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To: humblegunner; DJ MacWoW; FourPeas

I suppose I am something of a lurker of comments about the things I post. I do read everything that everybody says about what I write. Sometimes I join in the discussion. Most times, since the writing is something I do when I happen to have the time, I do not have the time to get into an animated discussion here about it.

I can understand being viewed as a pimp for my own blog, and I guess I’ll live with that, since, well, I’d like people to see it.

I find that it’s pretty self-regulating on FR whether or not I get any hits from the general community. If I write something interesting, it gets hits. If, like this one, it’s largely just an excerpt or a video I came across, I get hardly any, though oftentimes on humor videos, they’ll draw a lot of attention.

Hopefully I bring something substantive here from time to time. If I don’t, I am willing to read and absorb the abuse for not contributing up to what is considered to be the general level of acceptability.


20 posted on 05/11/2011 9:54:28 AM PDT by aic4ever
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To: aic4ever
You might want to check out what the owner of Free Republic, Mr Jim Robinson, has to say about blog pimping: [emphasis mine]

Believe it or not, once upon a time vanities were frowned upon by our participants. FR’s original format was established to not only fight for liberty and against government abuse/corruption, etc, but to criticize the liberally biased mainstream media. Therefore our original format was to post from valid NEWS sources and government reports, etc, and to tear them down where deserved. Vanity posters were shunned (unless they were very good).

Then a few years ago the blogger craze started. At first, most of them were treated simply as vanities and were pulled or zotted on sight. Eventually some were accepted as valid material on FR. And soon the blogger wars commenced. To allow blogs or not to allow blogs was the question. Can’t go blanket either way. Like it or not, some blogs are better than most others.

So, long story short, we created a special forum for blog posts. This was in lieu of simply deleting all blog posts. The theory was that as long as they were posted in the bloggers forum, those who didn’t wish to read them could simply click on the “news” forum and they wouldn’t see them. But, of course, as some blogs are definitely better than most others and some are much better than your typical mainstream news sources, we soon allowed certain blogs to be posted regularly to the news section.

This all worked more or less to a certain degree without too much friction until the non-commenting, short-excerpting, long-complaining blog pimp was born.

I have no complaint if a good conservative blogger posts his own material to FR, not as an excerpt to drive hits and discussion back to his blog, but rather to impart useful information to OUR readers and to promote and join in on the discussion and conservative activism HERE on FR.

If a blogger can’t or refuses do that, and if he constantly complains or fights with our participants over it, then I’d just as soon he doesn’t post here. It’s not my job to make his content or his presentation or cooperation acceptable to our readers. That’s his job. And if he cannot do it or refuses to do it and continues posting brief excerpts only and obviously attempting to draw away our participants while loudly complaining about it, then I have no sympathy for his complaints and the more apt I am to ban his account and blog.

Furthermore, I’m not big on “rules.” You won’t see me posting rules for bloggers. The rules for bloggers on FR are the same as the rules for everyone else. If you are a good conservative activist and are willing to work with US on OUR goals and causes and not against US, then you’re welcome to post to FR. But unless we say otherwise your blog material should be posted to our bloggers forum and it would be best if you do not excerpt your own material and if you would actually join in on the discussion here on FR. We’re not really that interested in driving OUR traffic to YOUR blog. But if our readers see that you post useful information then they might start reading your site and that’s fine by me.

21 posted on 05/11/2011 10:26:42 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: aic4ever
I bring something substantive here from time to time.

If you actually want to do that, then bring it here, not just a link to see what fish you catch.

22 posted on 05/11/2011 10:27:24 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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