I love Isaiah's comic.
Okay, John Halle has a post at Corrente. He's exchanging e-mails with a female blogger (I'm ignoring her) and she's an whore. I don't know why we would pretend otherwise. As Vast Left often points out, she pimped "public option" to kill off real health care.
That really is my problem with John Halle's post.
Why are we obsessed with that woman?
Who the hell gives a crap?
I love C.I. but she doesn't care about links so when Ron B. had advice it wasn't advice she took. That's fine. I'm not saying she was wrong. The Common Ills is huge and she built it up all on her own and without any reach arounds or circle jerks. Her stats are off the wall. (I would share them but she might see it and she doesn't know. Jim checks and tells us. She doesn't want to know. She says she doesn't write for "hits" or "clicks" and if and when she does the site is over.)
But John Halle would benefit from Ron's advice. Let me look Ron up. Okay, it's Ron Brynaert. His newest blog is here.
So Ron went up against 'kos' and others many time. He was very aware of how they worked and John Halle seems oblivious on this point. (I like John Halle. I'm not calling him stupid. But in terms of how blogs work, he seems oblivious.)
The big blogs he keeps trying to get to stand up aren't going to. They weren't all huge in 2003 and 2004. But they linked to each other and then got together to decide who was a 'threat' and then began their "Amnesty" days to 'cleans' (purge) their blogrolls and ensure that certain people didn't get ahead. (Or maybe they did. I have no idea. Without any help from those Blogging gods, C.I. managed to build a site.)
Now you can be C.I. You can carve out your niche and you can be right and proven right and end up with a large following. But C.I.'s been around online since 2004. If you're attempting to influence the 2012 elections for third parties or independent candidates, you may not feel you have seven years.
In which case, you need to do what Ron was saying people needed to do back then. Link, link and link. E-mail other bloggers, do link trades. In fact, do series of trades. "Hey, I blog at ___ and I and these 4 bloggers will link to you if you will link to us."
That's how you would build up quickly.
That's part A.
John Halle, stop trying to change those blogs. Right them off and stop publicizing them. Bring them back down to earth and they'll have to change. They're not going to ever change while they are 'at the top.' You can do what C.I. does, which is to ignore them. Or you can actively work to take them out. It's really not that difficult. I've seen C.I. do that to people she doesn't care for her. The same method that works in real life would work in terms of blogs.
Halle wrote a female blogger (of no worth in my opinion) and maybe he got what he wanted out of it. But if he wants what he says he does, he's going to have to work on it in the ways of outlined above or accept that nothing's going to change.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):