Up Close and Personal With Dlisted's Michael K.
If blogging were compared to the evolutionary process, celeb blogging would be the Darwinian pick for survival of the fittest. However, as with all wonderful things, there's always the expected dilution due to increasing quantities.
Fortunately, for us, Dlisted.com (pronounced D - Listed) emerged as the Homo sapien in the herd of beasts, and the genius behind this brilliantly funny, outrageously vulgar and surprisingly fresh site is one man known simply as Michael K.
Responsible for helping popularize catchphrases like "rabid possum head" (a reference to Kate Gosselin's "unique" hairstyle) and trends like the Three Moon t-shirts, Dlisted has spawned an entire lexicon of terms that have proliferated throughout the blogging world. He's like a gay Shakespeare, with more profanity. This is part of Michael's charm and appeal; he takes everyday situations and sprinkles them with equal parts ghetto and gay references creating a vernacular all his own. Those who read him regularly understand these neologisms and it creates a special bond with his readers. In a world of celeb antics at times so absurdly over-the-top, Michael's the ringmaster putting it all into perspective.
I had the chance to catch up with Michael K., and unlike your typical interview, we decided to opt for a friendly chat. What I discovered was a self-effacing guy who owns his glittery fabulousness and isn't afraid to make fun of anyone, including me.
Dawn O: What is it about your personality that resonates with your Dlisted readers?
Michael K: I think I say things some people are thinking. And I'm self-proclaimed trash, so that can be entertaining to laugh at/with.
Dawn O: Approximately how many regular readers do you think Dlisted has?
Michael K: Maybe around 500,000 (a day). I'm not too sure. I'm still surprised and grateful that more than 2 people read me.
Dawn: Most bloggers, especially the self-promotional kind, use social media tools like Facebook or Twitter as a way to publicize themselves, you however do not. Why?
Michael K: Because honestly, people could care less. And it's just not me. I always the one making fun of people in the corner. I was never the one dancing in the middle of the room. Well, unless I'm drunk and a Debbie Deb song is playing.
Dawn O: Where do you see yourself in a year, five years?
Michael K: Right here.