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Tootin’ Horns All Over the Blogosphere

Howdy, all. I just wanted to leave you a short note to alert you to an announcement recently made by The Weblog Review.

(Yes, those are the same people who recently reviewed this site, and — in an unrelated transaction — gave me a $20 Amazon gift certificate. And no, I’m not on their ‘payroll’ now, and I’m not just kissing their collective ass. No, really — did you see the review? Trust me, I’m on the level here.)

Anyway, it’s been a long time in coming, but TWR has (finally) decided to give their ‘user rating’ system a fresh start, and (attempt to) limit users to one vote apiece. The previous system allowed one vote per IP address, which led to all manner of abuse and snarkiness by… oh, just for instance, AOL users, who get a new address every time they log in.

(Okay, there were other asstards out there, too, I’m sure, but AOHell is an easy, and in this case appropriate, target. Buncha toothless morons, plus legions of old people, on there… and probably some toothless old morons, as well — trust me, no good can come from that!

Well, except me voting myself high up the list by logging onto my parents’ computer a couple of times a day over the break, of course. On the other hand, every time I’d do that, some boob(s) would immediately swoop in and slap a half-dozen ‘0’ votes on me, and I’d be back where I was. It was quite an amusing little diversion over the holiday, I have to admit. Amusing, and very, very annoying.)

So, now TWR is asking people to log in before voting, and they’ve reset all those zeroes that people had accumulated back to… well, to zero, actually. But now it’s just one zero across the board, for every blog. And maybe — until those script weenies figure out how they’re going to abuse this system — we’ll get a true representation of what people really think of blogs for a while.

And, of course, I want to know what you really think about this blog, so I’m going to provide you with a handy link to my review. If you’ve got a Weblog Review password, just log in and leave a vote, and you’re all set. If not, you can easily create an account (and sign up for a review of your own, if you like) — it’s fast, easy, and best of all, ‘it don’t cost nothing’. Give it a whirl, if only for shits and giggles.

(But actually only giggles, I hope. That’s just nasty.)

While we’re at it, I think I’ll also take this opportunity to pimp for some friends of mine — I’ve taken a stroll through the review archives, and found that there are several people on one of my blogrolls who also have reviews. So if you’ve got an extra minute or ten, check these sites out, and give them a rating, too. To me, they’re all fives, but let ’em know what you think, too.

(Um, by the way, the rating system used by The Weblog Review only goes to five. So don’t think that I was implying that the blogs that follow are merely mediocre, as in ‘5 out of 10′. Far from it. These are the superstars of the blogging world, folks. And if you don’t believe me, then check ’em out for yourself. Hey, any hit’s a good hit, right?)

I, Asshole

J’s Notes


Life’s Like This


Riri’s Brain Dump

The Joy of Soup

The Mighty Geek

TJ Hanton (the 12th review ever!)

Where the Hell Was I? (me again, in case you forgot!)

Sweet. And what the hell — while we’re at it, I’ll also remind all of you that the 2004 Bloggies are under way. Go vote for a bunch of people there, too. Just don’t forget who sent ya.

(Unless somebody else sent you first, of course. In that case, do forget who sent you, and just remember that I told you, too. In this case, you want to remember the last person who told you, not the first.

Unless I’m not the last, either… though if someone else told you about the Bloggies in the time it’s taken you to read these last four sentences, then you’re leading a far, far too fast-paced life. Slow down, take it easy. Stop and smell the roses.

And, above all else, remember the next-to-last person who sent you, ’cause that would be me.

Unless it isn’t. In which case, just remember me. That’s probably simplest — there’s no easy way to screw that up. Remember me. Now, go check out the Bloggies, and vote for whoever you happen to be thinking of. I’m sure whoever it is would be most grateful.

At least, you know, I would be. If it were me, of course. And by now, it’d better be, buster!)

Okay, that’s just about enough pimping for one day, I think.

(Unless you’re on my blogroll and have a review, and I missed you; in that case, just lemme know, and I’ll be more than happy to add you to the pimpitatiousness. My bad.)

I’ll be back later with more crunchy goodness! Do try and keep yourselves busy until then, okay?

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8 Responses to “Tootin’ Horns All Over the Blogosphere”

  1. Riri says:

    Thanks Charlie! It’s very much appreciated. Let me find a hack and I’ll send you up to the top! Hehe!

  2. Riri says:

    … but I don’t think you’ll need my hack, you’re too good. Keep smiling!

  3. tj says:

    you got a 5 from me … cause you DA man.

  4. Miss Lyndsay says:

    Congrats! xoxoxoxox

  5. Jim Dandy says:

    Did it cross your mind that voting yourself 5 and whoring out votes to get on top of the readers list encourages people to vote 0 for you because your blog does not deserve to be on top of the list? I will encourage people to log in and vote 0 for you purely as a result of reading this entry.

    You suck.


    your local toothless old AOL user.

    you will probably delete this comment because your ego is too big to handle criticism.

  6. Charlie says:

    Sweet! My first real critic!

    Man, you haven’t arrived until toothless old AOL users (who don’t have the balls to leave their real email or web site address) start coming out of the woodwork to dis your stuff.

    *sniff* My baby’s all grown up! It’s my special blog!

    And for the record — though I don’t expect ‘Jim Candy’ to show up here again — I’ll say this: I’m interested in getting and keeping readers. Any sort of free, easy, legal and above-board marketing I can do, I’ll do. And I’ll do it for my friends — I voted 5’s for several of the other sites I mentioned in my post, because I think they have great sites.

    And I voted myself a 5 because I’m proud of what I’ve got here. If widdle Jimmy doesn’t like it, widdle Jimmy can read someone else’s drivel. I’m certainly happy with that arrangement.

    Oh, and PS: ‘you suck’ isn’t criticism, dude. It’s just being snarky. And next time, show a little creativity — apparently, people have already been voting 0’s for me for weeks. Tsk.

  7. shelley says:

    I love how these little asstards never leave a legit e-mail address. Stand up and be counted, Mr. Dandy. Be proud of your snark … or just shut the f*ck up. (And I will not be including my real e-mail or homepage here ’cause I don’t want him to be mean to me, too. And yes, I know I’m a big baby.)

  8. Lisa says:

    I don’t mind being snarky when I shout, “Jim Pansy SUCKS!!!!!” -but, all childishness aside, I went and voted -you get a Five!!!! I tried to convince them that some blogs are so good that they should be allowed to exceed the rating limit -like say… 10, but they were unmoved by my testimony. Anyways, good luck for taking the January award!!!!!!!!!

    Just me-Lisa

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