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Open Discussion Night Because I Will Be Busy Playing With Power Tools

Well, it's the end of the work day here at the office, which means the start of the work day at the new house. We've documented every single step with photos, which I will subject you to at some point. I'm hoping that by the time I get home, the office tile has been grouted, dried and the furniture put in place. I'm hoping that the oil burner guy came and left and I now have hot water. I'm hoping the phone is finally turned on. And I'm hoping that some magic little faeries came and unpacked all 176 boxes and put all my stuff away and sanded the living room walls so I can just sit on the couch with my feet up alternately looking at samples of bathroom tile and crying over my checkbook. Probably no blogging tonight; even if the office is good to go and the modem is glowing happy-green, there's too much to do and by the time I'm done doing the too much to do, it will be time to collapse into bed. However, here are some things I meant to write about today, but didn't have the time to. So, open comments time for these subject. Have at any or all of them: 1. Lots of stuff going on today about women in the blogosphere. Are females underrepresented? Has Wonkette become the media's official spokesperson for the female portion of the blogosphere? Are we destined to just be cute and adorable playthings? Or is the whole idea of sexism in blogs just a manufactured tale thought up by people who just aren't making the time to find blogs that aren't already on their small links list? 2. Has ASV jumped the shark? Stats are way down. My rankings on all the big boards have sunk below sea level. Comments are way down. Is this what happens when you take a mere three day break or have I just been making a giant sucking sound since for the past month or so? It's ok, you can be honest. I know a sucking sound when I hear it. 3. China gives me the creeps. 4. Crazy shit about Chalabi, eh? 5. Yankees are in first. All yours.

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2. When you're on a mini-hiatus people probably come here once a day instead of twice. As for the rankings, bloggers can't link to posts that aren't there.

3. China the country, or china the stuff you throw at Ted Rall?

5. Every time you point out that the Yankees are in first, they lose the lead the next day to the Sox. Keep doing it!

1. Too many blogs exist for me to even guess. You are the only female blogger that I read all the time, though. Wonkette gets traffic because people asume that she looks like her cute graphic, and she talks about ass-fucking all the time.

2. ASV has not jumped the shark.

3. Anything can give one the creeps if examined closely enough. China certainly bears watching, though.

4. Yep, crazy shit.

5. I don't watch baseball. Women's volleyball or weird shit like Lumberjacking is about all I watch for sports. Or skateboarding.

6. Ray Bradbury: "Michael Moore is an asshole". Go Ray! The man has never let me down. I am very jealous of my friend Bob, who met Ray in a bar and had a beer with him.

I still visit. I'll trade you site stats any day.

As far as women bloggers go, I can't help. I can't understand my wife, let alone other women. Throw a TCP connection and a browser between us and I've less of a clue than one would think.

You know, I was talking to someone about television series and when they jumped the shark. They came to Happy Days and, God as my witness, they actually said "Happy Days jumped the shark when Mork showed up."

I slapped them.

HAPPY DAYS JUMPED THE SHARK WHEN FONZIE JUMPED OVER THE SHARK TANK, YOU IDIOT! THAT'S WHERE THE TERM COMES FROM!

sigh

2. Has ASV jumped the shark?

Hell no. Something else has started in many areas around the country - summer vacation. The weather keeps people away from the blogs on the weekends. I know it does for me.

Hey, if missing a day or two or three because the duties of life away from
the keyboard is what breaks a blog, then I'm a goner...

Actually, I'd be gald to pick up ahlf of what you might have lost...

This is still good stuff. I'm here every day if I'm on the computer at all...

I'm still checking at least twice a day (if not more when I'm bored at work) to see what's up over here at ASV...and still finding you a good read...

Shark. Not. Jumped.

Keep up the good work.

I read you, Serenity, and Sarah every day. Allah is the only one who has more of my loyalty than you three (Tim at CPT Patti, maybe). Even LGF and Vox Day fall way behind you.

But I only check you a couple of times each day, to catch up.

Keep up with what you can. We love you.

Jay's got a point - it would be interesting to check your stats against this time last year and see if there was any appreciable drop at that point as well.

I like China. Melmac is what always gave me the creeps. My mom replaced the dinnerware set she got, piece by piece, in boxes of Duz detergent (white with yellow roses) with an indestructible set of Melmac (also known as melamine) - 70's avocado green bowls; the plates had a green/gold stylized border, reminiscent of a Howard Johnson's restaurant motif.

Wonkette who?

Anyone can paint any picture they like of any group that they define. Everyone does. But very few of them (okay, let's be honest: us) bother with the complete truth on any issue. Therefore...

...who's Wonkette again?

1. Wonkettonienne-style bimbloggers are not evidence of sexism among bloggers, but of the fact that female bloggers have two ways of attracting the attention of males. One way is to write stuff that is inherently interesting, thereby making the sex of the author irrelevant. The other is to be a bimblogger. Male bloggers, by contrast, have only the former option.

2, 5. As more people use aggregators, hit counts may drop even though the number of people actually reading goes up. I almost never access the site directly, unless I want to read a specific long entry or post a comment. And that happened more often when I could trash talk about the Angels having a better record than the Yanks. Now, with 90% of our team in the hospital, there's not much left to trash-comment about.

6. Roger Clemens is 8 - 0 with a 2.27 ERA...

1. At the dawn of blogilization (late 01-early 02), the leading blogs were overwhelmingly white, male, bespectacled, between 30 and 50, pro-war, centrist/libertarian on domestic issues, and dominated by academics and professional writers, especially those with ties to the New Republic (Reynolds, Sullivan, Lileks, Kaus, Volokh, Marshall, Goldberg, den Beste, C. Johnson . . . each of them hits several if not all of these points). The image stuck, and those guys ascended to a sort of firmament.

While people have to be pretty dim to ignore the likes of ASV, McArdle, and Yourish, Wonkette is indeed one of the few female bloggers who has the paid position, journalistic background, etc. to get instant credibility with the media - other female bloggers tend to be civilians, as it were, rather than journalists or academics (Jeralyn Merritt may be something of an exception, as a sometime TV pundit).

2. Yeah, it's the combination of summer arriving and a lack of posts - most of the traffic and link metrics are very fluid, esp. the link ones that rely on blogrolling tools that pop you up when you have fresh posts.

Jay's hit the nail on the head I think. I wonder, do any of the counter services report overall numbers or total web traffic daily? I bet they're dropping with good weather outside, holiday weekends, and the start of vacations. I know visits to my site are down, but dropping from 8 per day to 5 per day may not be statistically significant.

Summer vacation- people are busy with the kids and the wind up of school activities.
I, though, am retired, female, 67 and completely addicted to reading blogs. Yours is on the list. I use an aggregator and have turned my niece in Scotland on to the things. She really doesn't have the time but we think alike.
Now, for the thinking part. I was totally surprised to see what a small percentile I fell into the the recent survey of bloggers. Female- very low percent, my age, arrgh 1%, so being female and aged that must make me have a very high IQ to to sit here and read these things day after day. Or maybe that's low percentile and low IQ .

this what happens when you take a mere three day break or have I just been making a giant sucking sound since for the past month or so?

Yes to the first, no to the second.

I don't have your traffic, obviously, but the fastest way to kill my stats is to take time off. People want updates. The more "spoiled" (for lack of a better term) your readers get about receiving frequent updates--and your readers are probably more spoiled than most because, hoo boy, can you ever be prolific when you want to be--the more fickle some of them are when the frequency of posting slows down.

But suckage? I'm not seeing any suckage roun' heah.

Jumped the Shark...hmmmmmmm let's go over the rules:

Added character/new kid/special guest - well you had a guest blogger for a few days but I don't think that counts.

Wedding/Baby birth - nope

You moved but that was in real life.

Good lord....Did I miss Ted McGinley showing up?

So, Instapundit cites some bitching about the status of women political bloggers and the LA Times does a Calendar section on Anna Marie Cox, aka: Wonkette. Turns out that having a potty mouth and being nobly breasted means more hits. Go figure.

In 2001 a womens magazine ran a feature on a capitol hill intern. In the article she talked about sleeping with guys because they knew Tom Delay or as one aide to a senator told her he "had control over hundreds of millions in the budget."

Anyway this "little slut" as the women in my office called her, made every woman on capitol look like a cheap slut trying to get a congressman. And yes this was after Chandra Levy.

My point is this, Womkette is now doing the same thing for female bloggers. And by the way would anyone know of wonkette if Nick Denton was not pulling all the strings?

Go guys in pin stripes!

Hey, looking forward to the pics of your house. Seems to me when you declined to remove shirt for the Spirit of America fund raiser (in which you did such good work) you said you'd do something "special" when house was finished.

I've read of suggestions that shirt be removed, Yankee cap on head, whilst sipping (whatever) on your patio.

Please provide a large, downloadable TIFF (JPEG) OK which can be edited. In return all people downloading photo should sign a pledge to mail it to all the Democrat perverts in Congress.

Oh, a gesture of some sort on your part should be included so that the sender can let the assorted ninnies and wing nuts in Liberal Crowd know how we feel about them.

Chou. :)

Looking forward to pictures (with or without aforementioned not-exactly-promised photography.

Hey Contreras is pitching.

How much would he cost if he didn't suck?

the 32 million dollar man's totals
2/3 of an inning
9 hitters
3 walks
2 errors
2 blown double plays by a shakey middle infield
1 wild pitch
2 hits
5 runs

Michele, you should talk about the Yankees every day. Just call it doing a good deed for Boston.

Pretty regularly, Someone has a post about female bloggers. Either it's a female wondering about the state of female blogging, or it's a male suggesting that they "show some skin" (or complaining about the traffic that "skin" generates).

Call me bemused.

I've been reading blogs for a little over a year, and when I look at my favorites/regular reads... I find more females than males.

ASV, Serenity's Journal, Trying to Grok, Sheila Astray, Baldilocks, Downtown Chick Chat, The Cheese Stands Alone, I Love Jet Noise, Road Warrior Rules for Survival, Meryl Yourish... Not even half of my regular reads that happen to be female.

Sure, I have many favorites that are male (many of the high-profile milbloggers), but I just don't get it when I hear that there aren't MANY quality female bloggers.

FWIW, I don't consider Wonkette to be among them- she's not in the same league with the ones I've mentioned, or twenty more that I could.

2. Not just no, but Hell No!

3. Ditto.

4. Yeah, but not unexpected.

5. Astros/yankees- I can't wait!

>>I bet they're dropping with good weather outside...

Are you high? It's 108 today. Spring is here!

Regarding your stats, I may be wrong, but I'd say it has something to do with your decision many posts back to focus only on supporting the troops and stuff as opposed to writing more "provocative" posts. Heh, I have to admit that even I've stopped coming in a little less since then.

As for the "sexism," I'm more inclined to agree with the last question.

Keep up the good work.

God, I hate the Yankees and Gary Sheffield.

Really, I don't think this is healthy.

You're crying over your checkbook and Vodkapundit can't even get a check.

Closed 4 times already.

Have fun with the power tools!

1) Let the free market decide. I don't think that Wonkette is a spokesperson of any kind. My wild guess is that she will not be so "hot" after the election...

2) You don't suck, and you know it!

3) Yes, the dictators of communist China is a creepy bunch of people. Jon E. Dougherty (NewsMax.com) writes about PRC's war game.

4) Yes, Chalabi strange connections and dealings are crazy stuff. I wrote a post, Ahmad Chalabi: Friend of Foe? (a week ago) with some links.

5) I still haven't got the rules of baseball... It is an exotic sport here in Europe. I almost went to a Red Sox game in Boston, in 2000. I have watched some "farmer" (is that the word, or is it only in ice hockey?) games, and some soft ball games.

All the Best,
Martin Lindeskog - American in Spirit.
Gothenburg, Sweden.

Just keep remembering the mortgage interest payment deduction that you will be able to make on your next tax year, and the year after that ... and the year after that ...

Not jumping the shark. But taking time off will decrease the stats. I mean, c'mon, you TOLD US you wouldn't be here. Rule 1 of taking time off is to never announce it beforehand.

Your semi-retirement from the Angry Young Female role may also have something to do with it.

Also, The absence of Little You Know Who in the masthead. She disappears, hits go down. No offense, but the backs of a little league team just don't compare.

Wonkette has nothing on you. She can barely put together enough words for a full post. She makes Instapundit seem Den Bestian in length.

1. At the dawn of blogilization (late 01-early 02), the leading blogs were overwhelmingly white, male, bespectacled, between 30 and 50, pro-war, centrist/libertarian on domestic issues, and dominated by academics and professional writers, especially those with ties to the New Republic (Reynolds, Sullivan, Lileks, Kaus, Volokh, Marshall, Goldberg, den Beste, C. Johnson . . . each of them hits several if not all of these points). The image stuck, and those guys ascended to a sort of firmament.

Actually, the dawn of blogging was late 99-early 00 and there were entirely more women then men at that time. It's only with the dawn of blogging-cum-political platform that men have come to dominate the scene. Looking at the gender breakdown of our elected officials, it doesn't surprise me that relatively fewer political blogs are run by women. Back when the A-List blogs were about more personal expression, it was no surprise that women dominated the scene.

1. Who cares? One of the biggest problem women have is that they are so busy worrying about the actions of other women that they don't fully concentrate on whatever it is they do. That's a bigtime overgeneralization, but I'm not feeling charitable toward worries about Wonkette. She's a media creature and will be gone once anal sex and penis size become the fixtures of Logo.

2. Again, what's the worry? If this is your mortgage payment, maybe. If you really care about the ratings, get a friend to have anal sex for money. Allah doesn't seem busy lately, and I'm sure many would like to deflower him for a pretty penny. Of course, it can all be for that Iraqi charity. A war-time patriotic anal sex prostitute scandal! Your ratings will soar!

3. China isn't so bad. At least when compared to Burma, Sudan, and North Korea. Okay, China's bad. Are they fascist semi-capitalists? Or are they Communist slaveholders? Are they both? Are they military imperialists or just economic imperialists? I'm glad that they'll have the same problem Europe's scheduled to have in forty years: too many retirees per worker. One-child saved them so it could bite them on the ass later.

4. At least our intelligence can put one and one together now and then. (Okay, that was unfair, but really: how did this guy warrant our secrets in the first place?) That guy could have screwed us so royally. Probably did.

5. Just be glad the Devil Rays won't get the wild card. Then the Yankees would be toast.

You don't suck!!!! but the Yankees do!!!!
HA!! (only a few more weeks left that I can say that)

What's happening is everyone's reading my weblog. I've had a spike in traffic and that doesn't count the two Instalanches in two days.

No shark-jumping here, but didn't you swear off writing about Ted Rall? The way you tore him a multitude of new assholes was very entertaining.

In addition to the vast trade and open markets we provide to Chinese goods, China buys US dollars. Every day.

Before everyone freaks, this is a GOOD thing. Their entire economy depends on the goodwill of the US. Ours on the other hand, does not depend on theirs.

Doesn't mean it wouldn't hurt. Does mean we don't depend on it. Huge diff.

You so jumped the shark the minute you replaced Dick York with that other Dick. Sorry, but facts is facts.

Wonkette exists solely because she gives Reynolds a Stiffler. Who cares?

um, yankees still suck. Now I will wait for my beating. Or I could just fold up like a cheap tent or the O's pitching staff.

The Sox are near 2 back and Rocket even beat my cubs today! This day sucks.

For the record, I read this site daily, along with Jen Martinez' site, Baldilocks and Absinthe & Cookies. Granted, I also read more blogs by men, but usually because they are very good.

I avoid like the plague anything that smacks of NOW or feminists. They didn't impress in the 70's and today, they are exhibiting the freshness of the NYT.

Vlad Guerrero has 8 RBI for the Angels against the Red Sox in tonight's game! Sweeeeet!

Make that 9 RBI in a 10-7 come from behind win! A new team record, and Pedro takes the loss. Something we can both greatly enjoy, Michele.

Yanks might be in first, but so are the Dodgers. And the Dodgers are considering a new mascot.

I know you're a Yankee fan, Michele, but I think you'll like this scoop on who the new mascot will be.

I'm a Met fan, and I still read ASV.

No, there's no shark jump.... I think there's a collision of people on summer break, and crap happening in our lives (not that getting a new house is crap, but all the crap around it)

I'm a Met fan, and I still read ASV.

No, there's no shark jump.... I think there's a collision of people on summer break, and crap happening in our lives (not that getting a new house is crap, but all the crap around it)

Jumped a couple months ago when you let your persepctive get muddled and the site became predictable. Bash him, bash her, bash the bashers, why are we fighting with each when there are real enemies out there, bash Ted Rall for the gazillionth time, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Goodbye has a good point..but I still read you daily anyway

1. Wonkette sucks big time

2. Sorry, I've been on a long business trip.

3. Me too -- but we're going to hear a lot more about them. They're scarfing up all the steel, and related metals, and petrol they can get their yellow little hands on right now.

4. Yeah

5. And, the Yankees suck (but I read you every day anyway).