The most obnoxious blogger in the world

by on August 7, 2008 at 7:21 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

I read many blogs but there is only one — of the two or three hundred I have sampled — which I find truly obnoxious.  I find the content obnoxious and I find the style obnoxious and I find the blogger obnoxious.  By the way, I don’t think it is a blog which has ever said anything negative about me, at least not that I’m aware of.  And it’s not a blog on the blogroll or a blog I have, as far as I can remember, linked to.   

I never read it regularly in the first place, but I don’t think I can stand to read this blog any more ever again.  Even so, I try to spin theories of how one blog and one blog only can have achieved such a special place in my mind.  It’s not a blog that covers special or unique topics, relative to the other blogs I read and link to.  Is the world not a continuum?

If you are a blogger you can know that the chance I find you obnoxious is very slim indeed.  But not zero.

Or maybe you all think that I just don’t read enough blogs.

Happy Rotter August 7, 2008 at 7:58 am

It’s about me, isn’t it? I knew this song was about me, didn’t I?

Matthew C. August 7, 2008 at 8:04 am


Matthew C. August 7, 2008 at 8:23 am

Alternate guesses: Yudkowsky, Moldbug, Sailor, Razib, Reynolds?

Cabalamat August 7, 2008 at 8:26 am

I’m guessing Adam Yoshida.

Santiago H. August 7, 2008 at 8:31 am

My two cents: Brad DeLong grasping reality with his two hands…

Anonny August 7, 2008 at 8:40 am
Milam Command August 7, 2008 at 8:44 am

Kim du Toit?

person August 7, 2008 at 8:45 am

if not perezhilton…

Tyler Cowen August 7, 2008 at 8:54 am

People, you need to play Sherlock Holmes! For one thing, Roissy has criticized me on his blog for another he doesn’t cover typical topics, compared to the other blogs I read.

josh August 7, 2008 at 9:16 am

Can we ask questions?

chug August 7, 2008 at 9:30 am

Is it Tyrone and his secret blog?

Tyler, this post definitely needed a “By the way, here’s a ….” And not to flying puffins. How about to
a list of the most obnoxious celebrities

eugene August 7, 2008 at 9:40 am

Perhaps one of the gawker blogs?

k August 7, 2008 at 9:45 am

Does Drudge Report count as a blog? That is obnoxious. It’s hard on the eyes and I’m still surprised people read it. I don’t get it.

Felix August 7, 2008 at 9:47 am


Tyler, please elaborate. If you’ve linked to me more than once, are the chances that you find me obnoxious still non-zero?

Tyler Cowen August 7, 2008 at 9:51 am

Felix, you are wonderful not obnoxious and that is p = 1. The interesting thing about this experiment is that none of you have guessed the person.

Dave August 7, 2008 at 10:08 am

Maybe Maddox is just too high brow for you…

Brian M August 7, 2008 at 10:17 am

I am thinking it may be Atrios/Eschatonblog.

K. August 7, 2008 at 10:19 am

Brian Leiter?

Noah Yetter August 7, 2008 at 10:36 am

Here is Tyler’s post with everything that’s not a variation of the word “blog” removed:

blogs blogger blog blog blogroll blog blog blog blog blog blogs blogger blogs.

(inspiration credit to xkcd:

Anyway it’s not Roissy because 1) Tyler linked to him and 2) he said something negative about Tyler (iirc).

mickslam August 7, 2008 at 10:49 am

I think – SN maybe?

mk August 7, 2008 at 11:05 am

Atrios is a good guess.

My meta-guess is that if it is Atrios, Tyler will wait for about 10 more posts to be made and then issue a statement that “the blogger has been mentioned.”

However, I am not sure whether the published existence of this prediction changes its validity.

steven August 7, 2008 at 11:11 am

Retracted, it fails the “said anything negative” criterion.

Dave C August 7, 2008 at 11:17 am

It’s not Atrios. Tyler linked to him just a few posts earlier.

Jack August 7, 2008 at 11:24 am

I find many blogs very, very obnoxious, and I’m sure my sample isn’t any larger than Tyler’s.

someguy August 7, 2008 at 11:28 am

Duncan Black is obnoxious but he is also smart and funny plus Tyler just linked to Atrios like yesterday.

After a little looking it also looks liked he has linked to Angrybear.

He has linked to and been attacked by Leiter. Also same as for Duncan Black.

Posner in on the blog roll.

Now if only we could google sites Tyler Cowen has not linked to.

Rice August 7, 2008 at 11:36 am

My guess is Mencius Moldbug.

Jason Malloy August 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

This post is obnoxious. It’s a ridiculous exercise; Technorati tracks approximately 113 million blogs, and you want people to guess*. It’s also rather jerkish to goad your readers into insulting tons of people. Many who are probably readers as well.

* Still he gave like two clues that would exclude absolutely anyone and no one is even using those, e.g. Atrios, roissy…

josh August 7, 2008 at 11:42 am

Steve Sailer is also linked. Tyler also mentioned tagging him about his ipod, so I doubt he finds him obnoxious.

How about Little Green Footballs?

Dave August 7, 2008 at 11:52 am
anon August 7, 2008 at 11:58 am

How is the blog obnoxious?

There’s little chance that we’ll guess the name, so please tell us.

Kevin Donoghue August 7, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Was it his obituary of Solzhenitsyn that finally got to you?

Roland Stephen August 7, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Micky Kaus

Roland Stephen August 7, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Micky Kaus

Roland Stephen August 7, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Micky Kaus

Rhys Southan August 7, 2008 at 12:32 pm

This blog entry is a Rorschach Test.

SheetWise August 7, 2008 at 12:42 pm

It’s got to be Do The Dishes First.

That’s a real piece of work. The ultimate insult is to compare any blog to Do The Dishes First.

Jack August 7, 2008 at 12:53 pm

David Warsh at Economic Principals, although it is not a blog (?).

Ken Houghton August 7, 2008 at 1:07 pm

If Tyler Cowen found Economic Principals obnoxious, it would show that he’s in the wrong profession. Which is not an assumption we can make and be credible.

Santiago H.’s guess fails, since Dr. DeLong is on the blogroll (as himself).

Also, since it’s not a specialist blog, that rules out the Fire Joe Morgan/Sports Economist crowd.

The implication from the post is that the tone has changed for the worst recently, which rules out Dr. Duncan Black.

And it would be a pity if he’s given up on Amygdala.

Greg August 7, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Sounds like the Lew Rockwell Blog…

chris cella August 7, 2008 at 1:34 pm

OK SERIOUSLY… Come on Tyler this is not fair… Why do this? Just come out and say it, or at least give some clues!

Tom August 7, 2008 at 1:39 pm


Person August 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I nominate myself. I mean, take a look at this post alone. Look at how it combines all the elements:

-Claiming to have the shortest and best libertarian case for IP.
-Trivializing the biggest objection to it.
-Claiming to be too good for journals, that they would be “ungrateful” for not accepting his submissions.
-Claiming not to have heard any decent arguments against it.
-Making wild accusations about people, while pretending to leave them nameless, then backhandedly naming them.
-The title of the blog, claiming that he “sets everything straight”.

Macneil August 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm

I agree with (all five of!) Roland’s posts. It’s Micky Kaus.

Shylurk August 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm


caltuffy August 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm

One of those troll guys in the NY Times article? Like Jason Fortuny?

Mike August 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm

I think the key to this puzzle is: which blogger commonly titles posts “the most x, y, in the world” or something along those lines, and then ? I don’t know…
blog blog blog.

fire megan mcardle August 7, 2008 at 2:33 pm

I doubt Tyler is upset with us. We’re very complementary of his hair.

NC Almirall August 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm

After eliminating the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, is the truth — it’s pretty improbable, but doesn’t Marginal Revolution fit the description?

Besides, Tyler seems too nice a guy to write something so harsh about anyone but himself.

Yancey Ward August 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm


Tyler has linked to himself on more than one occasion.

trasjr7 August 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Tucker Max? It’s pretty difficult to stoop lower.

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