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One of the articles on my blog*spot that’s gotten a lot of attention, has done so for the wrong reasons.
Folks with a “rip and read” mentality have taken my typed words out of context. In “Two Sides To Every Story,” I present text and video representing opposing sides in a conflict.
I’m just reporting the facts, and, for example, if I say someone is a “light of hope” for a group of inidividuals, that’s what I mean.
Breakdown: If I wrote “Joseph Smith has been a light of hope and a poster boy for those who fancy polygamy,” I am correct. Right? So if I write “May Golan has been a crusader, a light of hope and a voice for concerned Israelis in South Tel Aviv,” is it not the same in essence? I am naming an individual, a position and a following. That’s all. I neither condemn nor condone.
The Problem: People with agendas only see the side of a conflict they want to see.
Speaking of agendas, there’s a disqus commenter with an anti-weblog agenda.
Operating under the hat GeorgeSalt, this fellow clearly has no love for blogs or bloggers:
he left a series of acrid comments after I left a link as a counter-argument on an Atlantic article that attacks the very concept of blogging. The author is clueless as to the reality of the craft, and I was hoping to get a response from him or otherwise engage him in dialog. Doesn’t seem like he’s interested!
I love to tinker and experiment – Lately I have been using my blog*spot blog as a “guinea pig” of sorts to do all kinds of tinkering and testing. From Blog Cap to Cloud Computing, I’ve covered a lot of ground. I’ve also been watching and documenting traffic the search engines are sending my blog’s way. Throw rhyme and reason out the window. And get offa that cloud!
Before I get to that, I still maintain there is some sort of “traffic cap” in place, one that has gotten all to predictable, one I believe is tied in with Google, Panda & Penguin. I’m not going to bore you with the data or line of reasoning.
Having typed that, I notice that many visits made to my blog via iPad and mobile phone are NOT recorded as if they never had happened! I know this because I enlisted friends with such devices to visit the site. Also, people who have me in their feed reader and view content via the RSS reader DO NOT show up on the stats!
Interested in gauging what (if any) local readership there might be (truthfully I have done ZERO to publicize my blog on a local basis) I injected a Mayoral poll. The results were less than spectacular. But then again, I never aimed to build a local audience. So that may be a good thing!
A wonderful post on my internet pal Ana’s blog [“How Ana Offended Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios”] reminded me of an incident involving my Google/Blog*Spot/Blogger blog and the importance of generating original content versus begging, borowing or excerpting material from other web sources.
Just over a year ago to the day, I received a notification from Blogger:
19:41PM 03/29/2012 A DMCA complaint on your content has been received and/or updated.
??? I was caught “off-guard”…
So I checked to see what the complaint entailed: an old (2007) post about Shakira, the pop star. Have a look at the “offending link” [The link actually violating copyright law leads back to a radio station that DID NOT EXIST in 2007!]
The link that you see in the screenshot above enabled the reader of my blog to click on the radio station link so he or she could listen to that particular station’s webstream. In and of itself, it had NOTHING to do with “Shakira” (one theory: a Shakira recording on the radio station’s playlist was somehow accessed by a bot reverse-tracking it via the link on my blog) or anything else appearing in my blog post.
The Takeaway ::: strive to keep content original. Bots searching for copyright content have no mercy, nor do they have human souls.