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Well folks I have a doozy for you today. The main point is about commenting and the things that we are trained to do as bloggers that get ignored by some. One of the first things I learned when I started blogging was to encourage conversation in the comments. And to always respond to comments. And to not argue in the comments which I always took to mean flat out arguing as well as name calling and profanity laden libel.
(Again with the pictures that have no bearing on the post whatsoever. I dunno why it came up but it was a fish so I used it.)
Wednesday the 20th, here on the Coots site we had a great bump in traffic. There seemed to be a couple of reasons for this that I could pinpoint right away. First there were incoming links from some search engine stuff about classic cars and repair.
If you go back to Ralph’s post, Bob and I both commented about car repair in response to Ralph’s handyman service and amateur plumbing. I thought that this must be a decent spike and began to craft a post about cars and repair and how they want you to go to the dealer for the repairs. That post is still coming, I have some things to say about that.
But for today, back to commenting. Bob sent me an email later talking about what he thought was the issue. From Bob’s email:
Stirred some **** at a pioneer woman hater site (did you know there is a whole
damn cottage industry around hating Ree Drummond?) and logged in as
Bob@JuicyMaters. Well, after quite a bit of fun, some of the wimmin
there tracked me back to JM and found the link to COC. When they
went back to the hater site they spread the word that I wrote at COC
too…and today’s stats are the result. My stats yesterday were
double my second best ever day (I did have one post go semi-viral last
year…I don’t count it).
It’s probably over. A new post is up over there this afternoon and
all of yesterday’s **** is off the landing page and won’t get as much
attention…LOL. (the edits are mine)
I went back and read all of the comments from this site that I am not going to give a link to. I was surprised to see the backlash against Bob and the only male perspective on this whole post. Screw it here is the link: http://www.thepioneerwomansux.com/2011/04/monetizing-the-hate/. They really attacked him and anything that they could find out from Google about him.
Now, I am standing up for my friend Bob and his place on this site. That said, I will argue with Bob any day of the week of I don’t think he is right. He will do the same. But he will at least entertain your argument (read it, take it out for drinks and try to make it his) and then agree or stick with his point. Therein lies the problem. Bob has opinions. Bob is knowledgeable. Bob knows what he wants and more or less how to get there. He has the detail map to Hell in his back pocket. and he will share that opinion. Argue if you must, but be prepared to be at least intelligent about it.
When the owner of the blog comes back with a profanity laden tirade against Bob and his opinions, and then blocks him from her site! So many things that are just not “right” in the bloggers code. And her cronies start in on little nit picking crap that doesn’t make a difference, but makes them feel like they got the upper hand. Good for them, all of the “Yes Men and Women” are in line and ready to kiss the ass of the moderator, and the lone dissenter is exiled to the blogosphere…..
I probably would have let all of this go but then they started in on Cantankerous Old Coots. Through the magic of Google, the following stream ensued:
What is this? Attacking my blog just for 1 lousy article that Bob wrote while all drugged up on meds in the hospital? (the post is not lousy Bob, I got a kick out of it.) They read one article and scanned a sidebar it seems and now are experts on this site. And they have the nerve to complain that this site is not a new concept when the site they came from is nothing but a rip on site of something more popular?
At least we got a link to our site, which will probably be removed when this post hits.
Well I will tell you one thing, There will never be any argument like that on any of my sites. I will debate people until I am blue in the face, but I am not going to start slandering them in my responses. I am not going to block them unless they become a spam problem. We are all in this blog community together right?? Maybe we should figure out how to act like we are.
Responses are open below, what do you think about all of this?