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Okay, If It’s War They Want…

Hi Blokesters. I’m still here.

So far so good. The computer feels solid but I’m not holding my breath. I know that I need to get a new system as soon as possible because this one could die on me at a moment’s notice. First off, let me say thank you to everyone who has sent me their best wishes. It never seems to end for me. Health problems, hardware problems, my car was stolen and destroyed … and with a long winter now looming ahead. I look forward to putting 2007 behind me.

I’m going to follow your advice and take a little time off from blogging and get rid of this headache from all the stress and recent events.

Over the years I have freely contributed thousands of hours of my time for the betterment of my fellow bloggers. I have never asked for anything in return except that I receive a level of respect that I believe I have earned.

It never ceases to amaze me how mean spirited the so-called problogger crowd can be with their nasty comments and messages — many being sent “anonymous” of course.

Unlike others, I have never resorted to name calling or other deviant behaviour just because we might happen to disagree. The only thing that I can be accused of is occasionally using satire humour to make my point. But I have never, ever stooped as low as some of my detractors have.

If it sounds like I’m pissed off — you’re absolutely right, and it’s brought out the Irish in me. So it’s time to duck pro-bloggers and you’ve been warned.

I’m planning a new series of articles that will take the pro-blogger gang (hereinafter referred to as the phonies) head on over several issues, some of which I have already raised as well as matters of conflicts of interest etc. These issues affect all of us bloggers. You have a right to know and I promise you it will be enlightening as well as entertaining.

If the phonies don’t happen to like it then all I can say is tough nuggies and get over it. OR if they want a fight then BRING IT ON, but be advised this blog will not allow anonymous trolls who can’t control their primitive urges and try to attack me personally. They will be terminated forthwith with extreme prejudice. At least have the cahunas to show us your face or kindly bugger off.

Any phonies who have the courage to crawl out from beneath the cracks and take me on … be courteous and you will receive courtesy in return. Be a jerk and try to personalize this, the gloves will come off and I promise you it won’t be pretty.

I’m looking forward to it.

P.s.: I have to apologize because I’ve had to turn on comments moderation. I know, I hate it too. But it seems that I have no choice under the circumstances. When you’re under siege like I am sometimes you have no choice but to declare martial law. ;-)


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  1. They’re just jealous. Don’t let it ruffle your feathers and keep doing what you’ve always done well.
    Please do find a balance between your computer life and your family life. AND don’t forgot to take care of YOU!
    A Tico friend always reminds me -
    “You’re number ONE”.

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  2. Thanks Tica. It’s bloggers like you who keep me going. Otherwise it just wouldn’t be worth the aggravation. I have to be true to myself and my principles, and if I can’t then I’m outta here.

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  3. I’m kind of getting here in the middle of the conversation…just started blogging, and more than a few people told me to first check out your blog.

    What I’ve read and seen so far is awesome, and now I’ll go back and read some more to try to understand why other people are hassling you.

    My own blog is a bit primitive right now, but I have to admit, you are extremely inspiring. Cheers!

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  4. Wow! Thank you so much Dennis. That is very kind of you to say so. It’s comments like yours that keep me going.

    It’s always a pleasure to meet new readers and welcome to the blogosphere!

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  5. Yeah, Bloke. You need to listen more to people like Dennis and me. I’ll tell you this…. Almost every tip I’ve ever employed to make my blog a little simpler for my readers to navigate has come from you. I’ve found other blogs on blogging that try to explain techniques, but I can never understand them. Then I come over here, search for the tip I need, find it and understand it immediately. That kind of instruction is priceless for us newbies. Do NOT stop doing what you’re doing, and how you’re doing it. Everyone else can just take a flying leap.

    [RANT OFF]

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  6. Gosh Kathy, after reading your comment I had to fight back a tear or two. I have to tell you honestly that I’ve been seriously considering packing it in.

    Sometimes it can be very hard when it feels like I’m the only one on the front lines. Blogging is my passion. Next to my family and being an advocate for underprivileged people in my past life, blogging is everything to me.

    Unlike the pro-blogger crowd I don’t make money doing this. It comes from my heart, my love of technology and helping others along the way.

    If there is anything that you want to know that I haven’t already written about don’t hesitate to ask. And thank you so much for backing me up. It means more than I can say.

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  7. BB…instead of “packing it in,” have you considered allowing Guest Posts? You know, letting a limited number of people you trust — and whose blogging skills are up to the task — have a go at this while you chill temporarily.

    If this is already covered somewhere in this vast sea of content, I apologize. I’m still reading. I’m still trying to figure out how to link to people and what terms like “trackback” mean.


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  8. Listen to Kathy, Blog Bloke! And please don’t think about packing in this blog!

    I love to read the blogs of those who are passionate in their field as you so obviously are. When bloggers are able to write from the heart, their posts become a pleasure to read. As you have mentioned so many times before, when you write good content, your readers will find you (and above all, stick by you!)

    You write for the pure bloggers: those who love to write, experiment and blog. This is the quality your subscribers love about you, not because you pertain to inform them how to make money online. And if you do need to take a break, to recover from illness, gather your thoughts, or simply to regenerate, we’ll still be loyal readers when you return.

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  9. I haven’t commented in a while ’cause I’ve a midterm tomorrow and then I’ve two more on Tuesday !

    I’ve come a long way certianly from a person website in 1998 to online diary in 2003 and now blogging - who knows what’s next !

    Bloke you’re one of the coolest dudes I’ve met online.
    Don’t stop what you love to do and O yea - do stop for your family they need you too !

    Hopefully I’d save enough money and head out west for a week or so in the summer.

    When it comes to online friends I’ve only met ManiacMuslim in person - coincidence actually since we both go to McMaster - Now he’s the best pal to hang around campus.

    You could be next !

    Ok back to the books ! YAWN !

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  10. Bloke — It’s really not an option for you to pack it in because we all need you. See, I call myself a computing support person, but this blogging gig is completely different than anything I’ve done before, and I admit I need the help. Yours is the only place I can get that, in terms I can understand and USE. You have this incredible talent for explaining things without all the jargon, and you don’t assume people are coming in with any base knowledge. That sort of thing is priceless. In fact, none of my computing colleagues know anything about blogging, and with your tips in my back pocket, I’m becoming somewhat of an expert for others who are thinking of doing it. So the information you share with me gets passed on to countless others. You would have no way of knowing that, but know it now.

    Don’t go anywhere. You’re critical to my success. Especially because I’m real close to switching to my own domain and host. I’m going to need you.

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  11. Kathy, it’s flattering to be needed but I know that my family needs me too. I’ve neglected them too much for the sake of blogging and it’s not fair to them.

    When I sit at the keyboard the computer literally takes over and before I know it 20 hours have gone by in a blink. I never rest on my laurels and I’m constantly challenging and stretching myself to learn new things that I can pass on to my readers.

    That is why sometimes I get so irritated with the pro-blogger crowd. They become popular through marketing tricks but they really don’t know all that much about blogging. They cheat and don’t play by the rules, stealing content from bloggers such myself and never giving credit where it’s due. They create their little cliques and when I expose them for what they really are they gang up on me.

    It can be very frustrating having to deal with them especially when it seems like I’m all alone here. I’m already weak from illness and having to deal with their nonsense can really take a lot out of me.

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  12. Dennis, that’s a great idea and I have two members who are already on Team Bloke, and a couple of more invitations along the way. But it’s up to them if they are available to step up to the plate.

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  13. Hey Jaffer, y’all come on over here right now. Ya hear :)

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  14. Hi Amanda. You are one of the newest around these parts and yet you are already a highly valued member with your knowledgeable comments. Thanks for cheering me up and don’t forget about that I offer I sent you.

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  15. Oooo ! A possible new Team bloke member ! Hi Amanda !

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  16. excellent!

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