Today’s Coup de Blog is written by Michael Schechter .
Every day, Gini Dietrich leads you to believe that she is kind enough to provide others an opportunity to give their voice on this blog; to share in her audience.
This is a flat out lie. Having been a long time reader of Spin Sucks, there is one clear and, frankly, sinister intent for Gini’s so-called generosity… she gets to trounce us all in sheer volume of comments.
I know what you are thinking…“You don’t understand, she gives me something to think about every day” or even “I can’t tell you how many amazing people I’ve met through this blog.”
If you want to believe that, it’s fine, but you are playing the fool.
Take a moment and really think about what I am saying. What better social proof is there than allowing every voice, both big and small, to share in your platform and then utterly outshine them all in comments?
Gini is clearly using us all and I, for one, have had enough.
Today, I’m turning the tides. I am taking back the comments. Not just for myself, but for every guest blogger who has ever attempted to swing the bat here at Spin Sucks and has fallen short.
And here are five reasons why you should comment below and help my cause:
- Because I’m dumb enough to try: Wanting to take down Gini may seem like a stupid goal, but it is no small feat for someone who is just starting to work hard at capturing your attention. So share the last crazy thing you did in the comments below and help me reach my utterly petty goal!
- Because you already know Gini: There is no doubt that Gini has earned her comments and continues to earn them every day. But why not try something new? Get out of your comfort zone. Talk to me! You can talk to Gini every day if you want, not so true with the guests, so show them the love.
- Because David should beat Dietrich: We are always so focused on the big guys that we don’t give the poor underdogs enough credence. Sure, they need to earn their stripes, to stand outside of the house for three days before Tyler Durden lets them in, but you have to respect anyone who has enough of a screw loose to hit publish and share their thoughts. We need to help the little guys win; and the best rock in your slingshot is taking a minute or more out of your day to comment.
- Because Gini actually wants you to: Sure she is evil and all, but it is hard to deny that she is giving us a place to share our ideas. If I didn’t think that this was an absolutely horrid act of self-interest, I might be compelled to believe that she is trying to tell us something; that whoever is filling this spot is worth your attention. Lets face it, this opportunity could very well be the break they’ve been looking for. If they offer you value, take a second and comment on their thoughts.
- Because I need the encouragement: In all honesty, I am somewhat new at this. I’m trying hard, but not really getting enough feedback to know if I am heading in the right direction. You may say that not getting the feedback is a pretty good indication of how you are doing, but that isn’t entirely true. It takes a certain amount of critical mass and time to get the needed data. In the case of a new blog, every last bit of feedback is a drop of gold. You can help me, and bloggers like me, to get there faster through your honest input. So if you see potential, comment.
Don’t get me wrong, I know I need to be patient, I know I need to stop questioning Gini’s intentions in public, but going forward, let’s turn the tables on her. Take as much time as we currently spend with commenting on her words, if not more, on the words that she shares with us. Let’s make her ingenious plan to make herself look good backfire, and help a bunch of emerging (and in my case, clearly unappreciative) thinkers find their footing.
Agree? Disagree? That is all well and good, but it means nothing unless you take the time to add your comments below and help me take the first steps towards ending Gini’s reign of tyranny.
Do the same thing for whomever she is kind enough to share with you tomorrow. They may not deserve it yet either, but they could almost certainly use the boost.