Loud, opinionated, egotistical. These are common characteristics of successful bloggers and typical descriptors of the Top 5 Most Hated Bloggers…
#5 Jason Calacanis
Jason Calacanis is primarily known for his company, Weblogs Inc which was sold to AOL for $25M. He is extremely outspoken and people really seem to dislike him even if they can’t figure out why. Maybe it is his “conference spam” blowup he had with Dave Winer at the TechCrunch20. Or maybe it was his sensational “retirement” from blogging yet he still continues to blog. Whatever it is people seem to have a strong opinion about him.
#4 Mark Cuban
It is easy to hate a multi-billionare that owns a nba team, isn’t it? Before calling out refs in defense of his Dallas Mavericks, Mark sold his profitless Broadcast.com to Yahoo for $5.7B in Yahoo stock. What frustrates most Cuban haters is that they feel he got lucky while he gives the impression he is a business guru. On top of that, he is an outspoken owner of a professional sports team. My personal opinion is that he is hated because most people want to be him.
#3. Arianna Huffington
Even if you agree with her politics, you probably still find Arianna Huffington’s voice slightly annoying. Speaking against any side politically is a sure fire way to collect detractors. Arianna is a Greek born writer who was previously married to Michael Huffington, an oil millionaire and Republican politician. She was a staunch “right winger” while married to Michael, but has recently switched to the left. Switching teams will definitely anger a few.
#2. Michael Arrington
The more power you have the more likely people are going to hate you. Michael Arrington is the Founder of TechCrunch, the most popular tech news blog. Every startup is dying to get a mention from his blog, but with only 20-25 posts a day a lot of founders are going to be unhappy. Apparently this craze has hit unprecedented levels over the past 2 years. Not only did he get spit on at a conference in Europe, but received death threats for he and his family. Success definitely has its drawbacks.
#1 Perez Hilton
Is it surprising that the most hated blogger is a hater himself. Celebrity bashing and gossip has entered new levels in the past 10 years and Mario Armando Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton) has put his face on the movement. Not only does he tear people apart, he wears outlandish clothes and his hair is usually pink. That doesn’t sit well with mainstream America. What also doesn’t sit well are discussions and disagreements about gay marriage… especially during a Miss America pageant. And Perez Hilton was in the middle of all of that.