November 11, 2003

a different blog contest, an apology to instapundit

nick over at patriot-paradox suggests a blog contest, like TTLB's "new blog showcase", but for established blogs. he expands on the idea here. i think it's a great idea. let me explain why, exactly:

frank j and his alliance move instapundit to the forefront of immature jokes in america, fall 2003

i am a member of the alliance of free blogs. i read IMAO occasionally. i happened upon it one day back in august when frank j had just posted his most important post ever. he said what lots of jealous bloggers think--that instapundit gets an amazing amount of traffic, recognition, and respect, considering his blogging has the personality of an avocado. he didn't use those words, but that was his point. he called for free blogs to rise up and take their share of the blogosphere. his influence instantly made glenn reynolds, the instapundit, the butt of more immature jokes than even the infamous monica lewinsky. (see pie chart, above, for immature joke distribution in the third quarter)

frank's words touched my heart, too, and i decided to voice my support with a comment to his entry:

instapundit is proof that any moron can get visitors, even if his commentary is limited to "hmmm" and "indeed." all he has to do is post 60 friggin' times a day.

frank j, you, too, are a conniving bastard, but i have come to tolerate you through much soul-searching and internal strife.

within hours i was added to IMAO's blogroll under the heading "compatriots in the great blog war". i went on vacation, several weeks passed, doug blogged thrice, and when i came back, there was an alliance website set up. i began visiting other alliance blogs, and, apparently, some of them visited mine. it has served as a wonderful opportunity to find new blogs to read.

so you see, i never really signed up for the alliance. in fact, i called frank j a "conniving bastard". but the i liked the increased traffic, and that is why i went along with some of the more idiotic requirements for alliance membership, such as voting in the new weblog showcase each week. i couldn't care less about that, to be honest.

but i appreciate this fellow's suggestion for a different contest. i hope it gets off the ground, and i'll probably participate. if he can't make things happen, that's okay, too. blogging isn't everything*. life is too short to be a computer head.

i should also note that i am withdrawing my criticism of glenn reynolds. in fact, note that in my comment to IMAO, i never actually called instapundit a "moron" (i just said "any moron can get visitors"). the truth is, i agree with glenn most of the time, and i appreciate the work he does. i can spend 30 seconds at his site and find something interesting to read every time. there is room in the blogosphere for all kinds of bloggers, and glenn is good at what he does: reporting the news. frank j is good at what he does, too: making me laugh. i shudder to think what the blogosphere would be like without both types of bloggers. we might say of the blogosphere, as did paul of the church,

But now [the blogosphere is comprised of] many members, yet but [is] one body.

And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

Nay, much more those members of the [blogosphere], which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

And those members of the [blogosphere], which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor.

1 corinthians 12:20-23

and considering that the average blogger is a teenage girl who posts twice a month, instapundit is a diamond in the rough. thank you, glenn, and i hope you'll forgive me for my short-sightedness and immaturity...and for calling you a transsexual goat. i was only kidding.

Posted by travis at November 11, 2003 10:27 AM | TrackBack

He does say "Hmm" and "Indeed" an awful lot. I think he makes up for it with the sheer amount of content he dredges up from the bottom of the internet and the frequently brilliant morsels of insight he does write.

This is pretty funny, though. I'm mainly just upset with Glenn Reynolds because he has neglected to post MY site while he has some of the worst weblogs every created in his link section. Grumble. Grumble.

Posted by: Jonathan at November 11, 2003 07:16 PM

I am mad at Glenn Reynolds because I joined his Axis and then he went and abandoned me to join the Alliance.

Posted by: Robin Roberts at November 11, 2003 07:56 PM

I hate when the leader of your group joins the other group.

Posted by: Nick Queen at November 11, 2003 07:59 PM

You are a self-absorbed bunch, aren't you? Maybe you take yourselves a bit too seriously. When "news" is the sort of gossipy, bitchy drivel you toss at each other here, you become just another inbred hobby group with nothing to say to the world. Fine; it's your right. I don't have to read your babble, and you don't have to like my snotty, gratuitous comments. -- The blogs I like inform, provide genuine insight, keep a careful eye on the biased media, and provide a real service. What I see here is irrelevant, IMHO, so....I'm off to greener pastures, and you are perfectly justified in giving me the finger as I go. To each his own!!

Posted by: Lawrence at November 11, 2003 10:18 PM

lawrence, you have fallen into the exact trap i fell into when i stumbled upon instapundit's blog--i spent a few moments there, decided the world doesn't need blogs like his, and moved on. i criticized glenn because of his blogging style. but i have come around. i predict you will soon be back here, reading my jokes and lapping them up gleefully much like a pig at the trough.

you apparently can't stand my attempts at humor. you probably also sit behind a computer all day and get your biggest laughs from NPR (it's so HILARIOUS!). do you have long, protruding nosehairs? what is the last time you left your house for a social engagement? do you have a personality?

the point of the bible verse i quote at the end of the article is, the blogosphere needs variety. for a while, i was a judgmental goober like you who couldn't see the light. but all that has changed, and i am at peace with instapundit and the world.

in the future, please read more than one post before you make such sweeping criticisms of people's weblogs.

oh, and per your request: the finger [click]

Posted by: admin at November 12, 2003 02:05 AM

I compared and contrasted my writing style ("linker hybrid") with some of the big bloggers, e.g. Steven Den Beste, Meryl Yourish, and Glenn Reynolds, in my post, ANNUAL BLOG REPORT.

All the Best,
Martin Lindeskog.
Gothenburg, Sweden.

Posted by: Martin Lindeskog at November 12, 2003 05:02 PM

Clearly your pie chart is wrong. Who makes fun of the elephant man anymore? Midgets though...they are free reign. Look at Jackass or the Elf movie. Midgets are mocked everywhere---even on Maury Pouvich. It seems like he is helping them, but he is really putting them on display. People mourn the elephant man. We think that the midgets should be give a larger piece of the pie.

Posted by: Melissa and Whitney at November 13, 2003 12:57 AM

oh, i'm sorry. you are right. the elephant man was not one of the subjects of immature jokes. i misread the data. i should have said "men with elephantitis". my mistake.

Posted by: admin at November 13, 2003 07:57 AM

it should be noted that you two scholars have committed a glaring archie-bunkerism. you said, "midgets...are free reign".


you could have said, "midgets are free game", or perhaps in a different context, said, "midgets have free reign", but as the remark stands, and if i didn't know you, i'd say you were either sitcom writers from the 70's or my mom.

Posted by: admin at November 13, 2003 11:59 AM

i think that you should put a picture of a man with elephantitis on your blog. that would be cool.

Posted by: kerri at November 13, 2003 02:41 PM