We need a blogging revolution
My blog just won the best UK Blog award—because my views are more in tune with ordinary people than most in the blogosphere
My overwhelming victory in the 2007 poll shows, for anyone who still had any doubts, that the media's and self-appointed uber-blogger's view of who are the most popular bloggers in Britiain is very different from the situation when the public allowed to decide the issue.
The reason for my blog's popularity is not "bizarre", but very, very simple.
Is that true? Well, I suppose that it may be, although I would also advance the theory that, whilst the rest of us were reasonably uninterested in what seemed to be an almost entirely US-centric award, Neil Clark was begging and begging for people to vote for him.
There are some out there who have called me a bad loser—and no doubt will again—but I can assure you that, whilst it would have been amusing to win, your humble Devil really wasn't that concerned. After all, there was no piss-up to go to in this country and there's no way I was going to Las Vegas, even on the promise of free booze.
But for Clark to write so many posts, pleading with his readers to exploit the votes by clicking that button as often as they were able, and then to write this smug, self-serving article is, in my view, poor form.
Is there such a thing as "a bad winner"?
UPDATE: The Exile details how he moved blogging heaven and earth to get people to vote for Clark. Having done so, he then writes...
So, why did Neil Clark win this vote? He won it because he was the most popular choice, obviously.
UPDATE 2: Unity fisks La Clark beautifully, whilst Matt Wardman gives chapter and verse.
My impression of people who blog about awards they have won more than - say - twice, is that they have cut the outline of a six-foot penis from cardboard, and are waving it around vigorously in the hope that noone will take a sideways look and reveal how shallow it is in actuality.
My opinion of people who post more than - say - twice, in order to puff there own blog in votes for blog awards is to wonder why they apparently need so much help to cut a penis shape out of a piece of cardboard.
Beyond all of that, I just find people who take blog awards at all seriously rather amusing.
And as for writing puff-pieces for your own blog mentioning your own award on the site of a national newspaper - THAT reminds me of university students sending love letters to themselves in the hope of convincing their flatmates that they have a girlfriend.
It’s one thing to run a campaign for amusement. But to do it because you are taking yourself seriously and greeting it as a major victory … is on a level with a political “2 blokes and their dog Spot” movement congratulating themselves that they distributed 4 and a half copies of their newspaper outside a political conference.
Anyone doing this stuff will be treated with derision. Rightly.
And may I just say that this humble "know nowt, failed designer, failed actor, failed producer and all round fuckwit" feels the same way...