Unless I hear something REALLY juicy, but I think Mr. Farago got a bump in hits (but maybe not the kind he was hoping for, hopefully), and a lot more people saw what goes on behind the scenes.
One interesting additive is that there has been a bit of talk about the blatant theft of work written by Tam, and it appears that Robert has apologized for stealing work and has removed the offending piece from his site, or something similar (Haven’t checked) What’s neat about this is I’ve heard several stories of people emailing Mr. Farago about poor attribution, or blatant plagiarism, and getting nothing but a snotty response to the tune of “It’s my blog, I’ll do what I want!”.
Funny how people’s actions change when they know they’re being watched. Reminds me of Bill Clinton apologizing to the US Press Corps for cheating on his wife (this time)…yeah.
So this was briefly touched upon in this week’s Vicious Circle, but I thought I’d expand on what I suspect started all of this.
Honestly I’d forgotten, but I was surprised to hear I might be in the middle of all of this. I made a post a while back talking about taking a vacation of all anti-gun blogs. It was a neat little idea coined by Chris from Ak, given that about 90% of anti-gun blog traffic is from Gun bloggers doing opposition research, or simply scrapping for a fight. The idea was, take a week off and watch their traffic and comments die to nothing. As you can see I also said I’d include Robert Farago’s blog because of his poor behavior, and while he’s bad about linking pro-second Amendment blogs, he’s religious about linking anti-rights blogs.
Seemed to make sense to me, and a few others agreed.
Now what hasn’t been talked about was how poorly the Boycott went. I did it for about a week with one day where I peeked in to a few sites to see if it was working. It didn’t, from all data I could find I could give a generous estimate that about 50 people decided to do something else. Most just stayed and did what they wanted because they didn’t know, or didn’t care.
Only person who actually NOTICED was MikeB302000, and not because his traffic or comments went any lower, but because somebody said his name, and “Boycott” in the same breath, and as both a “Progressive” and an idiot, never EVER miss a chance to play the passive-aggressive victim card!
Like most things Mr. Bonomo says, nobody cared. Its starting to look at lot like he sent my link to Mr. Farago and that’s the basis of the so-called “Black List”.
Yep a failed boycott turns into a “Blacklist”. Drama Llama and trolls all the way up!
Now I don’t link to Mr. Farago’s site because he’s an asshole, a thief, and somebody who is only writing a blog for money and treasure, and has little care about the blogging community, or the future of gun ownership or sports. He just wants hits, ad money, and industry samples. Feeding trolls generates controversy which generates traffic which is $$$. Speaking out against fundamental rights, or attacking members of the community generates controversy which generates traffic which is $$$.
He’s welcome to do all of that (and get sued if somebody can claim damages), overall he doesn’t want to bother with me personally, and he didn’t have much to say for himself when we met personally. So fuck him. He can do what he wants, I don’t care. I won’t link him, and I’ll point out his poor behavior to all who do link him whom I regularly read.
You wanna a blacklist, well there’s a blacklist right here!
That’s funny right there!