Bloggers — Why Are You Blogging? What Currency Does Your Banker Accept? by Jeff Brown
  4. Keeping Up With What Frank Doesn’t Know — Earth Round — Circles Sun by Jeff Brown
  5. The Countrywide Federal Bailout Act of 2008 by Brian Brady
  6. Arizona Board of Appraisal to Zillow.com: In your Zestimation, does this posturing make us look stupid? by Greg Swann
  7. House Agents — Wanna Start the New Year Kickin’ Ass? Here’s How by Jeff Brown
  8. HR 3915: Open Letter to Senator Dodd from a Veteran Mortgage Originator by Brian Brady
  9. If there is no Realtor monopoly — then what explains the commission structure? by Michael Cook
  10. A world fit to be conquered: Five steps to total real estate listing dominance by Greg Swann
  11. Is the Subprime Mortgage Market the next Enron? by Brian Brady
  12. Realtor.com Pencil Sharpener by Russell Shaw
  13. BOHICA…and this time it is Trulia by Eric Blackwell
  14. Wanna Go North? Stop Heading South. by Brian Brady
  15. Cathy’s drama: Photos from the whatever-it-takes school of listing by Greg Swann
  16. Lani Anglin’s brother’s children lost their father yesterday. Here’s what you can do to help… by Greg Swann
  17. Defending Redfin: Sweet Digs weblog buried by inane MLS rules by Greg Swann
  18. Third-party vendors pick up where the NAR leaves off: Milking the Realtors dry by Greg Swann
  19. Podcast with Redfin.com CEO Glenn Kelman: “We’re looking for nerds living in nice houses” by Kris Berg
  20. From forty links to infinity: Apprehending the full scope of the RE.net by Greg Swann
  21. Lessons Learned While Watching American Idol by Jeff Turner
  22. Redfin.com’s Real Estate Consumer’s Bill of Rights: A wolf in sheepskin clothing . . . by Greg Swann
  23. 401(k)’s IRA’s & Urban Myths by Jeff Brown
  24. No committee will ever make the Cluetrain run on time by Greg Swann
  25. Mademoiselle? Oui. La Spinster?…ZUT! by Geno Petro

We are nothing “easily,” I promise you, and although the web is rife with advice on EZ weblogging — EZ reading, EZ writing, EZ obscurity — we’ve achieved what we have by means of dogged determination and hard work. And here comes another year. We intend to run — in 2008 and always — at the head of the pack. We’re delighted to have you with us, but we’ll be expecting you to keep the pace.

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  • 10 comments

    10 Comments so far

    1. Jeff Turner December 29th, 2007 9:34 am

      This was a nice trip down memory lane.

    2. Jeff Brown December 29th, 2007 10:29 am

      >For our anonymous abortive commenter is so well versed in the greater and the lesser, the better and the worse, the ridiculous and the sublime of the RE.net that he or she seems not to know that I coined the term ‘RE.net’.

      Classic Greg Swann — which leads me to attach an age old axiom.

      BHB is analogous to walking the streets of 1880′s Tombstone at times. Axiom: Don’t come to a gunfight with a rubber knife. :)

    3. Greg Swann December 29th, 2007 10:37 am

      Fortune favors the prepared mind: I’ve had this sitting around waiting for the right occasion:

      The Latin is schoolboy phrase-book stuff, a pantomime of a real conversation:

      Doc Holliday: In vino veritas. (In wine, truth.)

      Johnny Ringo: Age quod agis. (Do what you do/what you are doing.)

      Doc Holliday: Credat Judaeus Apella, non ego. (Let Apella the jew believe it, I do not. The line is from Horace.)

      Johnny Ringo: Eventus stultorum magister. (Experience is the teacher of fools; better: Fools learn only by accident.)

      Doc Holliday: In pace requiescat. (Imperative: Rest in peace.)

      Age quod agis is good advice. I pass it along to my son with frequency and vigor.

    4. Jeff Brown December 29th, 2007 10:52 am

      That’s my favorite part of that movie. A close second is Earp in the failing saloon/casino dealing with the bully, (Bill Bob Thorton) who’s taken over the place, driving all the classy business away.

    5. Greg Swann December 29th, 2007 11:15 am

      Russell is close friends with Bob Boze Bell, one of the greatest living authorities on all things Tombstone.

    6. Lani Anglin December 29th, 2007 3:32 pm

      Jeff- if I had a rubber knife, I could come from behind and stab you in the eye. I’ll come to the fight with a rubber knife all I want, buddy!

      (just think- if I had TWO rubber knives, I could do a double-eye-stab. think about that)

    7. Brian Brady December 29th, 2007 4:41 pm

      Interestingly enough, the most successful of the series seems to be the Fire reports…and we’re a real estate site!

      The fires taught me that civilians can disseminate ground information faster than the pros.

      Can you imagine Radio America if it were Weblog America? The Iron Curtain would have fallen in 1974.

    8. Jeff Brown December 30th, 2007 11:17 am

      Lani — you’re dangerous with or without a weapon. :)

    9. Thomas Johnson December 30th, 2007 10:32 pm

      Thank you all for a great education here in the kennel this past year. My canine wisdom for 2008 came from my husky, Sophie who taught me: Unless you are the lead dog, the view is always the same.

      Happy New Year to all in the kennel!

      Tom Johnson

    10. Greg Swann December 30th, 2007 10:34 pm

      > Happy New Year to all in the kennel!

      Bless you, sir. Thank you. You’ve been an undiluted delight.