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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.

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Comments

Drat. I wish I could get hate mail like that.

Funny... even when you don't do anything to piss people off, you still piss them off. ;-)

that excerpt made me laugh.

Hee Hee. There are more than enough political blogs. I really think you've found your niche. Sounds like one of those zealots who try to drive eveyone else into their passion (another great thread of yours!)

Buffalo Bill. That was Dabney Coleman's show. Waaaaay before its time.

God, that email is pathetic. Ever since blogs got big the quality of hate email has gone way down, IMHO.

Seriously. Where's the vitriol? The death threats? The threat of voodoo doll curses?

Even the mail is watered down.

Blogs got big? When did that happen...outside the blogger's own tiny little self-important mind, that is.

If a blogger takes him/herself more seriously now just because MSM is feeling their hot breath on the back of its collective dirty neck, then the blogger probably wasn't worth reading in the first place.

I have little patience for people who can't figure out when to use 'your' or 'you're' - it's like fingernails on a chalkboard to me; a kind of built-in idiot-meter. Your e-mailer rang the bell on this one.

gee - you'ld think that tattoo of chairman mao on yr left tit would be enough for some people, but noooooo

This blog was great during the election season.

It's gotten 185784215711325771074 bajillion times better since then, though.

Don't know about anyone else, but I am so. sick. of. it. Sick of politics. Sick of red and blue. Sick of scandals. Sick to DEATH of "MSM v. Bloggers." I never want to hear the word "blog" again, in fact. All my old, worn, election-era links are collecting virtual dust.

But I keep coming back here because it's good stuff. That simple, really.

I'm with you all the way, Stacella. In fact, I was really contemplating giving up my own blog after the whole Gannon/Jordan affair broke simply because it disgusted me that much.

I'm all for using OND instead of blog, too. :)

Well, I for one do miss your comments on the supposedly "larger" events in life-- in particular the many clarifying and plain-spoken summary retorts to the Pacifascists, Idiotarians, and Barking Moonbats of the world.

That being said, the emailers thoughts ( hopes?) that you must, of course, be filled with bitterness and anger over not being and acting in the way they had decided for you that youshould, of course,be, feel, and act is ummm- bizarre.

The import of your words, or so it semed to me at least, was the pure unfettered willingness to be true to the expression of your own voice. That hasn't changed.

Do hope you'll continue with the Easter "sermons" though-

The faith that one must have in order to believe this with all their heart is admirable. We all really do want to believe in something like this; that from all the pain and suffering and death, something good will rise. We watch the ashes and wait for the Phoenix to emerge because we know it must. Without that faith and hope, humanity is nothing. We may as well turn ourselves over to our enemies, to the devil himself, if we do not believe that good prevails and from ashes come new life. There are people who want you to resist the hope you may have. They will take your faith, wrap it in their hate and throw it back at you. They will twist your beliefs until everything you think you know is just one big knot. And they will try to make you a friend of your enemy. These are the people who side with evil. They march up and down the streets proclaiming their solidarity with those who wish you harm. They say - but there are two sides to every story! But to them I say, only one side is motivated by goodness. The other is motivated by hate. We want peace, we want a world that is full of faith and hope. We don't want our children to someday have to stare at the ashes of what was, waiting for something to rise from it.

That was a needed ray of hope beaming out from the blogosphere,reaching even into Churchland- where, even there, those who had ears might hear.

Thanks.

you go girl.

i bet that came from a left-winger anyway.

you could right about politics or pubic hair and it would still probably be one of the most well-written things I have read all day.

thanks for doing what you want.

La-hooo-saaaa-her. Loser. Tired of politics.

Hate mail means you must be doing something right, eh?

As long as you are enjoying what you're doing, f**k everyone else if they don't like it. That you get traffic I can only dream of means to me that political blogs can be highly overrated. Quality and honesty are, thankfully, still important to the vast majority.

Keep up the good work...and if you ever feel like sharing your secret, you know where to find me. ;o)

The threat of voodoo doll curses?

The Derek Jeter doll is ready. Im dulling the points on the needles for a little added oomph.

Seriously though, you know that pinhead doesnt speak for all of us on the right side, right?

OOOO boy...

Sure, I like the political sites. I liked your comments when you were doing it. But, geez loueez, not EVERYTHING has to be political. That's basically a Communist viewpoint anyway, isn't it?

As a guy, I love you gal bloggers and my Web trips wouldn't be complete without you, Althouse, Byrd, Betsy and Malkin.

Keep up the great work.

Honestly, I respect you far more when you're not shotting daggers with your posts on politics. In my opinion, you became an angry, hateful person during that whole time and I literally stopped checking your blog. I just couldn't stand starting my day with hate.
This stuff that you are doing today, is still the great and wonderful writing that you have always done, what made me laugh and respect you as a WRITER. That stuff, made me sick to my stomach.

Haters come and go and you wouldn't be getting all that hate mail if you weren't still getting the hits.
People respect you and appreciate your writing and that is why your hits stay the same.

Screw the haters. They're just jealous that they can't have people adore them for everything they write.

I hope the mystery critic is not a real blogger - maybe the Gannon of bloggin? I love what you're doing. Everybody blogs on politics (including me), it's nice to have a change. There is room for more like you, not less (or none). Glad you're keeping up a positive attitude.

Really reads like an immature-not-yet-having-a-fully-formed-thought attempt at reverse psychology. I don't think I have read anyone claiming to be off to the right sound as pissy and as much as off the to left as that letter sounds. But then again I avoid the inbred genetic breeding pools of Freepers and DU Moonbats, and only read what they post outside of their cocoons.

Another newly escaped troll, hiding behind an anonymous email. The fun never stops.

awww....SO cute!

Who says the left has the monopoly on stupid people?

It's amazing what a twelve-year-old can do with a gmail account.

What th' ? ....That email is weird...haven't read whining so lame since "you stole an instalanche!"

Well said.

I'm just wondering where Bender is. Seems like this would be a perfect excuse to roll him out of the closet.

what a maroon.

Good grief, that clown thinks he is on OUR side (mine at least, if not yours). Can we trade him for a disillusioned liberal to be named later?

Michele, I don't read your blog that much anymore because politics is my main interest, and you have turned towards your own interests. Not only would I not criticize you for that, it would never even OCCUR TO ME to criticize you for that. It's your blog.

I agree, what a maroon.

I wish I were as unpopular and left-in-the-dustbin-of-history as you.

I'm glad you're not following the pack. Keep it up.

You get 10k hits a day?

And you never link to me?

Boy. NOW I'm mad.

Wanna have a blogwar? I hear it's good for the ratings. Plus, y'know, since we're both, y'know, chicks and all, the boys'll all be yelling, "Ooh! Catfight! Bitchfight! Two girls are getting into it! Let's go watch!"

This is all Heidi's fault. I called up, her daughter answered, and I said, "Shall I assume your mother will be late, as always?" "DEFINITELY!" Sorena answered.

See what happens when I suddenly have an extra half hour on my hands? I turn into Weirdo Girl Commenter. Or should that be "Grrrl"?

There's no shortage of pissy little people in the world, and IMO a great many of them are to be found on either extreme of the political spectrum. By backing away from politics, you achieved the delightful result of making BOTH extremes unhappy.

Humans are a social species - risking one's popularity can be a tough thing to do even for the least popularity-concerned among us. I admire you all the more for the choice you made, and I do think ASV is a far more enjoyable place without all the political firefights.

I seriously doubt this email was from a right of center blogger. None of those guys I hang out with would ever consider sending an email like that.

Sorry, we just don't hate. We think the others are wrong, but we don't hate them. The vitriol just isn't part of our collective beings.

Those of us who were with you through the election know that what you are doing now is the best thing for you, and we are happy you allow us into your happier world and share in the fun.

I think a lot of these bloggers, left and right, get a whiff of power and it goes to their heads. (Uhm ... InstaRage?) I can't believe the tone of that email, Michele. It's so immature. I don't have a hard time at all believing it was from a "right" blogger, but I don't paint the entire right side with the brush of that ludicrous email.

I'm on the right side myself, but some of the most condescending hostile emails I've ever received are from my "own side" - because I'm not "right" enough. These people are insane, and they need to get out of the house more.

I'm with Greg H's comment above. I would never dream of telling another blogger what they should write about.

You go, girl. I've said it to you before - I would read you regularly even if you discussed your cuticles on a daily basis.

seriously doubt this email was from a right of center blogger. None of those guys I hang out with would ever consider sending an email like that.
Sorry, we just don't hate. We think the others are wrong, but we don't hate them. The vitriol just isn't part of our collective beings.

You're shitting me, right?

I'm on the right side myself, but some of the most condescending hostile emails I've ever received are from my "own side" - because I'm not "right" enough. These people are insane, and they need to get out of the house more.

What she said.

Now I'm gonna go cuticle blog.

Michele ... hahahaha More cuticle-blogging, more cuticle-blogging!

HAHAHAHA

yanno, ya'd think that if they were all "taking over", he'd at least have enough balls to put something besides "anonymous".

Holy shit. I'm going to visit more often. Out of spite for the anon rightie blogger. Spite is a powerful motivator.

I don't agree with Michele on anything, except there's no life 'til leather.

Oh, come now, Vince. I know you're always here, lurking...stalking....

I still owe you a cup of coffee, too.

No one pwns 'em like you do, Michele. Keep it up.

U rock. Like Ronnie James Dio.

In a similar vein, i've never understood "trolls" either. I can see liking or not liking a Blog, but to actually dedicate yourself to leaving snarky or bitter insults on a frequent basis just makes me want to say get a life or at least get a blog.

Hope your Emailer is the rare exception.

Michele, I just wanted to say that I was going to email you and comment on your traffic increase. I have had the same thing happen as soon as I stopped worrying about covering every political story and just started having fun posting.

I've seen my traffic go up and stay up. Im OK with that.

Good for you, Michele. I'm glad you proved the theory for the rest of us: Have fun and be yourself and the readers will come or they won't, but you'll enjoy yourself a lot more! ;)

Man, Treacher's really gettin' cranky, ain't he?

:)

My $5 is on JGolsen. Heh.

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