1. Tuesday, April 20, 2004

    yesterday mr doc searls 

    reminded the world of the cold hard fact that alas i am not one of the vaunted members of the technorati top 100 blogger club, but said i should be considered an a-lister nevertheless.

    with all due respect to the learned gentleman of letters, and a fine example of the gentle wisdom of californias central coast, i will have to disagree with him on this particular point.

    one must draw the line at some point. i love technorati. i am saddened by the brutal truth. but the fact remains that in blogging, just like in life, i am merely above average, and by no means excellent.

    the scoreboard doesnt lie and in a blogosphere where fark is #10, metafilter is #17, wil wheaton is #20, the smoking gun is #43, lileks is #50, belle du jour is #65, rolling stone is #70, ev the president of blogger is #97, and wonkette barely squeaks in at #100 – where the heck do you think dumbass tonypierce.com + busblog is going to fit in?

    not that i care much, the only reason i do this is to get laid, create lies, and have an outlet to remind whoever will listen that not everyone in america is buying the bullshit thats being shoveled on us from washington, but there are several forces aligning against the busblog having a better rating in the links and the hits columns.

    my peers, for the lack of a better word, are hipsters. smart, creative, independently minded cynics who do things like think about the politics of linking a “popular” blog like this one. some think, why link tony, everyone else does. why link the busblog, thats like giving into the establishment. or why encourage tony, it’ll only feed to his misogynistic ego.

    then there are the firewalls who think that theres porn on the busblog and wont let their employees access this r-rated (but not x-rated) flurry of swear words, misspellings, but rarely nude photographs. which is ironic because if this page did focus on nude photographs odds are itd be as popular as the 6 suicide girls pages that are rightfully in the technorati top 100, not to mention their news page which ranks #4.

    i could go full bore politics during the stretch of this next election and start linking and kissing the asses of the quote unquote a-listers whose occasional links would inflate my currently respectable, but ultimately failing numbers

    but at what cost?

    and what sort of example would i be leading?

    underneath every good blog is a theory and an experiment.

    on drudge’s the theory is “we can convince smart people that this is the real news of the day” and the experiment is “how long will it take the republicans to realize that their #1 radio voice is a druggie, their #1 blogger likes men, and their #1 tv host is al franken’s best publicist.”

    on this blog the theory is “wordy prose and pictures of hot chicks will outweigh the fact that the author is neither good-looking, successful, or talented” and the experiment is “despite that, after years of panhandling, a dedicated blogger will be able to have his readers paypal him the equivalent of a new car and he wouldnt have had to sell out an iota.”

    yes i would like this blog to be read as much as wil wheaton’s, but he was in stand by me, people love him in stand by me.

    i cant compete with the kid in stand by me.

    how the fuck am i supposed

    to compete

    with the kid

    not cory feldman and not the other one who dated guiliana depali

    and not river phoenix

    and not the fat kid who barfed

    in stand by me.

    dirty fez + lick blog + blogging.la