On April 26th, I read a post about Blog Tipping written by Liz Stauss, that gave props to a post written by Easton Ellsworth about Blog Tipping.
It harkened me back to a post I wrote 9 days before that where I called out an A-lister who would not use a link, Trackback or Ping.
On April 26th I claimed Link Leak as my own, defined Link Leak and gave full credit to the Indie Virus before me and to those who had been Blog Tipping before me. I then started the Link Leak Virus on May 4th.
During this whole time, I gave full credit where it was due. I’ve never been afraid to link out, give credit or try to help any blogger out there.
There are several out there whose blogs have been built by my staff, several who have had us troubleshoot their problems, we host a few on our own servers, we have done design and Photoshop work for several, etc. Never have we turned down anyone who needed help. I might be handcuffed after today, though, as I shook hands on a deal to be the blogger for a local company. It’s a 5 figure deal and I’ve been telling you guys to do more of this and not try to write for AdSense. Advertising and corporate dollars are WAY BIGGER !
Now to my problem. The post that precedes all of this is the one on April 17th about, ” How Much For A Link, Trackback or Ping ? ”
This post is about one particular A-Lister. He has since changed his way for the better and is now known to do a WHOLE POST about someone elses post. That is blogging like it’s supposed to be done.
Now we have another A-Lister who has followed the dark path. Darren Rowse has not participated in any of the above mentioned blogging promotion operations.
I emailed him and asked for some help with the Link Leak Virus, without a response.
I’m sure he saw The Indie Virus.
I’ll bet he saw Liz blog tipping. Maybe he saw Easton, too.
I was, repeat was, linked to ProBlogger on several of my 13 blogs. No More. I have removed them all. For now and maybe forever.
Because today he has a cute little pink button on his post titled Link Lust. See there, I even linked to a post that made me pissed.
Why am I pissed ?
Is he not entitled to blatantly copy all of our previous hard work without even a hint of props ? Sure he is.
There are no new ideas. Just new implemetations of old ideas.
Read that again and remember it forever. Especially here in the blogosphere.
What could he have done differently ?
He could have said after reading all about our Link Leaks, Blog Tipping ( which is where he got the three links thang in his post ) and Link Leak Virus that he had decide to jump on the bandwagon and do a little himself.
But he didn’t. He was selfish. He was a link hoarder, at least for that moment.
He didn’t repay all the Trackbacks I’ve left for him. Nor the Pings. Nor the good things I’ve said, like, ” Darren Rowse and ProBlogger is one of the reasons I blog. One of the two or three most influential people I’ve read. “
He chose to shun us, to diss us and to be selfish. I’m choosing to call him out.
I don’t expect to win. I don’t expect him to reply. I fully expect all the Rowse-ettes to flame me and say I’m link baiting, a term I only learned in the last couple of days, as someone said that’s why I started the Link Leak Virus. Bull, is all I can say. I’ve gotten jack squat out of it…except for the knowledge that several bloggers have been linked to that would have never seen the light of link day before those 3 projects were implemented.
There’s only one or two good things that can come out of this.
1) Darren will say, ” I was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see. ”
2) All those who hate A-Listers will jump on my bandwagon and I’ll get beaucoup links and several thousand new readers. New readers who I will entertain and educate with my witty posts and simple logic. That’s a joke, son. Props to Foghorn Leghorn.
The bad things that may happen ?
Don’t know. Don’t care. Maybe he won’t ever link to me. Hasn’t yet, so what’s the loss.
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