Monday, September 12, 2005

I got blogged

Many bloggers seemingly are upset at my blog column.
Conservative bloggers thought I was making fun of W.
Liberal bloggers thought I was making fun of liberal bloggers.
And bloggers without a sense of humor were concerned I was looking down my snooty nose at them.

More writing more better!
Blog on...

Hey, the new Stones album is pretty damn good.


Blogger Chloe said...

I read your article, and thought it was hilarious! I have a blog on xanga, and simply write it for myself. I get comments now and then, but its actually "protected" so only those that I choose to read it can. I write in it so in 10 years I can look back on my life, and the world, and be all sentimental. Its also very entertaining.

Just thought Id pop in. good luck blogging!


2:07 PM  
Blogger Brian Gleason said...

Mike: So what were you doing, ragging W or spoofing the libs? Come on, take a stand. It's a blog. One thing about blogs you misunderestimate, though, is that most of these folks take the time and effort to engage in issues important to their communities. You mocked the diary-like blogs that have posts about chores, but the ones I see are about issues. As a five-day-a-week newspaper columnist, I know all about writing an occassional throw-away column like yours on the blog frenzy. How did you shoot at the links that day?

2:10 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

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2:48 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

By the way, the "I was only joking" defense overlooks the fact that you were trying to make a point with your humor.

Nobody is asking you to defend the humor. They're asking you to defend the point you were trying to make with it.

Or are you now saying you weren't trying to make one? Just because you surround your argument with writing that you find funny doesn't mean the argument itself should not be criticized.

It isn't complicated.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Nukapai said...

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4:14 PM  
Blogger Nukapai said...

I was hoping that your article was at best, an attempt at humour, and at worst, an attempt at "web trolling" (trolling: engaging in irritating, attention-seeking and provocative activities in order to gain as much attention as possible). If it was former, I didn't laugh. I hardly smirked. You weren't funny enough. It wasn't whimsical. I didn't see the twinkle in your eye. You engineered something that sounded much more like the latter. By ignoring the obvious (that there are capable writers and journalists among "those who blog" and that the presence of the great illiterati does not and will not drown the good quality material out there) and by taking a deliberately ill-researched and inflammatory stance in your article, aren't you just showing up your own flaws as a journalist? You left yourself looking po-faced and defensive. Stating that all blogs consist of material that isn't good enough to be published in a newspaper is patently wrong, because not all newspapers are equal. Some would gladly publish the kind of garbage that comes out of the keyboard of a narrow-minded jerk. I admire your effort to stir things up (playing Devil's advocate can be fun and satisfying), but I'm dissapointed that the effort was so flat. "There are millions of writers out there, typing away on their keyboards, living for that glorious day of recognition when someone finally comments on their articles."

4:21 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...


Will you now be able to post real news that the MSM overlooks and ignores?

...just curious.

4:47 AM  
Blogger biggaysam said...

Daniel - that would be a no.

He can't afford to piss off his bosses so he follows the herd.

Me thinks I heard the lowing of journalistic cattle.

Once again you prove how main stream media cannot be trusted or expected to write about things that actually matter.

So soon after Katrina and the day of remembrance for 9/11 and this is the best you conjure?

I'll stick to blogs. At least I know honesty won't be sacrificed for job security.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Greywulf said...

Mikey, it's good to have you on board. Personally, I'm pleased you've joined in.

Of course you're going to get flamed, be mis-interpreted and slated all over the place.

That's a part of the fun :)

Welcome, friend.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hi Mike,

A few words of advice not really connected to the whole "Bulldog Manifesto" story, even though I came over here from the "Bulldog's" site.

Now that you are blogging, everything that you put into your blog will eventually get picked up by its owner

This is a good thing because Google thinks highly of blogs. Once you are in Google's search engine, you'll be picked up by Yahoo and the rest. Pretty soon you'll get visitors based on search engine search results once you get enough content.

If you put enough posts in your blog on a frequent enough basis, your page might even develop a decent page rank (which is Google's way of ranking how important a site is to the internet). Page rank increases the item's position in search engine results.

For fun, add a invisible webcounter to keep track of your stats. Once you get indexed, you'll start getting visits from search engine results. Get a webcounter that can keep track of search engine keywords to see what searches produce visits.

Just keep adding a post or two every day to keep Google's, Yahoo's and all the other spiders visiting to get new content.

Also, check out the pinging services, such as or that alert various blog search engines that you've added new content.

For content ideas, check out They seem to keep a good eye on the pulse of the blogosphere.

BTW, don't forget to activate the "word verification" function offered by Blogger to prevent comment spam by non-humans.

Deliberate Chaos

12:53 PM  
Blogger Martian Anthropologist said...

You're going to blog now? But gosh, if it's not good enough for print...

Never mind that we're in the 21st century, of course, and that the internet reaches far more people than a local newspaper.

If you don't get paid for it, are you still a writer? Or does good writing have value regardless?

8:11 PM  
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6:57 AM  

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