Allow me to illustrate the differences in attitude that the left and right sides of the blogosphere have towards small bloggers.
On the right, Instapundit shows how small bloggers are embraced.
CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY ADVICE to blog readers: Don’t do this here, as I don’t need it, but go to one of your favorite blogs and make a donation or send an appreciative email. Especially one of the smaller blogs, where the attention is especially likely to be noticed and appreciated. There are a lot of blogs out there, and the bloggers with low traffic often work just as hard as the ones with big numbers. Let ’em know if you like their work.
And on the left, Atrios lobs F-bombs at us if we dare to question the authority of our side’s larger blogs.
While fully acknowledging that nothing and no one is beyond criticism, that people have perfectly valid complaints about things, that with great power comes great responsibility, and that the world is not the perfect meritocracy we all imagine it to be, at some point I have to say – get the fuck over yourselves and ask yourselves why you’re doing this.
Longtime Mouth readers know that I’ve always had problems with the lack of recognition that members from our side give to each other. I think it leads to important stories and commentary to be buried, and the talents of those being buried could help our side score political victories. Yet if I or somebody else complains about this, we’re labeled as whiners and those who feel like their being eregiously attacked morph straight into martyr complex mode.
And on the right…? Hey, small bloggers are welcome! No insults thrown.
Does anybody else see a problem with this? With our sides seeming lack of openness?
All this has implications which Tas is probably going to continue to overlook.