Rivrdog has problems with my public re-linking of Gut Rumbles.
No offense intended here ma'am, but what is the big deal about linking or de-linking? Blogging is simply the public expression of personal thought. If you find something that offends you, stop reading it and don't refer to it. Conversely, if you find something that you like, you can say so and or link to it.I explained about linking and de-linking in the first paragraph of the post. You claim to have read it and re-read it, so I’ll only re-iterate this: Acidman is a special case (no pun intended).
You have no clue how much Rob and I have communicated before or after this incident; no clue as to how close (in on-line terms) we had become. You might have considered this, before you made your hasty judgment. My ego is large, but not so large that I don't consider that there may be factors in a situation that I don't know about.
The blogroll of a blog is not controlled by some pompous government regulation.Really? Thanks for informing me of that. I had no idea that this wasn’t the case. /sarcasm
If you update your blogroll by adding to it or deleting from it, that is likewise a personal decision.Alright. Since it’s obvious that you actually ignored this part, I’ll repeat it just for you. (It is really all about you, isn’t it?)
Generally, I don’t make a big to-do about linking or de-linking to a blog. If a blogger has a nice body of work, I’ll simply add it to the blogroll. Conversely, if a blogger hasn’t posted in a while, states his/her intent to quit blogging or the blog manifestly no longer exists, I’ll simply de-link the blog without comment (with one or two exceptions). I’ve only de-linked one blogger for cause.[SNIP]
So I quietly de-linked him and we handled our business in private. I hate unnecessary drama.Rivrdog continues:
In evaluating the worth of a blog, I look to content only. Content is composed of the elements of creative concepts and writing proficiency.That’s a fine standard to uphold. I try to use it as well. However, this situation had nothing to do with any of that. This was, and I repeat, a special case.
I view with suspicion any blogger who would make any kind of fuss, positive or negative, about linking or delinking another blog.As do I, which is why I said nothing publicly during the mass de-linking. In this special case, however, I felt that, since Rob was so widely de-linked in public, that he should get the same for a re-linking, which goes against my usual policy, as I said in the first sentence of the first paragraph of the post in question.
That smacks of ego projection, which is NOT an essential element of writing.It does if one ignores the special case elements of this situation, as you have done.
Rivrdog makes another attempt to show me the error of my ways.
I'm afraid you didn't get MY point, which was that decisions on linkng or delinking have zero to do with the content of one's blog, are simply housekeeping, and shouldn't require any discussion.Since I agreed with this—spelled it out at the beginning of the post in question that I don’t normally make that decision in public, then implied there and spelled out here that this is a special case--what’s your point? Since I never said or implied that decisions involving linking or de-linking to a blog had anything to do with the quality or content of my blog, what’s your point?
Shakespeare said it best: Methinks you protesteth too much? (or similar).Protesting what? Okay, I suck as a writer, my content stinks and my ego is too much for my readers to take. Any blog-reader would spend his/her on-line time better elsewhere.
Is that enough humility (hah!) for you, Rivrdog?
I’ve never claimed to be a great writer. I post, others read and make their judgment, one way or the other. If they like, I’m gratified. If not, I assume that most of them are intelligent enough to find the “door.”
If you’re trying to say that you don’t like my writing, just be direct about it. As you so sardonically pointed out, there’s no government regulation which directs you to read this blog.
I have a large ego, but not one so overblown that I would write to a blogger—either in public or private—telling him/her that I am suspicious of something he/she wrote. I am humble enough to suspect that he/she wouldn’t give a rat’s behind and would deserve it if he/she called me out in public, if I kept pushing it and kept ignoring the special case elements that went against the SOP of the blog in question. Under normal circumstances—unlike in this special case--if I don't like a blog, I simply don't read it or link to it. To repeat to some who cannot read and needs it constantly drilled into their heads, this is a special case.
Take the last line of your last comment and turn it around on yourself, sir. On the large ego score, I rate high; however, I defer to you.