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How To Run a Smear Campaign on Your Blog While Cutting Out the Self-Deprecating Nonsense

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by Treadmarkz

“Mindless nonsense”

“a blog about nothing”

“rambling, incoherent fluff”

“pointless yammering”

We’ve all seen them. They are taking over the blogosphere. Self-deprecating blogs written by bloggers who attempt to set themselves apart from the pack by insisting, right out in the open, in the title of their blog that they have nothing to say.

Unfortunately I think the whole mad cycle begins with WordPress itself. If you are a WordPress blogger you will remember that when you started your blog, before you gave it a proper title, the subtitle read “Just Another WordPress Weblog”, something like that. Some people have chosen to keep that sub-heading. Generic, lifeless, non-committal. Bloggers may start their blog with high hopes of putting on display their original opinions, concepts, and points of view, only to quickly find that they are just one of millions. And it quickly turns them negative. Why?

I mean, sure, we aren’t necessarily aspiring toward professional journalism here, but at least the goal should be credibility. Or at least to have a concrete point. This is not to say that these people actually are without a point or lack “something to say”. But these titles do not help convey that. Not at all.

God knows I am as self-defacing as the next guy in my everyday dealings with family, friends, etc. But this… I’ll give you an even better example. I saw a blog posting one time with the title “Don’t Even Bother Reading This.” You know what I did? I didn’t read it.

It reminds me of the “negative campaigns” that U.S. Presidential candidates are often accused of running against each other. Only in this case, bloggers are using these smear tactics against themselves. If you are going to do it, I say why not do it to smear your competition? To bring into question the credibility of a blogger who runs a blog similar to yours?

For example, on this blog, I usually discuss a wide variety of disabilities, usually focusing on issues regarding those of us in wheelchairs. So, suppose I decided to run my smear campaign against “Disabilities Blog X”. In that case, I might say “Disabilities Blog X: They haven’t got a leg to stand on.”

It would take something much better than that, I am sure, but you get the idea. And, no, that slogan would not be self-deprecating just because I am in a wheelchair myself. I am merely using what I know about my competition and spinning it to my advantage.

How about “Disabilities Blog Y: At Least It’s Not Mindless Rambling Rubbish Like Disabilities Blog X.”

Well now that I’ve shown you the way, stop smearing yourselves, and get out there in the blogosphere and play to win! And, you know, don’t go making any enemies, for God’s sake, but set yourself apart from the rest

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Obama’s Got a Plan for the Disabled

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by Treadmarkz

(I wrote this commentary just before Super Tuesday, but the facts remain the same and hold true)

As I write this, Super Tuesday is one week away and I am doing some final “soul-searching” while researching the candidates. Beginning with the leading Democrats, I noticed something. Each candidate has a drop-down menu titled “Issues” on their homepages. Though Clinton’s covers health care, and she clearly makes it a high priority, nowhere on her list do I see anything about the disabled. Barack Obama has a similar drop-down list and “Disabilities” is the second item on the list. Check out Obama’s campaign video here.
Granted there are much bigger issues to tackle in ’08. I understand that. The war and the economy are big problems that the new President will need to work hard to sort out, and it is important to know who we want leading us in these endeavors for the next four years. However it bothers me that even though Republicans John McCain, Mitt Romney and Michael Huckabee all have a detailed section on health care, none approach the subject of the disabled, and even health care seems to be slipping down the ladder of importance for these GOP candidates.

The internet is where the candidates should be reaching out to the masses with their entire message. So if the disabled are part of the agendas of these candidates, where is the proof? Health care and Social Security is going to be a big issue for all of us one day. For some it already is. Some disabled people are completely covered by Social Security and hope to remain so. But Obama tackles issues that are the keys to keeping disabled people thriving, successful members of society such as education and employment for the disabled, discrimination against the disabled (contrary to my experience, it IS out there), and independent living.
Give it some thought before you cast your vote on Super Tuesday and in November!

I’m Treadmarkz and I approve this unbiased, factual message.

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January 30, 2008 at 5:01 AM