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May 05, 2003

business letter

To: Mr. Steven Den Beste

From: A Crap Writer

Subject: Your Pomposity

Ref: That post you wrote that I will not link because I already did it once. YOU know the one I'm talking about

Dear Mr. Den Beste,

I don't know who died and appointed you God, but it damned sure wasn't me and I object to you assuming the title. I don't believe in God and you claim that you don't, either. So, climb down off that throne and hop back into your sensible Chevy Cavalier.

If I ever start believing in God, MY GOD is going to ride around in a bullet-proof Rolls Royce or a goddam Humvee with all the bells and whistles. NOT a beer can on wheels. I want God to impress me, not make me laugh.

On the matter of blog-crap, I offer this guy for your derision. Yeah, he doesn't have the world knocking down his door YET, but CRAP it AIN'T, you yankee-acting asshole.

Who made YOU headmotherfuckerincharge of ANYTHING? Read this blog. Yeah, he's just starting out, but his writing ain't "crap," either. He reminds me of me. In MY humble opinion, he is good. We're the kind of people who wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire, you self-righteous prick. Look down your nose at ME and I'll tell you to kiss my ass.

Try this one or this one, neither of whom knows who you are or gives a damn. I don't think their blogs are crap. And I don't give a damn what YOU think of them.

I believe that this guy fits MY idea of a blogger and he doesn't write crap, either. Or this guy, who tops 100 visitors in a day and is delighted about it. He doesn't write crap, either.

Everybody has to start somewhere. The last thing newcomers need is a smarmy bastard such as YOU calling their work "crap." Some of it IS crap. But not all of it. And I really believe that if I could buy you for what you're worth and sell you for what you THINK you're worth, that would be better than hitting the lottery.

Of course, that just MY humble opinion.

Comments

Lets take a conservative estimate of the number of blogs: 1 million

According to SdB, only 10% are good. That is 100,000 good blogs.

You have pointed out 6, and I'll take you as number 7.

Only 99,993 to go. Good luck:P

In all seriousness, its not like he's the first one to make a claim like that. People have been saying that or worse since the beginning of blogger... get over it.

Posted by: mark on May 5, 2003 08:23 PM

I never thought my writing was quality. It's humor, it's fun... that's all I aim for in my blog. I don't care about writing at a publishable level or boring the hell out of everyone with my erudition.

Average unique hits a day to sugarmama? Somewhere between 125 and 150. It's not huge, but somebody likes me. :-)

(sappy, cheesy hugs all around)

Posted by: sugarmama on May 5, 2003 09:16 PM

How would Steven den Beste, the master of 8000 word wankaramas, know shit from good writing? He has a big following, but he preaches to a choir that must buy the worlds biggest supply of toothplicks as eyelid props. The rest of us read him when we have insomnia.

Posted by: Jane on May 5, 2003 09:50 PM

Hey, it's hisb log and he can do what he wants with his own blogroll. Just like you can, and I can and everyone else that has a web site.

What is the difference between his bile and yours? Why is your bile better? Is it better? It's all a matter of opinion. Or reverse network effect.

Or some shit like that.

Posted by: Joni on May 6, 2003 12:54 AM

Who gives a damn what that never married, Pat Metheny listening nerd thinks. That guy is full of himself. I'd never link him, I don't care how smart he is or how good of a writer he is.

Your blog is twice as interesting and funny as The Clueless One. He'll never ever link me, but I don't give a coon's ass. I think his blog is boring CRAP.

Posted by: Brent on May 6, 2003 12:59 AM

Whoa, dude.

Posted by: sama on May 6, 2003 03:18 PM

I criticized him here (at the bottom of the post):

here

Not as vocally as you, however.

Posted by: Chuck on May 6, 2003 03:25 PM

"I believe that this guy fits MY idea of a blogger and he doesn't write crap, either."

You take that back! ;-)

Okay, I'm about to start another sport: CrapBlogging.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee on May 6, 2003 03:58 PM

What's with this Rolls and Humvee shit?
God rides a HARLEY DAVIDSON, and when He gets tired of that, He breaks out His INDIAN CHIEF.
Now you know.

Posted by: robert on May 6, 2003 04:11 PM

What's with this Rolls and Humvee shit?
God rides a HARLEY DAVIDSON, and when He gets tired of that, He breaks out His INDIAN CHIEF.
Now you know.

Posted by: robert on May 6, 2003 04:17 PM

Dang...I kept checking the links hoping one of them was mine.
None were. I nearly got 80 hits yesterday. It wasn't so long ago that 80 hits in one month was a good month.
Be we be having a good time, and that's the important thing.

Posted by: nathan on May 6, 2003 05:23 PM

I read Steven, and I read you Rob. (Among several others.) Just because Steven said 90% of blogs are crap doesn't mean he meant YOURS (and even if he did, why take it personally - different strokes...)

I read USS CLUELESS and ACIDMAN for different reasons. Just as I read THE VOLOKH CONSPIRACY and Lileks for different reasons.

And I really DO think that 90% of the blogs out there ARE crap.

Posted by: Kevin Baker on May 6, 2003 10:25 PM

90% of EVERYTHING is crap. -Sturgeon's Law

Posted by: John S Allison on May 7, 2003 08:47 AM

OT - Sturgeon actually said "90% of everything is crud." -- that always gets changed to 'crap' for some reason.

Posted by: Ben on May 7, 2003 02:04 PM

Thanks fer the linky praise darlin'! (though I must take issue with your use of "yankee-acting" as an insult - after all, it describes about 96% of my speech and behavior!!! It has taken me 8 years in Texas to become even 4% NON-yankee acting!)

You were right: I did not in fact know who this guy was! And I'm not in a big hurry to check out his blog! Though I probably will get around to it just out of curiosity.

Posted by: dragonfly jenny on May 7, 2003 04:46 PM

>>I read USS CLUELESS and ACIDMAN for different reasons. Just as I read THE VOLOKH CONSPIRACY and Lileks for different reasons.


Must be the wide breadth and differernt POVS, right?

Posted by: Andrew | BYTE BACK on May 10, 2003 03:04 PM
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