I don’t really understand who at Xanga has the job of picking the featured blogs. But it seems to me that it should work just like the top blogs work, based on the popularity of the blog entry itself as voted on by other members. I’ve seen countless posts where Xanga gets a lot of crap for featuring certain blogs people don’t agree with, or not featuring certain blogs for whatever reason.
I’ll admit I’m one of those people that feels a little resentment. I’ve never been featured, but my entry Teenage Girls Are Fucking Stupid These Days did hold the number one spot on top blogs for about 36 hours straight. John of Xanga had seemed to go out of his way to say it was on top blogs but not featured. So Xanga was completely aware of it’s popularity but seemed against featuring it. Yet Xanga was willing to go out of it’s way to feature a blog about a guy who was fine with his wife wearing a certain middle eastern garment because of “insert five reasons to surpress a female here”.
Xanga is a blogging site, yet unlike most blogging sites it seems to like to push its opinions on its masses by way of featuring some blogs and not others as well as limiting the number of communities that exist. Now recently Xanga seems to be switching it’s tune when it comes to the community thing. It sounds like they are going to open it up to anyone who wants to create a community. Congrats Xanga, LiveJournal has only been doing this for the last nine years. But still, at least you’re willing to change that.
So the question is, should featured blogs disappear and be completely replaced by top blogs which are member voted rather then Xanga company voted?