Monday, May 09, 2011

The Best Buggy Whip Around

I read a post by Trooper York a few days ago and it resonated with me.

A little background.

Trooper York is a frequent (funny as hell) commenter at Ann Althouse's blog, which I read about every day. Trooper came here and dropped a few comments a few weeks back when Gerry had some fun with Althouse and her husband's coverage of the protests here in Madison - Althouse was a good sport with it and linked us from her place.

Ann Althouse is guest blogging at Instapundit, probably one of the blogging kings measured by pure hit count. She linked Trooper York's post from there and he got some traffic that day, like we got when Althouse linked us.

Does the above make any sense to you? No? That means that you are not one of the .000001% of people that actually follow blogs, their authors and the protocol. Because blogs are basically the best buggy whip around, compared to toooter and faceblink.

Here is what Trooper York had to say in his post:
When I mention blogs to most people they have no idea what I am talking about. Even big time blogs like Instapundit or Althouse or Ace of Spades are not on their radar. They have no idea what I am talking about. When we went to the Thai restaurant last night I was talking about it to all the people there and not one of them had ever heard of Instapundit let alone my little pop stand. I think people take themselves and their opinions way too seriously.

This, my friends, is abasolutely true.

About once a week I get an email from someone who wants to "go into business" with LITGM. I typically forward these to Carl for a good chuckle. Always offers of linking, back linking, and more link whoring and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - which is a fancy way of trying to get Google to pimp you more. It is all complete and utter bullshit.

I have theorized that if I wanted to start writing about crap like current events and spent 100% of my time link whoring and working SEO that I could scrape out somewhere between $40k and $60k per year sitting at my computer terminal with LITGM. But I don't want to sell my soul.

In the end, all of us bloggers and most blogs for that matter are pretty unimportant. It is all done for enjoyment, friendship, and to perhaps give something back to the internet that is worthwile. I predict the medium won't even be supported on the software end within a decade or so. So we will have fun while we can.

And all the pompous asses that think they are really hot shit because of their blog should go to a mall sometime and ask people wandering by what they think of their blog. ZERO of them will know what it is.


Gerry from Valpo said...

"When we went to the Thai restaurant last night I was talking about it to all the people there and not one of them had ever heard of Instapundit let alone my little pop stand."

Those Thai immigrants only understand words like moo-shoo pork, kimchee and me so horny.

Maybe York had too much to drink.

Dan from Madison said...

haha now that is funny - but isn't kimchee Korean?

Gerry from Valpo said...

Who cares? They all sound alike.

toooter and faceblink are simply blogs for those with A.D.D.

Dan from Madison said...

I agree, but I love facebook for the immensely stupid crap that I can put up there and have comments on as you know.

Gerry from Valpo said...

"I could scrape out somewhere between $40k and $60k per year sitting at my computer terminal with LITGM.'

You will do a lot better dabbling in day trading. Trust me.

Dan from Madison said...

Heh no doubt.

James R. Rummel said...

Good post, and so true!

Carl from Chicago said...

I think that blogs are kind of morphing into web sites. If I had to build a web site for a small business today I'd probably use wordpress. But web sites themselves are being reduced in importance. Nowadays lots of billboards and ads don't even put up a URL; they just have the facebook link.

But 100% agree on the relative importance of all this.

It is noise.

But that's why we don't take it so seriously and try to stay away from topics that draw trolls.

Trooper York said...

Hey guys thanks for talking about me. I am putting you on my blog roll and will catch up with you more often. Youse guys are pretty cool.

All the best,
Your pal Trooper York

Trooper York said...

By the way I love to torture the people in the Thai restuarant. They had one guy there who had the unfortunate name of Mr. Tse. He pronounced as Mr. T. I had him keep saying "I pity the fool" until he got it just right.

The other patrons (hipster douches) were freaking out.

Trooper York said...

But they make the best Phad Thai and spring rolls in NYC. Just sayn'

Trooper York said...

You should only blog for your own amusement and edification. Don't expect too much from it and you won't get dissappointed.

Dan from Madison said...

that is good comedy Trooper. A good Thai restaurant is worth its weight in gold.

Gerry from Valpo said...

Funny shit.

Before we know it Meade is gonna show up and link us to some midget law professor porn.

Oh, the humanity : )