March 18, 2005

So far...

After being in existance for a bit over a month, I'm pleased to anounce that, despite the grumbing from anonymites, The Inside Dope is doing quite well. Traffic to the site has steadily increased and is now pushing an average of 200 individual visitors daily. Thanks to all.

Judging from the snarky comments from some, apparently they've made an assumption that this blog was run by someone who worked at the statehouse or something. They seem to expect me to know everything before it happens, as if I'm the nerve center of Illinois government.

I don't make any money here, I'm not a reporter, I don't have a staff, and I can't see every story from every source on every subject. I've never held this blog out as anything other than what it states in the header and in the F.A.Q., so why they make this assumption, I'm not sure. I'm sorry I don't meet their expectations, but thankfully, there are hundreds more that apparently find the site to be of interest.

As always, I encourage e-mail on how you feel the site could be improved or what you'd like to see here, as well as what you enjoy.

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At 3/18/2005 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey pinhead. If your not Porter than who are you? If you are going to write a blog, identify yourself. If not, your just another ass with an opinion and free web space. Kind of like having a CB radio in the 70's. Useless.

At 3/18/2005 9:36 PM, Anonymous Peter Frampton said...

Dope, quit taking things personally. You don't have to write long winded apologies about your lack of staff and your lack of getting all the scoops.

Toughen up, young man, and keep blogging. Your site offers many folks in this region something to read everyday in addition to the River Cities Reader.

At 3/18/2005 10:14 PM, Anonymous Fly said...

snark snark snark

I very rarely leave snarky comments. It's kinda fun. ;-)

At 3/19/2005 4:01 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anonymous, get the hell off of here and never come back. Good riddance. No one needs your shit anyway. If you think it's a bunch of needless crap, just don't come here, OK?
Simple. Either grow up and offer something worthwhile, or just STOP COMING TO THE SITE. Geeze, how simple can it be?
You've obviously got no considered opinion on any issues, you've not contacted me by email with any suggestions or ideas. So you're worthless. Just go away. Stop polluting the site.

At 3/19/2005 9:18 AM, Blogger Dissenter said...

Jeez. I wonder why Dope has stopped allowing comments from anonymous users. They offered so much in the way of moronic angst.

Dope, with this unilateral decision, you have doomed us to now engage in a more intelligent and analytical level of discourse. I just hope you're happy.

At 3/19/2005 2:09 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The Dope feels your pain. ;-)

At 3/20/2005 8:20 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And it gives me a small satisfaction to note that those trolls that felt the need to bash the site didn't know how to spell.
I make my fair share of misspellings, but most of the anonymites need to go get a GED.

At 3/20/2005 11:37 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And things are much more peaceful around here since the troglodytes aren't around. I'm a bit disappointed however that they're not ambitious enough to open an anonymous account with Blogger. They must be paranoid that I'll be able to identify them. (proving that they don't know beans about how this stuff works)

I mean, I already know who they are. They're the idiots that make stupid comments such as "This site isn't relevant." or "Get your facts straight" or "You're a nitwit and no one cares what you think"

Hey, they'd all be valid comments, if they could only manage to expand on them a little. Like, WHY do they think this isn't relevant, What are the facts and how did I get them wrong, and ...well, that last one would be stupid no matter what.

I'll keep plugging away here, but this way I won't have to be constantly putting out brushfires from trolls who don't and can't back up their criticisms.

And after all, I'm not banning them from the site, just requiring them to take a few minutes and register with blogspot, which is actually to their advantage, if they'd only figure it out.

At 3/20/2005 11:42 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

OH, and I just re-read the first comment here. It's one of my faves.

The person obviously has almost zero experience with blogs or the internet in general. He whines that unless I indentify myself, it's just like someone on a CB radio.

3/4 of the entire internet is composed of people talking or giving their opinions, etc. So this guy thinks this blog is somehow different??

Hell yes I give my opinions. So what?

And the funny part is that somehow, giving my opinions here anonymously is bullshit in their opinion. But if I did it under my own name, I guess then it would suddenly be fine?
What's the difference? One way the guy doesn't know who to vent his anger at, and the other way he'd have me to focus his anger at?
Yeah, that's a persuesive argument. I really should invite clods like that to personally attack me. Hell, they'd probably come by my house and key my car or otherwise vandalize my property perhaps. And they could start ugly and false rumors about me all over town. Why in the world wouldn't I welcome THAT??

Some folks just ain't that bright.

At 3/21/2005 10:04 AM, Blogger anonymight said...

hello drama, goodbye helpful information

At 3/21/2005 1:58 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You know, I'm sorry that you don't give a damn about threats being made here. But it's damn important to me, and I feel that others should know about it. I also feel it is of interest to others.

And I am sorry that you don't care about my thoughts on things. But that is one of the purposes of going to the time and trouble of putting the blog up. I have the right to say whatever I want here.

You have the right to not like it, but don't expect me to never express my thoughts.

You posted this crap suggesting there's no helpful information on a thread that contains helpful information.

And I can't help but note that you've posted twice. So far, the score for your comments are:
Drama: TWO
Helpful information: ZIP

At 3/21/2005 2:19 PM, Blogger anonymight said...

thanks for proving my point dope

At 3/21/2005 2:27 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Since you apparently think you have a valid complaint, I want you to explain to us how my responding to criticism that I think is wrong is being "dramatic".

I'd love to hear it.

At 3/21/2005 2:30 PM, Blogger anonymight said...

thanks for wasting time dope

At 3/21/2005 2:49 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Oh yeah... time's a wasting! Better not respond to morons and their little one-liners that they think are so clever.

Actually, I must give you credit. You actually figured out how to go register yourself under two different names... ALL for the purpose of coming back and taking shots at me.
Why? To get on my case for responding to people who take shots at me.

I rest my case. This is the sort of aggrevation I have to deal with.

More of this crap and I'll just restrict comments to members only.

No one needs this harassment.

At 3/21/2005 4:06 PM, Blogger relevant1 said...

Don't bother us with this childish nonsense Dope!

At 3/21/2005 6:05 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You may not care that I'm being attacked here constantly with unfair and stupid comments. And I will defend myself and explain my side of things. So please don't tell me that responding to unfair and stupid criticism is "childish".
You'd no doubt do the same thing.
I'm not going to be anyone's punching bag.
And I'm going to continue to respond any time I feel the need.
And if no one has anything to say other than one line cracks and cheap criticisms, then I'll just go to members only.
I don't want or need this site to be full of those who feel the need to take cheap shots.
Constructive critisism or suggestions.... sure. But the jerks and morons posting here don't come even close.


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