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The High and the Mighty (insecure)

How about this load of pathetic, mewling crap (1-6) from one of the big boy bloggers. Get out the tiny violin.

1) This blog does not exist to promote you, your blog, your business, your organization, your pet issue or cause. Failure to promote or link to any particular thing should not be taken as disapproval of it.

2) If a story falls on the front page of the New York Times, and I don’t say anything about it, some people probably will manage to actually hear about it even without it appearing on this page.

3) If Josh Marshall, Tapped, the Washington Monthly, Daily Kos, Pandagon, Eschaton and numerous other blogs talk about something, and I don’t, some people probably will manage to actually hear about it even without it appearing on this page.

4) People who write angry emails chastising me for not writing about issue X or demanding that I do so generally find their way into my spam filter. I imagine many other bloggers react similarly. See also 1) and 2) above.

5) People who write angry emails chastising me for writing about issue X and complaining that there are so many more important things to write about generally find their way into my spam filter. I imagine many other bloggers react similarly. See also 4) and 1) and 2) above.

6) Such occasional reminders are not angry bitter complaints. None of the above should discourage people from emailing me with things they think I might be interested in. There is a big difference between “this is interesting” and “you must write about this.” Nor should any of the above be taken to mean that I react badly to any and all criticism of what I write. It’s just the type of criticism that comes from people who get angry when this blog isn’t their personal megaphone that annoys me. “What you wrote is wrong” is very different from “how dare you do/don’t write about issue X.”

Who do you think was the author of this ode to insecurity? (I provided a big hint, if you didn’t already know.) In any case, it’s ridiculous to think that if you’re getting hundreds of thousands of visits that you’re not going to be lobbied to post items. No, you can’t post them all (I certainly can’t and I don’t have 1/1000th of the traffic), but damn, acknowledge the influence you have in the blogosphere — that’s why people are emailing you. It’s a strange syndrome, the big bloggers carrying on as if they are just an average joe with a personal blog, and then failing to acknowledge their position as bloggers of influence and do whatever they can to maintain it –because they earn a living at blogging and need those ads.

You know what I’m talking about — it’s the same people, mostly guys, who are already well-connected, linking to one another, and really keeping the “network” closed — who knows if it is out of malice or not (ahem) — but out of familiarity and comfort in being there early in the medium together. What they haven’t mastered is the art of taking legitimate criticism very well, to them, any mild critique is troll behavior.

A spot-on blogger pal added to the list:

7) The Gilliard Amendment: If you want to grab an audience, you have to work at it. You have to do it every day and not expect an ounce of help. Not one link, not one kind reference. You have to do the work to get noticed. Some of us are more talented than others, but if you work hard and show effort others will appreciate it.

8) Caveat To The Gilliard Amendment: Be a guest blogger at the Daily Kos, then start your own blog. Proceed to skip step 7.

Guess what? Don’t waste your time reading the author of numbers 1-6. on the other hand, the author of numbers 7 and 8 I highly recommend reading.

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