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.