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Bad Timing

This morning, I wrote a post badmouthing Babble, the popular parenting site, saying that their controversial Babble Lists, which rank parent bloggers, was bad for the blogosphere.

This afternoon, Babble was bought by the Disney Corporation for 40 million dollars.  This Disney site is now poised to be an important and powerful site.

This brings up the essential issue in this discussion — my bad timing.

Did I had make a tactical error by posting this ranting blog post at the worst possible moment, on the morning before Babble’s greatest achievement in the afternoon, alienating my friends who work for Babble, and forever ruining my chances of ever selling a script to Disney?

Of course not.

My readers know who I am.   A little criticism never comes between friends.

And besides, my readers know that my timing is usually right on the money.   Go into my archive and see how many of my posts are published at the exact moment they should have been, before the pundits climbed aboard the bandwagon.    Today was just a fluke —

March 7, 2007 — “Why “Muslim” Obama is Going to Lose.”

August 3, 2008 — “I’m Investing with Bernie Madoff. You Should Too.”

December 22, 2008 — “Who the F**k is Going to Watch a Stupid Movie About a Teenage Vampire?”

April 1, 2010 — “The Year the Mets Will Take the Pennant”

October 4, 2011 — “Penn State Football: A Class Act”

Congrats to everyone involved at Babble.   Now you can stop with the lists.


  1. abigail.road

    Maybe it’s because I’m just a big ol’ nobody on the internet, but Babble gets on my nerves. So does Klout, which I don’t even understand, to be honest. 🙂

  2. Erika

    i would say the exact opposite. Your timing is impeccable! So a big corporation bought the thing. There is plenty of room for honest criticism, maybe Disney should take note.

  3. Angella

    I love these posts from you, Neil. I feel in the middle, a bit, because I am good friends with many of the Babble folks.

    But I’ve never been on any list, ever, unless you count that time I was one of your “blog crushes.”

    Maybe we should make our own list of Awesomeness.

  4. amiee

    hee. it is like you are the harbinger of, ah, something. not sure what. plus you would never write a script for disney anyway. would you?

    anyway, the list i like being on is people you would grab a drink with. if you head west in december let me know.

    • Neil

      yes, i definitely would.

  5. magpie

    I think probably your post CAUSED Disney to buy Babble…

    • Absence of Alternatives

      Agreed! Since you seemed to have an eerie capability to pick (on) the winners… 🙂

  6. MikeR

    This is great! Too funny, and the post from yesterday was a wonderful look at ranking. I just posted about it on Indie Posit.

  7. Absence of Alternatives

    I don’t really know what Babble is. I keep on thinking it is a tower of something.

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