Saturday, November 17, 2007

Sore loser? Bad winner...

Via Liberal Conspiracy, I see that Neil Clark has written a rather self-congratulatory piece over at Comment Is Free.
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
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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.
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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.

Yes, 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...

30 comments:

Iain Dale's Rabbit said...

Oh dear. So you didn't win. Shame, but then if you're a know nowt, failed designer, failed actor, failed producer and all round fuckwit you can hardly expect to do well can you.

The Creator said...

What a nice fellow Iain Dale's Rabbit is. So polite.

However, rather more to the point: how can anyone be expected to take seriously a Best UK Blog Award which attracted a grand total of 4,249 votes?

It is quite clearly utterly unrepresentative.

Neil Clark is a twat anyway.

Longrider said...

What UK Blog awards.....?

Sorry, but I can't be arsed with these things. Winning this doesn't make Clarke any less a nasty little prick.

The Exile said...

Yes, obviously, but if you still don't get it, I'll spell it out for you.

How to put this? I am not the most diplomatic of men... You live in a nice little world where the only views you read are those of people with whom you have much in common. You self-select, ergo, you miss out on everything else that is going on around the blog world.

Neil had my support, and for the reasons laid out in the post that you linked to. He also had the support of the Pan-Slavs in the Slav diaspora.

Did you even know that the Byzantine Blog existed? Or how it is the mother blog for other sites, all of whom are part of that pan-Slav ideology? I'll bet you didn't.

That's why you lost: you don't get out enough...

Zarathustra said...

Hi Exile. Would you mind if I quoted your own words?

"Neil romped home with 1,116 votes in his column"

1,116 votes????? That's all it was based on? That would be a poor turnout in a council by-election in Merthyr Tydfil!

All in all, that hardly sounds like the resounding endorsement from Tha Entire World Wide Intarwebs Everywhere!!!!111one!!eleventy!!! that you and Neil Clark seem to be making it out to be.

Quick hint. Go out into the street and ask the first ten people you meet what they think of Neil Clark. I bet you a fiver they'll all reply, "Neil Who?"

The Exile said...

I agree entirely, but so what? This contest was important to the people who took part in it, which is why you are being such a bad loser.

Zarathustra said...

This contest was important to the people who took part in it,

What, all 1,116 of them? Did Neil get a shiny gold foil star with the award?

I have a feeling this thread is going to be entertaining.

The Exile said...

Not for me, it being 4.45am and I am going to bed.

Goodnight folks,

Trixy said...

No doubt the pair of them can masturbate themselves into a frenzy over their 'victory'....

Shame you didn't win, DK, but then I suspect those of us who love the blog are also people who have things to do other than repeatedly click on some yank link...

Trixy said...

Iain Dale's Rabbit said...
"Oh dear. So you didn't win. Shame, but then if you're a know nowt, failed designer, failed actor, failed producer and all round fuckwit you can hardly expect to do well can you."

Ah, but he is good in bed. Which counts for a lot.

mr scruff said...

neil who?

Unity said...

Awww bless...

The guy wins a raffle and he thinks he's got a popular mandate to run the country.

Not enough tinfoil in Asda to cover it, is there?

Mark Wadsworth said...

What The Creator says.

Yes, there is such a thing as a 'bad winner' but methinks, DK, thou art being a tad sensitive about all this.

You know perfectly well that your blog is miles better, end of.

Guardian apostate said...

The very first line in the CiF article is 'it's official. We now have 4m bloggers in this country'. Yet here is Neil Clark crowing because he managed to get 1,116 of the 4,249 votes cast. Delusional fool.

Shug Niggurath said...

I do think that there is a wee bit of ego stroking with awards of any kind - but yes, there is such a thing as a bad winner, they gloat

dizzy said...

Is it me or have the right and left found something they agree on i.e. Neil Clarke being a little too much up his own arse?

The Creator said...

A little bit too much up his own arse? Er, no. I'd say entirely up his own arse, the complacent socialist personified, smug, stupid, self-satisfied.

And, of course, wrong.

Anonymous said...

i dont know either of you, but you seem like a nice chap and he seems like a f****** c**** with a lttle c*** and an over inflated w****** ego the little c****** f*** face.

complex.

Peter said...

Who the fuck is Neil Clark?

Daily Referendum said...

I've been blogging for a year, and I hadn't heard of Neil Clark until someone pointed out that he was begging day and night for votes.

He is now the Ben Johnson of blogging.

Rigpig said...

Awww bless...

The guy wins a raffle and he thinks he's got a popular mandate to run the country.


Maybe he does :) is not 25% about the mark that Labour gathered in the last general election ?

Democracy you have to love it :D

Randy Higham said...

You're not a bad loser because you didn't lose. EU Refendum won fair and square, as he often does and as for the prat Clark, he can safely be ignored.

Trooper Thompson said...

That CiF column is beyond sad. It reminded me of Alan Partridge with his anecdotes ending with 'needless to say, I had the last laugh.' I wonder who comprises the 'self-appointed uber elite of bloggers' he has been valiantly battling.

Like, no doubt most visitors here, I've never heard of the guy in question, whose name has already escaped me, and I couldn't be arsed to vote for DK.

Prodicus said...

Oooh, that Trixy. She's a one.

Mrs Prodicus has been watching this 'contest' (hahahaha) from a distance and was asked to give the 'winner' and his 'second' the once over. I can't give you her verdict because this blog is far too prim. Safe to say that DK remains ahead in that particular contest by a long, er, shot. Mrs P also asks me to pass her compliments to "Trixy, the bitch". What can she mean?

Devil's Kitchen said...

Haha! Perhaps Mrs Prodicus would like a signed photo...?

DK

Olly Onions said...

poor show
http://ollysonions.blogspot.com/2007/11/question-mark-over-uk-blog-poll.html

Trixy said...

What have I done now? But smiles and hugs back to Mrs P.

Trixy

x

(tis possibly true that I can be a bit of a bitch)

Anonymous said...

Sorry to bother you, but do you know if everything is OK at the Ministry of Truth?

The link gives 'server not found' but cached text shows he was posting as late as 17/11 about the Dawkins files.

I don't much care if Clark's work vanishes but I will be most put-out if Unity's has - I use DK and MoT to give a steroscopic view of current events.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Yes, I noticed that too. I'll contact him and ask...

DK

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Much obliged.