And the Hottest Male Blogger is…

Wow. Seriously, wow.

I am completely blown away by the response to the Hottest Male Blogger contest.

Not only was my Inbox flooded with votes and veritable love letters to the nominees… not only did some of the nominees have a really good time with it… but this little experiment actually went viral, and got picked up by sites like mediabistro and Gawker.

GAWKER, people! Now that’s hot.

After tallying up all the votes that came in through email, Twitter and comments, a winner has emerged.

So without further ado, let’s congratulate…

PETER SHANKMAN, founder of, for the honor of being voted HOTTEST MALE BLOGGER!

Why did he win? Well, he received the most votes, of course. (So many that at times I was cursing myself for giving my email address as a voting method.)

But behind the votes, there were the reasons why this blogger is so hot. There were many reasons. They were funny. They were poignant. They were touching. They were un-PC.

They were so great that I have to share them. Here are a few:

“The guy has nads the size of boulders.  (GUESSING of course!)”

“He is hot because he genuinely wants to help people out. His belief in karma encourages others to be generous as well.”

“He’s one hot Jew!!”

“Brains, sense of humor, looks, the whole 9 yards!”

“He’s creative, funny, daring and his blog is actually useful and actionable on a daily basis.”

“He’s hot because nothing holds him back!”

“Not just hot, but very resourceful, helpful, innovative.”

“The type of guy who is extremely successful yet humble.”

“He truly rocks the boat of life.”

(At this point, I’m feeling the overwhelming urge to say, “Peter Shankman, this is your life.”)

Now, I would like to ask the runners-up to:

a.) step off the ledge, and…

b.) give yourselves a hand.

Just don’t go questioning your hotness, guys, because let me tell you… your fans were just as enthusiastic.

Proof? OK, here you go:

Pete Cashmore (um, some comments were totally NSFW; I’ll pick a tame one): “He’s not JUST nice to look at but smart as well.”

Mike Doe: “Fabulously funny and definitely hot.”

Jason Phillips: “I’m voting for Jason ’cause with a promise like that, he’d better deliver. Oh, and he’s pretty damn hot too.”

Jeremy Biser: “I am Jeremy’s wife. And he is ridiculously hot.” (Not even close to his only vote, of course, but just so cute I had to use it. Awww!)

Guy Kawasaki: “Brilliant, funny, good-looking, friends with everyone, and generous. What more could you ask?”

Joeprah: “Devoted dad, smart writer and funny. And oh yeah, really good looking.”

Ezra Klein: “Hello, a man who can cook… I am drooling already.”

And to you guys, I also give you these parting gifts from which to choose for your blog (designed by the lovely Dawn):

There were a bunch of write-in nominees, too. Apparently, there’s an amazing number of hot male bloggers out there, and plenty of people who want to spread the word about their hotness. Who knew?

To everyone who feels their favorite hot blogger was slighted, I will say this: duly noted, my friends, duly noted.

You may rest assured that as I type, I am rubbing my hands together with evil glee, preparing for Part II of this little experiment.

Stay tuned.


Now go check out his service, (HARO), which connects reporters looking for sources with, well… sources for their articles. That’s where you or your company comes in. And that equals publicity for you. Everyone wins!

Now go forth and spread the hotness.

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 7.15.08
    Joe said:

    I still am quite perplexed how got on the list, as I sit reading this hair disheveled in a sweaty tee drinking a beer, of course Peter is hotter than me. I feel most people are, well maybe not Quirkee James, but most people. Thanks for including me in this list of amazing bloggers, for serious real that was awesome!! Congrats to us all. Word.

  2. 7.15.08
    Hani said:

    Round of congrats to all. I’d optimistically predicted to Peter a few weeks ago that it would take 6-14 days to go from 10k subscribers to 20k. Well, I was off by a couple of weeks, but if your contest had run _then_ who knows what could have happened? 🙂

  3. 7.16.08

    Just goes to show you women really do look at the overall package! (Not just THAT package..unless, you know, someone wants to show it..or, uh, something.) 😉


  4. 7.16.08
    McMommy said:

    Now this was one of your tweets, Jane, that I couldn’t help but check out!

    Fun post! I’m off to visit his blog…

  5. 7.16.08

    I wonder if his newly crowned hotness will help him run faster this weekend? 🙂

  6. 7.16.08
    Jessica said:

    Bravo Jane! I definitely think you should make this an annual thing. So much fun! Great idea…so glad I was there to watch it hatch on Twitter. 🙂

  7. 7.16.08
    Kate said:

    Yay, so happy @skydiver won! I’m in love with HARO and Peter’s HARO intros are some of the best reading I get all day 🙂 Congrats to Peter!

  8. 7.16.08
    Kate said:

    oh, and I second Jessica – so happy to be part of the original “hatching” on Twitter that night 🙂 never going to tell who I anonymously nominated……..

  9. 7.16.08
    Kristinia said:

    Now we need to do the Hottest Female Blogger!

  10. 7.16.08

    I’m very disappointed about the whole sorry business …………. *sob*

  11. 7.16.08

    Peter = Karma. Congrats Peter!

  12. 7.16.08
    Bonnie said:

    Now, if we could do hot judges without getting sued that would be fun.

  13. 7.16.08
    Karla Jo said:

    Peter rocks hotness — congrats!!!!

  14. 7.16.08

    Not even ONE write-in for me?

  15. 7.16.08
    Laura said:

    Check you out!!! I didn’t vote, but I did check out the nominees!! There were some definite hotties in the bunch!

  16. 7.16.08

    Wow! I missed the contest but recently learned of Petr and HARO. Very HOT service.

  17. 7.17.08
    Nadine said:

    I love the prize buttons. Congratulations to the winner.

  18. 7.17.08

    Mmm Shankman won but in your list there isn’t an Italian blogger or an European, righ? 😛

  19. 7.17.08
    JessieX said:

    Congrats to Peter! Yeah, he’s hot.

  20. 7.17.08
    John said:

    I SO expected to see my name there. I can’t help feeling a bit let down. 🙁

  21. 7.18.08

    This was fun Jane! Well done, and it definitely made me smile. Thanks!

  22. 4.15.09
    Oxydaywam said:

    mm. attractive 🙂

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