Observing the frenzied reaction to Asymmetrical Information proprietress Megan McArdle‘s posting of a photograph of herself on both the blog and her TechCentral column, it became apparent to me that there was a huge demand for photographs of the Babes of the Blogosphere.

I’ll divide them into three categories by locatability: Hidden Gems (in an individual post or offsite); linked on a Biography Page; and Hiding in Plain Site (permanently displayed on the main blog page or, um, “site”). I’ve started a list with regular reads and/or readers:

Hidden Gems

Feel free to add your own submissions via the comments feature! Nominations are now closed. Feel free to submit nominees for the sequel.

Note: To ease confusion, I’ve decided to simply update the main post rather than keep numerous updates in the Extended Entry section.

Note 2: Not that these are “adult” photos or anything, but bloggers must be 18 or over in the photos to be eligible.

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  1. jen says:

    It’s a technicality, but I’m more in the Hiding in Plain Sight category since I have roaming pics in my masthead. And thanks for the link and traffic. Since I couldn’t open your page last night I couldn’t find out why I had so many visitors from OTB. ‘Preciate it…

  2. jen says:

    Let me recant somewhat – I just checked my about page and I see that I forgot to change the masthead for that page, so you are correct. Thanks again.

  3. James Joyner says:

    No prob. The blog was down much of the night, or you’d have had more traffic, probably.

    The pics on the main page do rotate and seem to be mostly childhood ones.

  4. jen says:

    Yeah, some. Attractive, huh? πŸ˜†

  5. Matt says:

    Don’t forget the beautiful Vicky of Liquid Courage. Sure she’s my wife, but that doesn’t affect me in any way.

  6. Wait, didn’t some big time journalist once claim that bloggers were teenage misfit girls? I think you’ve done a lovely job rebutting that, James. Well done!

  7. hln says:

    The traffic from this is amazing. People must be like, “who’s THAT?”


  8. red says:

    This is awesome. I love it.

  9. AlphaPatriot says:

    Don’t forget Serenity of Serenity’s Journal (pic at bottom of the biography page).

    And Courtney (currently MIA) (biography page).

    And Gennie over at Dizzy Girl (hidden gem).

  10. Bill McCabe says:

    The very attractive Sheila.

  11. Jim says:

    OMG – They are all teenage misfit girls just like I read in the paper!

  12. AlphaPatriot says:

    And Heather Noggle of Angelweave (bio page).

  13. kelley says:

    Wow! I’m very flattered to be mentioned in such gorgeous and talented company. Thanks!

  14. shelli says:

    Thanks for the mention, yep I have no problem posting my mug(in pictures catagory)or half nakidness as a skin on my blog. Thanks for the traffic I think.

  15. linsee says:

    See the link to Sarah Fitz-Claridge in the very same CotV

  16. linsee says:

    See the link to Sarah Fitz-Claridge in the very same CotV

  17. Gennie says:

    Hey cool list! Thanks for adding me AlphaPatriot. πŸ˜‰

  18. Gennie says:

    Hey cool list! Thanks for adding me AlphaPatriot. πŸ˜‰

  19. red says:

    Hey, there! Thanks for adding me on! I make it a habit to hide in plain sight. Thanks again…

  20. pril says:

    Queen of Crapblogging, reprezentin’… Pril of Nth of Pril, and here i am.

    its off the blog, but connected to the blog.

  21. Moxie says:

    Thank you so much for adding me — I’m flattered to be included given the fine company! It makes me smile since I’ve feel like shit lately.

    Gah! As for the IP thing you mentioned on whizbang, would you be so kind as to email me the details?

    I even changed webhosts and the problem persists!

  22. Don’t forget Mary at Exit Zero.

  23. “Babes of the Blogoshpere,” LOL πŸ™‚

    Thanks for including me, I’m proud to be a part of such a list.

    Jennifer Martinez sends

  24. Danelle says:

    I’m game, as long as it doesn’t turn into one of those “would you f*** this person?!” lol

    Danelle of My Life Is A Mess
    Pic on Bio page. (Among other places).

  25. I can’t believe I was included…

    Very cool.

    Thank you.

  26. sugarmama says:

    One correction on mine: the name of my blog is “sugarmama” not “eponymous blog”.


  27. J. Fielek says:

    I volunteer the spouse of a blogger — Jessica, wife of J (that’s me)of Quibbles-n-bits.

  28. pril says:

    woohoo thanks for adding me πŸ™‚

  29. Jett says:

    melly of ordinary morning and yvonne of aged and confused both come to mind…

  30. red says:

    has anyone recommended Baldilocks yet?

    If not, then I do.

  31. shell says:

    Here I am.

  32. Jim says:

    How could you POSSIBLY have omitted Rachel Lucas?

    She seems to be on a blogging-hiatus, but her archives are still amognst the best of the blogosphere.


    Sloop New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  33. James Joyner says:

    I actually thought about Rachel’s site and forgot about it while looking for links and editing.

    I know I’ve seen a picture of her other than the kiddie shot on the masthead but need a link to it.

  34. Ken says:

    Yeh, I was highly disappointed not seeing Rachel mentioned. I wonder if ‘Sunny’ (her dog) counts as a female of the blogosphere, considering how often she’s viewed or used for blog material.

  35. Anastasia says:

    Since I am new to the blogosphere, I thought I would chime in and say hey! My pics are listed under the See Me part of the About Me section of my sidebar. But honestly I doubt that people are reading my blog because of my good looks.

  36. dude says:

    How could you forget about the cam-girls! πŸ˜‰

  37. red says:

    I nominate someone else who is hiding in plain sight:


  38. The Thomas says:

    What? You can’t find a picture of Rachel?

    Look again.

  39. The Agnostic says:

    Let’s not forget Annika of annika’s journal

  40. The Agnostic says:
  41. Frank J. says:

    What I need are the vital statistics of who are single and in their twenties.

  42. jed says:

    Hey, how ’bout Susannah Breslin. She used to do the Reverse Cowgirl’s Blog, over at Slate or Salon, I don’t remember which. Had her piccie up there, but of course, it’s gone now. A Goggle image search did me no good (tillamook cheddar?).

    Ah, here she is. She’s doing an audblog now.

  43. aimless says:

    Well I’m not ‘nominating’ myself for anything, just noting that I’m hiding in plain sight also.

  44. Tanya says:

    Well, I’m pretty new to the blogosphere, but I’ve posted several pics this month.

  45. Katewerk says:

    Ok, this was a surprise, since I don’t blog. But to try to be a little more legit, I have a goofy motorcycle diary I’ve been keeping for a few years.

    Thanks, James. πŸ™‚


  46. cj says:

    I was really surprised to see myself mentioned (I didn’t think anyone knew about me). Thanks!

    Makes me wish I’d posted a pic that wasn’t obtained by holding a digicam at arms length!

  47. Fran says:

    No claims to being a babe, but greetings from the Northwest via Arkansas:

  48. anony mouse says:
  49. Lordy! As if James wasn’t sending enough traffic with this post initially, now that InstaPundit has linked it the hits are going through the roof!

  50. The really odd thing is, it’s not like they’re even advertising us as half-naked babes.

    People really do want to see what the strangers they’ve been reading for all these months look like, I guess.

    An unbelievable Instalanche Echo Effect. James’ referrers look like a typical Instalanche does, only with Outside the Beltway instead of Instapundit’s URL.

  51. yvonne says:

    I love Jett!

  52. Dave says:

    May I direct you to the fairest of them all, gun-totin’ biker chick, intellectual goddess and Samizdatista extraordinary Adriana Cronin.

    Adriana with some serious firepower here:

    Adriana waking up in the morning here:

    Leather-clad Adriana on big bike here:

    I expect I will be banned for life from Samizdata now.

  53. rossi says:

    this is sooooo sexy
    i’m just blushing
    and flushing
    and gushing
    and hmmm
    what else rhymes with that?
    oh well

  54. aa says:
  55. Damn! These pix make me feel like a fraud! I guess when I get back to blogging, I’ll have to post a picture from younger beach-bunny days — circa 1965!

  56. mary says:

    Am I a babe of the blogosphere? I guess I should go off on some feminist tirade here, but really, this is so nicely presented ΓƒΒ’Γ‚β‚¬Γ‚β€œ and itҀÂℒs an honor to be in such fine company. So all I can say is a big thank you for the nomination and the link.

  57. anony mouse says:
  58. Check out Melissa, Mrs. ZogbyBlog.

  59. Sallie says:

    YOU gotta be kiddin’ me! I mean uhhhh…another desperate guy out for film(good try!) I was referred here by a friend. You gotta be doin’ better than looking where you are looking. (a)nd, that is suppose to be a capitol “A” there is more to a Babe than looks(brains count!); but hey, when ya got it why flaunt it with a pic on the front page!

    …so it goes!

  60. Sallie says:

    YOU gotta be kiddin’ me! I mean uhhhh…another desperate guy out for film(good try!) I was referred here by a friend. You gotta be doin’ better than looking where you are looking. (a)nd, that is suppose to be a capitol “A” there is more to a Babe than looks(brains count!); but hey, when ya got it why flaunt it with a pic on the front page!

    …so it goes!

  61. Ursula says:

    Oh my good James! The traffic from this is off the chart. Yesterday I got over 500 unique hits. That’s twice as much as when I was profiled in the Chicago Tribune this past summer. Totally amazing!! Mega thanks for including me on the list. Now I suppose I should go update the picture. I’ve lost quite a few pounds since that picture was taken.

  62. Ron says:

    Don’t forget Carlene from Stiletto Philosophy. This an entry with her as a go-go dancer at a Maxim party.

  63. snide says:

    The link to my fav blogger babe Adriana is phuked up… please fix!

  64. Gennie says:

    I think someone forgot to add Ith. I guess she would fall in the Hidden Gem category. Her pic is here:

    Her blog is here:

  65. Lori says:

    Here is a peek-a-boo picture of Lori and Maripat..

  66. J. Fielek says:

    Okay, the pendulum needs to swing the other way. Add teh male bloggers here.

  67. Shannon says:

    I’m definitely a “plain site” girl, blogging for almost two years: Shannon Campbell of Pet Rock Star.

    This is neat stuff. Thanks.

  68. Ray Trygstad says:

    You missed one of the best photos in the Hide in Plain Site category: Gretchen Pirillo at How a little dweeb like Chris, nice though he is, grabbed such a babe is still a somewhat beyond me.

  69. Ray Trygstad says:

    Aha; a little digging came up with another larger photo of Gretchen.

  70. Nika says:

    Hey hey,

    Here’s Nika… and my pics are all over the place!

  71. Nika says:

    Hey hey,

    Here’s Nika… and my pics are all over the place!

  72. No Pucker says:

    How far up Venemous Kate’s ass does someone have to be to get linked by you? Is it mandatory?

  73. michele says:

    I have newer pictures of me here. And I’m dressed like a bar wench!

  74. driverdave says:

    Awesome list. Thanks!

  75. J. Fielek says:

    I’ve got a list for the guys going here.

    C’mon, gents, let’s provide some entertainment to the ladies…

  76. Great list. I’m glad that I stumbled across your blog. I’ve been blogging for a couple of months and am enjoying the opportunity to read and chat with other bloggers.

  77. emily says:

    How strange that I got added to this list! I don’t know if you care, but my journal is at, it’s just the photoblog at

    Thanks for adding me though. It’s nice to think someone out there wants to oogle my goodies.

  78. Mikey2 says:

    Hiding in Plain “Site”:

  79. Anonymous says:

  80. How could a list such as this NOT mention Stevie at Yes, a strong. outdoor girl in boots can be intimidating, but this is a serious babe. (Sorry, I don’t yet know how to link. Newbie, dontcha know?) Great list, though. BTW, I adore Michele and Rachel as well. Best, Terry

  81. James Joyner says:

    The list consists entirely of people who were on my blogroll in October 2003 and those who were nominated.

  82. Sorry, it’s Told you I was a newbie. Terry

  83. Stevie says:

    Actually, it’s…lol.
    And, thank you, Sweetie!
    This is so cool, I almost don’t know what to say…(and if yer at all familiar with me, you’ll know how rare that is…lol)