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Posted on 01/11/2010 7:00:31 PM PST by Jihadi Du Jour
"bandwidththief; bloggymcblogger; blogpimp; blogselfpromo; blogspam; checkoutmyblog; comeseemyblog; didjareadmyblog; ihaveablog; iminteresting; listentome; lookatme; payattentiontome; pimpmyblog; readme; readmyblog; readmyramblings; trollingforhits" ? NO HARM NO FOUL NO FREEPERHATE.
This is probably one of the most inane threads ever posted at FR.
You misspelled “insane.”
Why So Vanity?
You get no points for originality. No points for anything, really.
This is almost as insightful as the other one this weekend where somebody was asking for Larry to email them.
This is your brain.
This is your brain on mind-altering chemicals.
I was in the shower.
Sorry if it offends your sensibilities. :)
Get off the web you big dope!
It’s like an unfunny punchline to an unfunny joke without the set up.
lol! now thats original.
Do keep “vanity” posts to a minimum - Free Republic is primarily a place to discuss news, articles, and editorials. Vanity posts, creations of the poster him or herself, should meet a high standard of quality before one is even considered worthy of posting.
It looks to me like a growing population of freepers are expressing considerable annoyance with blog pimps.
I thought it was just me, but maybe the site mods will see that there are a lot of people who don’t think the site is well-served by people trolling for hits and adding no useful content.
At least, maybe more freepers will help the mods get blog posts pushed to the blogger forums.
And maybe the blog pimps will be restrained from attacking other freepers who think the site is for advancing the conservative cause, not making money on the internet.
But not nearly as good as the bi-polar sex poster.
If we feel we have something worth a thread of its own, we'll label the thread a vanity and have our say.
What we DON'T do is post 5 words, and then redirect eveyone AWAY from FR to go read some worthless blog. If we have something worth posting, we post it HERE and let others comment or criticize.
Some folks see FR as a place to flog their blogs, and nothing else.
Maybe that is why you get those keywords (and none of them were from me - if I have something to say, I say it).
And that's all I have to say on this...(excerpted. To read more, go to www.myworthlessblog.com)
Don’t forget the Furry. Now that was funny.
You missed it?
He wanted to ‘get something going’
“bi-polar sex poster”
I did not click the link. I was a skeered.
fun zot thread, though.
No one forces anyone to follow a link...and at this point it is not a term of use violation to link to an article (yours or not) so there is no reason be hateful about it, right?
True...but where you you draw the line between “vanity” post and real contribution to a subject or idea?
I searched his posting history, and he had a long thread last year in I think the religion forum about being bi-polar. He wrote a book about it.
I didn’t click the link either, but I had wished he had posted his thoughts directly to the thread.
IT was a perfect example of why I dislike blog pimps — I can feel safe reading here, but I don’t like clicking links to random blogs that might get me fired.
lol! that’s great!!! now we’re talking.
>> I thought it was just me, but maybe the site mods will see that there are a lot of people who dont think the site is well-served by [blog pimps]
Well, maybe it’s just *me*, but I have no problem with the so-called “blog pimps” PROVIDED THAT they keep their posts on the Bloggers/Personal threads. After all, that’s what it’s for. Free Republic (i.e. JimRob) decided to create that section, it’s his site, and that’s good enough for me.
There are five to ten of the bloggers that I like and that contribute something. The rest I just ignore. I find that I has the skillz to not visit stuff I don’t want to read with little effort on my part. It’s really not that hard.
I do agree somewhat with those who would like a preference option to keep from even seeing blogger threads — mainly because then the anti-blog-pimp types could be happy and shut up and go away. Whining about everything you don’t like about the format of the forum when you COULD just pull on the ol’ big boy/big girl panties and IGNORE what you don’t like wastes bandwidth, too. Not trying to piss anyone off, just pointing that out.
Thanks Larry...I had no idea what the vanity category was about...
I write an actual column for a local paper. I tried really hard to get the paper to give me written permission to post my entire articles to this site. They were always saying they were fine with it, but I couldn’t get a formal approval, which I believe I would need to get past the administrators.
And sure enough, at some point the newspaper changed online support companies, and all my old article links are dead.
Fortunately, in almost every case I re-wrote my articles into 300-word versions, so there was little missing if you couldn’t get to the paper’s web site.
I only post my columns here when I think they would be of interest, and I follow all the comments here and respond. I never ask anybody to go through, and even though I have a blog where I used to re-post my articles with comments, I NEVER posted the blog version of the column, because I thought the paper’s version was more useful.
If I ever posted a blog entry, I’d post it in full. I don’t blog for hits, I blog to get information out.
Mostly, I make long comments on things here, where everybody can read them — rather than what seems common among some bloggers. The ones who read something here, read the comments, and then go write an inane blog about it, stealing the links they find here, and then post back to the site as if they were “original”.
Which brings me to another point... when a thread about “call me larry” gets 252 replies, it’s pretty tough to believe arguments about how BLOGGERS need to go because they’re wasting our precious time and bandwidth...
... like we’re all addicted to Free Republic because we’re masters of personal time management. LOL!
People just don’t know how to filter, either through technical means or their own choices of what they click on.
Other than using abuse to let the mods know when blog articles showed up in news/activism, I haven’t really been vocal about the blog pimps.
However, when the subject was broached directly, I didn’t mind discussing it. It’s not really that I find the blog pimps annoying, it’s that they are so non-useful because it is ALWAYS better here if all the words are in the article, so the bloggers taking a less-useful approach, for the sole purpose of getting blog hits.
Unless someone can tell me another reason why it’s better for us to have to click through to a blog, rather than just reading the information here.
Of course, there’s a more pressing matter — a LOT of companies are blocking “social networking” web sites. It’s gotten to where I can’t really read any of the blogger entries, even if I wanted to. Posting here would be helpful.
Lastly, the market blogs are getting increasingly active, and almost always post as “news/activism”, when they are just guesswork commentary.
Plus we need to post enough of all news articles so that there is something to comment on without going to another website.
I hate it when someone posts even a NY Times article, but only posts the first paragraph, leaving out the meat of the article. Yes, I know most sources must be exerpted. But be smart about which 300 words you exerpt. There is no rule that people must exerpt the first words of an article.
And that's all I have to say on this...
Jerry: (to Kramer) I thought you stopped talking??
Kramer: ...All right ..Starting now......
I dont blog for hits, I blog to get information out.
“He wrote a book about it.’
Vanity publisher, no doubt!
Ha! LOL! I know I am!
Joseph, allow me to ask a few serious questions.
I assume you are Joseph Speranzella, SFO? (Whatever an SFO is).
A quick review of your posting history shows thread after thread started by you, all linking to a column you wrote somewhere.
I presume you think highly of your opinion. That’s fine, that puts you in good company.
Now, with this large body of work of yours.....what is your goal here in posting link after link? Do you seek to educate, or direct traffic?
I think the answer must be the latter. If indeed you seek to educate primarily, you could simply post your entire thesis on each thread and then stay around to defend it.
Whether you think we need to digest such a large number of theses is up to you. We can click on the thread, or just move along.
But I ask again, what is YOUR purpose?
You post a lot about religion and spiritual matters. Do you seek to inspire? Inform? Elevate?
If any of the above, why not post, instead of tease and redirect?
Is there something in the Great Commission that calls on Christians to go forth and excerpt the Good News, and redirect the listener to a version replete with ads for Miracle Whip or Heavenly Hash (the spiritual version of Google Words)?
If you are here to be part of the FR community, why not just be a part of it? Why USE FR for virtually exclusive commercial purposes?
I am NOT saying I want to read 100 vanities from you a day. I don’t. I’m just suggesting you try to contribute something helpful, and not just spam the boards.
It might make a difference.
FreeRepublic is a microcosm of the whole internet, which in turn is a significant part of what let’s call the “information universe”.
And there’s a fundamental problem you must grapple with when fishing for information. Anywhere — the library, the Internet, FreeRepublic.
Do you cast a wide net? Advantage: you catch more and miss less. Disadvantage: a LOT of what you catch is trash, and it’s time-consuming to filter. Also, casting a wide net implies a certain confidence in your abilities TO filter.
Or, do you go into a prottected cove and fish (with a necessarily smaller net)? (Metaphor for letting someone else do your prefiltering for you.) The advantages and disadvantages are swapped.
Neither philosophy is “good” or “bad”. They’re just different.
Me? In most situations I prefer the wide-net open-water approach, because I have confidence in my own research skills (honed over time), and because I distrust the motives of anyone who presumes to filter what I see.
This even extends to yadda yadda blogpimp commentary about the same old news articles — because, occasionally, a blogger presents a slightly different viewpoint that gets me thinking in a different, useful way.
Or, as you point out, the “market blog” guesswork commentary. Well, pal, I got news for you — even the “experts” disagree big-time about what we’re headed for economically speaking. ESPECIALLY in the market commentary I like to cast that wide net for new viewpoints — and at the same time I distrust ALL of it.
Your mileage may vary.
I link to my articles because they have more to offer in the way of spiritual direction and the Christian life than just the black and white forums of FR. You need not be insulting or facetious about something like The Great Commission. But if such sarcasm is your brand of humor...I accept that. I have been a member of FR community for some time now and I always link back to the discussion at the end of my articles.
So I really don't have an answer for you since you seem to be set that I'm trolling. It is in some ways a little of both. It does have a "soul" purpose but not the sole purpose of getting "hits"
Thanks for the tips.
I am a wide-net caster, which is why I just use the “all articles” feed and look over every one.
I also can read quickly, but I can’t read through a link without actually clicking the link. It slows me down, I get caught by filters, I lose the train of thought, and then in the comments you get a lot of people who comment only on what is excerpted.
Which means that we would ALL be better off if the entire content was posted here. Which, in the case of bloggers, is perfectly possible.
So, any blogger who doesn’t post their entire entry is inconveniencing the entire community of FreeRepublic. It’s not that they are posting, it’s that they are posting in an inconvenient way.
So, why are they doing this, and why should we all be happy about it?
The market blogs are an issue only to the degree that when there is an actual NEWS story about something that has happened, it can be very important. But when there is a hyperbolic headline suggesting something disastrous has just happened, and it’s in NEWS, but then it turns out it’s just someone’s fantasy blog post, it is like the boy crying wolf, you can’t ignore it but it makes it harder to find the real news.
Good questions, I would like to see a more thorough answer, why not just post them here, and let us read them here?
I got it figured out
I am not opposed to posting the articles in full here. I'm paying attention to this thread and the advice in it. I am however opposed to the hatefulness of people FR with regard to linking. As there is nothing wrong in doing so people should not be so quick to keyword ranting. Just my opinion.
Thank you. :)
sorry I just saw yours was a reply to 43...my bad.