I received a note yesterday from the founder of Feedspot, which among other things has a site called "Top 100 Funny Blogs," and was informed that Elisberg Industries had made the list. Certainly curious, I checked out the list and it turns out that Elisberg Industries clocked in at #60.
(Actually, the correct title is "Top 100 Funny Blogs on the Planet." I left out the qualifier since it seemed inappropriate for me to promote myself to that level when my own awareness of the field didn't reach that far. But for all I know, the Feedspot folks themselves have agents scouring Kazakhstan, Djibouti and elsewhere around the globe, including under the sea.)
While not quite at the level of the Kennedy Center Honors, the Feedspot collection seems at the very least to have several sites on their list that I've heard of, although any collection of funny sites that doesn't include Mark Evanier's News From Me has some explaining to do. (I let the fellow who contacted me know about it so that he can correct the error of his ways. I also told him to check out Ken Levine's blog, which I recommend to folks here, as well. (Ken is the Emmy-winning writer of Cheers, Frasier, M*A*S*H and a great deal more, including being a professional baseball announcer -- really.) Most are totally unknown to me, but then the rest of the planet can say the same thing when they get to #60.
Indeed, beyond the question of taste, how they even tracked me down is perhaps the biggest bewilderment. After all, as their list shows, this site's popularity on the Alexa ranking puts Elisberg Industries 2,927,429 on the most-visited sites. Really. (Though "most-visited" seems a contradiction in terms.) And that's just on the Internet, where it ranks on the planet is another matter entirely.
Mind you, given all that I've been writing about the hell that is Trump and other politics, as well as technology, sports and dystopian philosophy (okay, maybe not the latter, I'll have to check the archives), I suspect the humor of these pages falls through the cracks on occasion, but it's always there in the Founders Manual, and if it's good enough for Feedspot, who am I to complain?
(Feedspot, by the way, is an RSS content reader, and has a lot of "best of" collections, and accumulated news, and that's about all you need to know -- and I can't add a whole lot more.)
If you'd like to see the full list, and figure out how Elisberg Industries somehow came to their attention, you can check it out here.
In the meantime, at least for the time being I've chosen to include their badge in the sidebar on the right. It's colorful and adds some class to the section, which isn't difficult. But also, for all I know an investor from some Fortune 500 company will see it and offer to buy out the site, while allowing me to continue being in charge and write whatever I want. Hey, you never know. Though you can make a good guess....
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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