Johnny here. I'd like to take a step back for a moment and thank you for coming to this blog. I hope you continue to enjoy yourself here--and I'm sure you will because I am one of the most dedicated and engaging activists I know. As always, I encourage you to leave comments--I definitely want this to seem like a place where open discussion is encouraged! The ONLY thing I ask is that you follow the one ground rule, which is very simple. Don't be rude.
There's nothing worse than people getting overly passionate about things they care about and crossing the line into rudeness. I will tolerate a lot of things, but not rudeness
As long as you're not rude, you can come back all the time--in fact, I hope you come back VERY often, for a lot of reasons! For one thing, that's how I make money--more traffic to the ads on the site means more money in Johnny's pocket. I know, I hate to even bring it up, but those are the facts of life. Everybody needs money to get by and as you may have realized by now, it's extra important that I'm
able to get by because my thoughts on the issues of the day are so vitally important. NOTE:
PLEASE don't take that the wrong way--I'm sure you think your thoughts are important too, but I just happen to be better than most people at keeping my eye on the ball
, and knowing at all times
what the most important thing to be discussing is. (After all, that's why I'M the blogger and YOU'RE the commenter!)
But I digress. My point is, please continue to come back here repeatedly to begin fresh user sessions and to make yourself at home. You can even load the page in the middle of the night--I've got a dude in France who posts crap all night long so there's always something for you to look at! (FRESH CONTENT is the name of the blogging game, my friends, or my name isn't Johnny A.)
Now, you may be wondering--where have all the other posts gone? You're probably saying, Johnny A., haven't you been blogging for several years now with steadily rising traffic numbers and to widespread acclaim? Why is this the only post here on Aravosisblog.com? And the site's format is all off, too. What's up?
If you are asking yourself that, then it is clear that you weren't a visitor to my site, Aravosisblog.com, late last night. I'm sorry to say it got kind of unpleasant around here yesterday evening. I don't want to get back into it now, but let's just say some of my readers (if they even WERE my readers--they seemed an awful lot like REPUBLICAN TROLLS to me) were having a little bit of trouble keeping their eyes on the ball. They took the discussion in a direction I didn't even want it to go. (I KNOW!) So I was forced to delete a few comments. Actually, it was around a thousand or so. Two threads worth. And then I cherry-picked a few from some other threads, too. Oh, and then I banned a whole bunch of people.
Wow. Looking at it written down like that, it seems kind of harsh. I admit, it was a drastic step, and I thought long and hard about it, but what could I do? Of the thousand comments, there were a good 15 or 16 that were downright rude.
You know my rule. That's right. NO RUDENESS.
To tell you the truth, though, the deleting wasn't so hard once I got going, because some of these comments didn't paint me in a very flattering light. Don't get me wrong--I'm totally fine
with that normally... but if comments are going to be rude (
or if they're going to be next to
other comments that are rude)--well they simply have to be deleted. It's like I always say: Johnny A. doesn't like to delete comments, but if Johnny A. doesn't rule Aravosisblog.com with an iron fist, who will?
Fortunately though, now that I've banned the lot of them, they seem to be staying away. That's right--they gave up! Just like the bunch of BIG GIRLS
they are (wink, wink). Which only goes to prove that I was right all along: Those people were not here for the right reasons. They were not
here for what Aravosisblog.com is all about. (Know what that is? Sure you do! I don't even have to say it.)
But back to why all the old posts are gone. After deleting the comments I didn't like, I started looking at other old threads and, I'm devastated to report, I found several instances of rudeness
. (And I'm even sorrier to report, I also found more instances of comments that weren't painting me in a very flattering light.) So I decided to delete EVERYTHING for the time being until I can rework it and rebuild it so it's perfect. I've begun the process of reviewing every post and comment with a fine-toothed comb, as it were. It may take a while, but it will all be worth it because after I'm done, Aravosisblog.com will be as pure and pristine as it deserves to be, consisting only of what keeps bringing you guys back every day: Me! (Johnny A.)
Now, you may asking, Johnny, isn't there more important stuff you could be doing with your time than going through a bunch of posts and looking for rude comments (and comments which happen to be next to
rude comments) and banning people? As a world-class blogger and activist, don't you have better things to be doing?
Here's a straight answer for you, friend: No! What could be more important than this? The country is having an important dialogue right now. As one of the very highest trafficked liberal bloggers, I play an important part in shaping and controlling that dialogue. If I let the discussion on my site veer off into nonsense about, say, I don't know... degrading a group of people that throughout history has had to fight for equality under the law and equality in the eyes of their fellow human beings... or.... my willingness or unwillingness to admit when I'm wrong--well! You get the point. We can't have that.
So don't worry, I should have the old stuff sorted and culled sometime in 2007. Meanwhile, sit back, relax, and most importantly: keep coming back to the site every hour and we'll have a new post for you--even if there's nothing really important going on. We'll get you all riled up every hour on the hour, or my name isn't... well, you know! ;)
Your favorite blogger,
ps. Keep your eyes on the ball!!
pps. Don't act like a girl!
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