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Kyle Bunch of Blogebrity's Top 10 Blogebrities of 2006

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Kyle Bunch watches the blogosphere every day as head honcho of Blogebrity. Prepare as he breaks down the top 10 Blogebrities and sneaks in an eleventh when noone's lookin:

Per Tony's mission to load LAist with as many Top 10's of 2006 as possible, we humbly submit our list of The Top 10 Blogebrities of 2006*, in order from coffee hot (thousands of links) to magma hot (magazine covers, development deals, merchandising rights, etc.), on the Blogebrity Hotness Scale™

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TIE - 10.) Jessica Coen // Vanity Fair / (formerly of) Gawker
Like Ana Marie Cox before her -- parlayed her Gawker Media gig into a full-time job at a major media outlet (Only, Ana Marie Cox didn't spend a quarter of her time at Wonkette lampooning her future bosses.) and left throngs of readers longing for their daily cup of Coen.

TIE - 10.) Jason Calacanis // Calacanis.com / CalacanisCast
His outspoken personality rubs some the wrong way, but his candor over the past year in his blog and now podcast -- while going from entrepreneur to AOL exec., through his departure at AOL -- offer an entertaining look into corporate culture and entrepreneurial thinking running head-on into each other.

9.) Zach Klein, Ricky Van Veen, Jakob Lodwick & the CH Staff // CollegeHumor
While rumors of a Facebook buyout circled all year long, the CH "clan" turned their loyal college audience into REAL dollars, selling a majority stake in the company to Barry Diller's IAC for a handsome some (total rumored to be $30 mil or so). With a movie in development, and Diller's resources behind them, the College Humor guys are laughing all the way to the bank.

8.) Ninja & Co. // Ask a Ninja
The Ninja was pretty much a 2006-only phenomenon (they released their first episode in late 2005, everything else in 2006). From airing their 2nd episode on January 5th, to throwing a big Yahoo/Revver-sponsored party at Cinespace upon releasing their first DVD in December, the people at Ask a Ninja had a big year.

7.) Gina Trapani, Adam Pash, Rick Broida, & Wendy Boswell // Lifehacker
It started as a surprising new title for a company whose primary trade was gossip, but Lifehacker has grown into one of the most
widely-read (and almost entirely snark free) Gawker Media titles. And they aren't stopping at pixels and bits. Lifehacker: The Book is available in stores now.

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6.) Team TMZ // TMZ.com
You may not love their content -- but you can't deny the role they've played in some of the year's biggest gossip stories. From Mel Gibson's crazy night to Brandon Davis's Firecrotch rant , the year in gossip wouldn't have been the same without the muckracking excellence of TMZ.com.

5.) Kevin Rose // Digg / Diggnation
Now entering its third year of existence, Digg continues to be a huge source of traffic for bloggers, while Diggnation remains one of the few podcasts that doesn't totally put you to sleep, thanks largely to one savvy production decision -- alcohol + video podcasting = better video podcasting.