Friday, January 20, 2006

Blog rule one respect your readers

I recently had a bad experience at a blog run by a friend who will remain nameless.
When one comes to this site one knows what to expect. I also tailor my posts to what I think the readers will enjoy. For every post that you read there are three that I draft and ponder. I do not do filler post such as anniversaries and site numbers.

Each day I put up fresh material in the morning. Now that this distraction has been eliminated I am thinking about a second post at night. There are times that I gauge the audience wrong like the discussion of Strauss and Raynd. Mr Beamish pointed it out and I prepared a post that got more reaction then I had assumed.

The moral of the story is that one must remember their core readers when making decisions. Would my readers be upset if I let Ducky decide the direction of this blog? Yes they would be upset and rightfuly so as I failed to respect my readers. This blog is pro American and anti communist and Ducky serves as entertainment.

Rule one respect your readers and focus on your core readers. My friend failed this rule and it caused me to leave his site. Friends do fail and the damage is done but I will not return until he remembers rule 1

14 comments:

Warren said...

A man gets a deal on a new suit, is sized, fitted, puts on the suit and walks home.

While walking, his ears pick up as he hears two strangers talk to each other as he passes:

"Wow!", says the first, "Would you look at that expensive suit on that guy!"

"Yea", says the second, "But one sleeve is longer than the other."

He returns to the tailor shop and says, "This is a beautiful suit and I really got a good deal... but the right sleeve is slightly longer than the left."

The tailor eyes him and says, "Yes you're right, but if you lean your shoulders slightly to the left, the sleeves will look as if they are the same length."

He leans his shoulders slightly to the left, looks in the mirror and is satisfied. But he doesn't notice, that leaning to the left, makes the right cuff of his pant leg ride up on his ankle.

Mollified, he leaves the tailor shop and heads down the street again.

He passes two different strangers talking:

"Wow!", says the first, "Would you look at that expensive suit on that guy!"

"Yea", says the second, "But one pant leg is longer than the other."

He returns to the tailor shop and says, "This is a beautiful suit and I really got a good deal... but one pant leg is slightly longer than the other."

The tailor eyes him and says, "Yes you're right, but if you bend your right knee slightly, your pant legs will be the same length."

He leans his shoulders slightly to the left, bends his right knee slightly, looks in the mirror and is satisfied. But he doesn't notice that it now appears that the seat of his pants now appear to be baggy from leaning his shoulds and bending his knee.

Mollified, he leaves the tailor shop and heads down the street again.

He passes two different strangers talking:

"Wow!", says the first, "Would you look at that expensive suit on that guy!"

"Yea", says the second, "But seat of his pants are baggy."

He returns to the tailor shop and says, "This is a beautiful suit and I really got a good deal... but the seat of my pants are baggy."

Again, the tailor eyes him and says, "Yes you're right, but if you hunch your back slightly, the seat of your pants won't be baggy."

He leans his shoulders slightly to the left, bends his right knee slightly, Hunches his back to take the bagginess out of the seat of his pants, looks in the mirror and is satisfied.

Mollified, he leaves the tailor shop and heads down the street, walking with difficulty he shuffles on.

He passes two different strangers talking:

"Wow!", says the first, "Would you look at that expensive suit on that guy!"

"Yea!", says the second, "I wonder where that poor deformed, hunchback, found a tailor that could make a suit that fits so well!"

Beak, I don't agree with you. Think about my story.

BTW, the tailor was a Scot. ;^)

beakerkin said...

Warren

You do have a point as Yeagley wanted me to be something I am not.
I am a partiotic blogger who happens to be Jewish. I do not place Jewish themes all over the place except when the rare anti semitic troll ventures into the Beaker House of Hell for Marxists, Jihadis and David Duke types.

No doubt I am proud of my ethnicity
and I make zero attempt to hide it.
Yet I find nothing odd about Marxist 167 or Ducky obsessing about my ethnicity. I am an American and that is the essence of who and what I am. My friend Malcolm who served for twenty years
and lives in Jersey City is my brother.

The Duck and others talk of internationalism but it is a code word for the cult of death. Underneathh the benign veneer is a totalitarian elitism and warped moral decay that is evident.

We can only be true to ourselves and that is the truth. My passion
remains as it was and woe unto the utopian that ventures here.

Justin said...

Beak:

"To thine own self be true. Then as the day follows the night to no
man canst thou be false."

One should never consider compromising their own values to the benifit of others. I have always enjoyed your blog because you have never done this. Your writings are your true essence and in a world where we are told we must compromise and accept things less than what our true belief is it is refreshing.

Keep pointing out the myths of the far left I realize it drives them crazy and they cant deal with it. This I know from going through not compromising with two people on a blog I write for.

While we have had some disagreements about the core points of some of our discussions we have never expected the other to capitulate to our own beliefs. We have been able to intellegently discuss why we believe as we do.

I know its cliche but "Stay your Course" and you will never regret that you stayed true to yourself and those that respect your opinion.

Warren said...

I have a reply, but right now its, I owe, I owe, its off to work I go.

;^)

beakerkin said...

Justin

On a similar note 167 pulled the plug on his blog. The problem was that he got his best numbers when he was under attack. Yet he lacked the mental depth to defend his positions.

In any reading the man is an anti American anti semite. He may couch his bigotry in pc commie rhetoric but even Rob could not accept the Iranian elections were fairer then the USA.

167 did go through great effort to buy all the shares in this blog. I should have done a parody but I own all the shares again.

I used to joke that he should have given me a biline. He never had any ratings except for the period where I creamed him.

In the meanwhile this blog has evolved into a more natural mode. I do book reviews and some current events.

Anonymous said...

beak...

I'm with justin, "To thine own self be true". I don't agree with everything you post (just 99%) but "disagreement" is more likely to make me post than agreement. I like the way you let your opinions hang out there and thereby open yourself to attack. It takes a brave soul to do that. So keep your readers in mind, but please, be yourself.

-FJ

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Joke 'em if they can't take a f*ck.

drummaster2001 said...

so 167 finally gave up did he?

elijah said...

Anonymous, three posts up..
couldnt agree more

beakerkin said...

Drum master

We owe Rob Byan a link his adress can be found on Blog shares official reality check.

167 packed up and left no forwarding adress. He has deleted his archives a few times. This is the mark of someone ashamed of his posts.

There is a paradox he never figured out . His ratings surged when I attacked and fell when he deleted my comments. When he needed ratings my blog was way more popular and I didn't have the time. The readers got bored and he could have got ratings by maintaining an open board. However he did not have the mental abilities to post a coherent response or post for that matter.

Elijah

Good to see you are back up and running. The poster three above is Farmer John.

Warren said...

"The Duck and others talk of internationalism but it is a code word for the cult of death. Underneathh the benign veneer is a totalitarian elitism and warped moral decay that is evident.
"

While that is undeniably true and whole in itself; there is an egotistical undercurrent where each trolls' ego reigns supreme. They imagine themselves as superior in every fashion and as a hidden, "John Gault", type of character. At the same time, they are herd animals and must seek the approval and adulation of their fellow travelers.

Occasionally, on the Internet, I have ran across a metaphorical, "bridge", where these trolls cluster and lick their wounds. 167, seems to have shut his, "bridge", down. No doubt to find a newer better hidden place to indulge his hatred, and lie to himself, without the distractions of reality. (That warms the cockles of my heart, whatever cockles are.)

Deflating and crushing that commie ego, is our job. You stab'em, I'll slab'em!

Speaking of Ducky, where are you, oh witless one? Why are you ignoring me, is our relationship over? Say it ain't so!

I admire the way your pointy head keeps your deformed ears apart, (even if they do touch slightly at the top), and the delicate way that the drool runs out of the corner of your misshapen mouth to drip from your weak chin.

Always On Watch said...

Warren: there is an egotistical undercurrent where each trolls' ego reigns supreme. They imagine themselves as superior in every fashion and as a hidden, "John Gault", type of character....

I've been criticized for my "attitude of exceptionalism," but the criticizer himself definitely has an air of exceptionalism.

Old saying in the teaching profession: "When you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you."

I suppose that it's human nature to find the same faults in others that we ourselves have. But, IMO, trolls never even consider that possibility when they dish it out.

Of course, not all criticisms pertain to the above teaching saying, but name-calling and bullying do on the school playground. In forums other than the playground, some criticisms amount to calling out errors and malignant ideologies. That last if what Beak does here, IMO.

I haven't seen Duck around this weekend, Warren. Maybe he's hanging out at Big Bubba's new blog, which is linked with BB's old one--at least, for now. But Duck has, in the past, taken weekends off. He'll probably come flying by again soon.

beakerkin said...

AOW

Dr Yeagley is a friend of mine and it pains me to see him devolve into a comic book figure. Warren and I are patriots and when patriots abandon Yeagley it should raise eyebrows.

The Dr is a good man with lousy leadership skills. Allowing a moderator with anti american views
is the equivalent of me yielding editorial control to Ducky. This moderator is fond of such far left classics as Bush is a Moron, The USA created Saddam and Osama . If you are going to cater to patriots there is zero place for such a moderator.

I have also grown rather weary of a not so subtle form of bigotry at that site aimed mainly at blacks but at Jews as well. I can and do deal with bigots with ease. However, Bad Eagle has become hostile to genuine patriots. The bottom line is I like Yeagley and the man is always a friend but I will not provide any content for his site. He has failed to respect his core audience and I have lost respect for him.

Always On Watch said...

Beak,
I have, of course, read some of Dr. Yeagley's writing in FPM, but I confess that I've never paid much attention to Bad Eagle. Maybe I've stopped by there one or two times--that's it.

If you and Warren have turned away from that site, then the implication is obvious to me-- something is wrong.

My comment above had nothing to do with Dr. Yeagley or, of course, with you. I was referring to trolls and was trying to point out the difference between hatefulness (You might say "entertainment") and insightful, truth-seeking criticism. I had no idea that your post was about such a crazy change in a site run by someone whom you admire.

I hope that I'm being clear with what I'm saying here.