December 10, 2006

And...

Please vote for me again today! You know which not-so-moderate blog needs to be soundly defeated.

AND: Utterly humorless blog pitches a hissy fit!
Congrats Ann: you you have now undermined if not destroyed the relevance of the Weblog Awards as a contest by readers about content and are, as such, have [sic] done a dissservice [sic] to the organizers of the Weblog Awards who have put a lot of time and energy into organizing this contest and you are forever corrupting this contest.
Ooh, the great and somber Weblog Awards! Corrupted! Disserved! Or should I say disssssssssserved? What a snake I am! Ooh, organizers put time and energy into creating such a lofty institution and here I am, fooling around. Oh, noooo!

And I love the way you perceived all that after it became painfully obvious that you were losing abysmally to the the "lady" blogger your blog attacked in demeaning and dishonest terms. And now you're all about indignant righteousness? What a laugh!

38 comments:

AJ Lynch said...

First!

And punished sounds much better than merely defeated.

Or can I suggest trounced, or annilihated, or this little jingo..."hit em with a stick, hit em with a broom, f em f em up, boom , boom, boom!

Anonymous said...

It looks like you're winning in a runaway. At least for today.

corporate law drudge said...

you are so like not going to lose

Too Many Jims said...

It is easy for me to say because no one gives a crap about my existence (bloggingly speaking), but these inter-blog spats are kind of annoying.

Note: I agree that what that blogger from the other blog said in your comments and some of his subsequent posts on that blog were intemperate, juvenile, rude and immoderate.

I suppose I, as more of a centrist, should be heartened by such squabbles because it may demonstrate that the center is fighting rather than ceding to the fringes. I would take that approach if the argument was substantive.

Daryl Herbert said...

In other Weblog Awards-related news, Glenn Reynolds has declared himself Emperor Weblog Award Winner for Life and proclaims his royal highness is above the need to compete, which would impliedly question the legitimacy of his eternal mandate.

dave said...

Good Lord, you're pathetic.

Daryl Herbert said...

Be sure also to cast your vote in the "Most Persistent, Repetitive yet Mercifully Concise Troll" category.

Now get out and vote, you moronic brownshirt fucks.

Kirby Olson said...

Hurray for centrism of any sort including heliocentric lunacy of every kind.

I d-did vote for you.

Gahrie said...

One only needs to look at the multiple nominations for the Daily Kos, and the vote totals for the Daily Kos and the other nutsroots blogs, to see how relevant these awards are.

It's simply a self serving popularity contest organized by the host that rewards the blogs with the most fanatical followers.

These awards are more of a joke than a high school student council election, and about as important.

AJ Lynch said...

Someone called Jimmy Carter a "humorless scold" recently. I thought how appropriate.

From the looks of it (at TPM) there must be a bit of that humorless stuff going around.

Paco Wové said...

To paraphrase:
"You ruined our [weblog contest]! You ruined everything, ruiner!"

It's roont!

LoafingOaf said...

These awards are more of a joke than a high school student council election, and about as important.

Yeah, but they have such a nice banner to stick on your blog for a year if you win. :)

I looked at the explanation for the mysterious process by which nominees become finalists and it turns out it's just whichever blogs the guy personally thinks should be finalists, including blogs that weren't even nominated, with a preliminary step done by volunteers to make it appear there was more to it than that. I doubt they even looked at all the nominees, particularly in the less-paid-attention-to categories.

But I guess it's all just meant to be fun.

Maybe they should have categories that give awards for content. Like, "Most Influencial Post of the Year." Or, "Funniest Interblogospherical Squabble," "Most Dishonest Blogger", "Biggest Shill".....

And is it right to have some regular blogs up against massive community sites that each contain hundreds of blogs, like Huffington Post and DailyKos?

Charles Giacometti said...

I don't know who is worse, Althouse for the way she is frenetically trolling for votes in this pathetic little vanity contest, or her sycophants, who seem so invested in the outcome.

I am comforted, though, by the small number of total votes, despite Althouse's hyperactive promotion. Since she and her closest minions have been probably voting 10 times a day on various computers, that leaves a very small number of people who actually voted spontaneously for this batshit crazy partisan.

Anonymous said...

Wow, those TMV folks really need to get a sense of humor.

Smilin' Jack said...

you are forever corrupting this contest

Hee hee...I especially like the "forever." Long after your students are dead and your scholarship forgotten, you will be remembered as the corrupter of the Weblog Awards.

Let's vote, everybody--help Ann achieve immortality!

Anonymous said...

For a number of reasons, I'm going through and looking at many of the blogs nominated in many categories. Not one that I've looked at doesn't campaign for votes, and some of them far more ostentatiously than Ann here.

(And no, DTL, I haven't looked at them all, so if the statement I'm about to make is contradicted by an exception I missed, that does not make me a "liar.")

The point of awards like this is not to confer merit or popularity. It's to promote the business. A rising blogosphere lifts all blogs. The "controversy" undoubtedly helps.

Derve said...

Like they're up for hottest ERISA attorney or something.

It's cute how they're ... withholding in protest. "No one vote. Pass it on. We just don't care." Very passive. Sad kindof. And now Glenn too. Is this some new metrosexual male technique I haven't heard of yet?
Usually, running up the score is not classy. But I kindof hope you do remind folks to vote every day now. BLOW THEM OUT EVEN WORSE to end that kind of weany technique.

Juliet said...

I don't know who is worse, Althouse for the way she is frenetically trolling for votes in this pathetic little vanity contest, or her sycophants, who seem so invested in the outcome.

Lots of people are obsessed with this blog. Althouse is. Her fans are. You are.

downtownlad said...

John - You're not supposed to look at the other blogs.

You vote for Ann. That's it. The others are crap.

Trust me - I've read them.

Derve said...

And dtl as TheEnforcer.
I must of stumbled into a parallel universe or something.

Simon said...

LoafingOaf said...
"Yeah, but they have such a nice banner to stick on your blog for a year if you win. :)"

And not just for a year! The so-called Moderate Voice still has their "sticker" from the 2004 weblog awards on their masthead. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does clash a little with their newly-winted "we don't actually want to win" demeanor.

Donald Douglas said...

I'm not obsessed with this blog, but I love the spirit of competition. Crush away!

Burkean Reflections

ginabina said...

Oh puh-lease!

This is the way that the Weblog Awards have always been run...you vote early, you vote often.

Bloggers campaign. Some of the campaigning is hilarious! It certainly doesn't forever (oh, the drama!) taint or ruin anything, you pantywaists!

A Menken Moment said...

My, my, but this contest has opened more than one bottle of vitriol. I never realized just how many people are quite frenzied with malice towards our gentle Ann.

Daryl Herbert said...

From TMV: There are two ways of dealing with something like this: get angry or laugh. We at TMV choose to laugh.

Bwa ha ha ha. Yeah. A light, frivolous sense of humor. A devil-may-care attitude about blog contests. That's exactly the impression I get when I read that blog post.

You didn't ruin anything, of course. the rules of the contest were deliberately crafted to encourage voting every day (so voters would be more interested in the results at the end). TMV knows this (well, whoever was dumb enough to make a NINE-HUNDRED WORD POST to show how little he cares about the contest, he might be that stupid)

And for all their talk about ruining the weblog awards, they were not only pimping their own blog, they were actively campaigning for blogs in other categories:

Well, you should not stop voting entirely, please continue to vote for David Schraub and for Ed Morrissey, but stop voting for The Moderate Voice in the "Best Centrist Blog" category.

Nothing in the rules of the contest was supposed to encourage cross-category alliances (you're supposed to vote for the blogs you like and actually read, not the blogs some conglomerate tells you to vote for). TMV wanted to flex its internet muscle, and they got beaten, badly, by the same woman who called them out when they were behaving badly (they knew it then, they know it now). Boo hoo hoo.

They make big sport of attacking you and saying how unlikeable you are (among other charming insults), and when an opportunity like this comes up to show you have lots of fans, they can't lose interest fast enough.

Goesh said...

You have a hefty lead so I voted again, verifying that my first vote for you was not a hanging chad

AllenS said...

I just came back from reading the post on TMV, and I noticed that they posted 2 of my comments on this blog. Does that make me famous?

Anonymous said...

I find this really funny. First, the original author obviously completely misread Ann's post, having failed to detect the obvious humor. As I believe that he is Dutch, and English is not his first language, I'm willing to cut him some slack here. But, his refusal to even acknowledge his mistake when others there point it out to him is funny.

His fellow contributors then fail to give him a "heads up" about the humor involved in it before he digs himself (and them) into a deeper hole. Instead, they "rally 'round the flag." (Some might say they were "circling the wagons" in preparation for a siege.)

Nothing like a good blogwar to goose circulation, I guess. Absolutely hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Not that the facts are too relevant at this point, but the awards actually encourage concerted efforts by blogs to drive their readers to vote daily.

Randy said...

Ann,

Have you ever considered changing your name to Tracy Flick?

Anonymous said...

Tracy Flick. Ha! Perfect.

Anonymous said...

Wow, are you really a law professor?

My mouth hung agape all the way through this post ... not before on the internets have I watched someone degrade themselves so robustly in pursuit of a meaningless award.

For the love of God, please pull yourself together.

neil bart said...

And you're a professor?

You may win the award, but I won't be stopping by anymore to hear your stupid school-girl bitchfest.

Ann Althouse said...

Ti-Guy, Eric, Neil, etc.: How can you survive with so little sense of humor? It must hurt.

Carl said...

Ann, your last comment makes me want to ask how you can confuse your sensibilities WITH a sense of humor? This post, and your website generally, seems to me spiteful, petty and vindictive. Some (perhaps many) find humor in those things, but it seems to be the same sense of humor that allows a bully to laugh at the pain of a younger kid he just beat up. Now, likening you to Tracy Flick...that seemed a bit of well-timed cleverness. I'll take my laughs that way. Find all the levity you want in pissing on things.

Pinko Punko said...

I sold my sold my soul to a new religion/ I sold my soul for s simple chord/
Whatever happened to my, my rock and roll/

Anonymous said...

How can you survive with so little sense of humor? It must hurt.

This type of childish retort is really age-inappropriate for a tenured law professor in her late 50's, don't you think?

fishbane said...

This type of childish retort is really age-inappropriate for a tenured law professor in her late 50's, don't you think?

You'd think that, but then Althouse graces us with more of, well, I think the flyover states calls it 'nuance'.