Here's the Mail, it never fails,
makes me want to wag my tail in a Pavlovian manner
An "anonymous" blogger emailed me this week to say:
I bet you're sorry now that you abandoned your blogging buddies. All these big stories are coming out and you would just look like a hypocritical jerk now if you covered them. And you know you want to. You are salivating at the attention we are getting and the traffic some of those bloggers you give the cold shoulder to now are getting. You may think you left us behind, but we left YOU behind. You are a disgrace to the right wing, to the Blogs for Bush, to loyal patriots, to the Iraqis and to the right side of the blogosphere. No one reads you anymore. No one has you on their blogroll anymore. YOu spend all day writing about that stupid stuff no one cares about and I bet your (sic) crying because you gave up the opportunity to be part of something bigger. Right bloggers are taking over. We are the new frontier. And you are not a part of it, and not part of the hits we get and the recognition we get, like being at CPAC and being interviewed on tv and having newspaper columnists devote so many words to us. Go cry over your empty posts and your declining fame. You know you want to. Bitch.
I smiled. I grinned. I did not reply and I deleted the email (it was from a gmail account with a name obviously made just for this occassion - the things you can do when Gmail gives you 50 free accounts to give away!)
Let me do this publicly, Mr. Anonymous Blogger (or Ms., as the case may be):
See this? That's my Sitemeter. That's 10,000+ hits a day you're looking at there, more than I ever got when I did political/news blogging. I'm at 36 in the Ecosystem, not bad for a non-political blog in a sea of them, and higher than some of the blogs you referenced in your mail. 38 in traffic rankings, higher again than many of the blogs you mentioned as "running my ass off the road."
Bottom line? I decided to look at blogging as a hobby, not as a job opportunity. I'm enjoying myself immensely the past few months here and I think that's what makes you, dear emailer, so bitter towards me. The rest of your email was somewhat telling - you've been waiting to see me quit in frustration because I lost my audience or I realized I'm a disgrace to what you describe as "the big boys club." Sorry to disappoint, my friend, but - I'm having the time of my life.
And I do think that a) you're not really a blogger, you're just a loyal - if somewhat misguided - follower of the bigger blogs of the right and b) some of the people you claim to be a voice for would probably distance themselves from you if they knew what you wrote. While I have had a few blog relationships disappear into thin air since I stopped doing politics, and while I have felt a bit of a cold breeze from some people, I think they are all way above anything you wrote.
Anyhow, I just wanted to give you the satisfaction of publicly writing about this. I know that's what you wanted and I figure if I take care of it here instead of email, you'll figure out that you're a great, big asshole and back off. Or did you not know you sent the same email five times to two different addresses? Could be you're just an idiot. Yea, I'm inclined to believe that.
Hey, if you'd like to hang around, I've got some "empty" posts about television coming up. No, nothing about Jeff Gannon or his gayness, or anything about being a blogging journalist, but maybe I'll throw in a Three's Company/Jack Tripper reference or I'll mention that show where Dabney Coleman was a reporter. Best I can do for you, buddy.
Now piss off.
this post will most likely self destruct in a few hours
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