Monday, May 29, 2006

Q&A with Johnny A-List! (#1: Johnny vs. Atrios)

You might be surprised at the amount of fan mail I get--let's face it, more than just a blogger now, I'm an internet celebrity. But I get a lot of repeat questions, and the time I spend replying to fans is time NOT spent engaging in important blog activism--so for the good of the country, I must begin replying publicly. (If you have a question for Johnny A-List, send it to aravosisblog@gmail.com.) First question:

Johnny, I heard Atrios stopped asking for donations because his "ad rates/sales are high enough that [he doesn't] need to". And now he's raising money for candidates, and even other bloggers. Is your financial strategy so different because your voice is more important than Atrios'--or is it because Atrios lacks your ability to make a difference for America? Hope you're having the record-setting-est fundraiser ever! All the best! - Megan in Ontario
Megan--excellent question. For whatever reason, Atrios is satisfied where he is--just being a full-time blogger, making a good living on ad revenue and sales, having his words reach millions of people, and having no blog overhead costs. That's no knock on Atrios--for most A-List bloggers that would be enough--but a blogger-activist of my stature and capabilities requires more.

Even when ARAVOSISblog was just a moderately succesful "boutique blog," I knew I would someday lead a massive, online community. Sure, my words alone change the world every day, but what if I, Johnny A-List, were the conduit for the words of millions? With my ability to keep my eye on the ball, my knack for fostering community by always saying the right thing, the way I take complex issues and turn them into simple "Us vs. Them" stories that everyone can understand, my stamina for going through countless threads, deleting and banning, deleting and banning, until the dialogue is perfect--well, the sky would be the limit.

Then Jeff Gannon came along and I started getting a LOT more eyeballs. I made sure I owned that incredibly important story, and then I started cranking out even more T-shirts, and doubled my fundraising pleas--and it was all worth it because now I'm only months away from ARAVOSISblog 2.0! (You will not believe the bells and whistles I'm packing into ARAVOSISblog 2.0! I showed Rob the latest proto-type and he nearly shit his pants. I'm not kidding--he couldn't stop telling me how awesome I am!)

Anyway--back to your question. Atrios simply doesn't have that kind of ambition to make a difference for America. He doesn't want bells and whistles. He doesn't want to employ a team of junior assistant blog activists. I mean, he only has like six things in his online store. I don't have time to count right now, but I'm pretty sure I have over a thousand. If THAT doesn't tell you everything you need to know about our relative priorities, I'm not sure what will.

-JOHNNY

25 Comments:

Blogger clonecone said...

Atrios is always stealing your material. He anticipates what you are planning to write and then posts it 30 to 45 minutes before you do. Maybe he should spend more time designing T-shirts and less time pre-stealing all your content. A blog war is in order. Don't let that big girl fire the first shot.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony's right. But it's not just Atrios. It seems that most of the popular blogs and news sites must anticipate and steal Johnny's stories hours and sometimes even days before Johnny posts them. I guess it's because they don't bother to fact-check them as well as Johnny does. Otherwise Johnny might occasionally do the hat tip thing that is the norm in the blogosphere. And the Jeff Gannon thing, for the record, was stolen by a few people at Daily Kos at least a day before Johnny was ready to claim it as his own.

The whole world must be against you, eh Johnny? I guess I'll need to send you another few hundred dollars a month so you can hire some help and get your exclusives confirmed before everybody else steals them.

And sure, Atrios can live on a piddly $15,000 a month with no expenses, but Johnny has special needs. We are his fan club, let's continue to support him during his fund raising drives. Just "trust him" and we'll defeat the bad guys. Just "have faith" in dear leader Johnny, guys.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Ricky said...

But still, anon, it is just a fact that it was Johnny who took Jeff Gannon down, using only the amazing power of other people's research. And as we all know, Jeff Gannon was the most powerful man in America; no wonder Johnny became such an important guy after saving us all from the menace that was Jeff.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Janet said...

It's true. Not only does Nancy Pelosi steal your ideas before you have them, Johnny, but it's obvious that Atrios and other bloggers do, as well.

If they had any sense of morality, not to mention a rampant marketing drive, they'd put those ideas on t-shirts and sell them. Why should you do all the work?!

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, yes....the Jeff Gannon saga....I remember it well....

In the thick of it I actually let myself fantasize about what I would do if I could get to DC -- which of course was out of the question -- I had the sleuthing all planned out....

But YOU could pound the DC pavement, you could do that investigative reporting, you could trail Gannon, why, you could even SPY on Gannon..... I remember being so, so jealous of you -- because YOU lived in Gannon's home town!

I'm sure there was a very good reason why you never did....

Oh, yeah, remember when you were supposed to 'debate' Gannon and you got that little tummy ache? And then you were supposed to 'debate' Gannon again, and decided not to go after all? LOL!!!!!

9:45 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

Of course "arm chair" activism will solve all the worlds problems..duh!! Lets give all our paychecks to Johnny-A, I mean, its very hard work cutting and pasting those links into his posts..with a couple of snarky comments tossed in as well..not like we can all subcribe to any of the news services that deliver breaking news to our inbox..that wouldn't make Johnny A any money now would it? We need to keep Johnny A sitting on his ass,getting all the breaking news via HIS inbox so we don't have to.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, can I change the topic just a leetle bit, please?

I've been getting quite antsy waiting on you to 'decide' what your opinion is about Internet Neutrality. Last I heard someone ask you why you hadn't posted an opinion on that topic, you said you were 'still studying' on it. Reach a conclusion yet?

9:53 PM  
Blogger Karen Zipdrive said...

I was so moved by your latest entry,I have decided to sell the contents of my house and donate the money to you.
America needs you!

11:06 PM  
Blogger Sizemore said...

Uhm, Johnny A-List, if I like tell a secret ... well, not really a secret insomuch as it is a confession of sin but ... remeber that FOX NEWS WATCH transcript and MP3 I pilfered from you and posted on TBT (you know - the one on Gannon your other half on AmericaBlog even linked to after I freakin' swiped it)?!?

I'm sorry for that ... *sniffle*

Does that mean I have to leave your blog now?

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Hey, Johnny A-list, you know what I like? I like when you post snippets by an obscure journalist and call it an "exclusive." It makes it seem like you're a super journalist who leaves the house without Cheetos stains on his fingers and everything. Is it any wonder I've signed up for the automatic monthly deduction. Until I met ARAVOSISblog, I only ever gave contributions to pr0n sites. Shhh. My mom's coming...

7:21 AM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

John Aravosis is a secular internet blogavangelist.

He asks for donations, cries poor, and
then goes on lavish trips.

He claims that he needs money for his new and improved blog. How is this unlike televangelists who need extra donations for new broadcasting studios or to build new churches?

He claims that he is above being accountable for his income.

He tolerates no opposing views or challenges to his authority.

He threatens anyone who disagrees with being banned. This is no different than when cult leaders excommunicate those who question their authority.

His followers attack anyone who disagrees with their beloved leader.

He attacks anyone who disagrees with him.

His moods are erratic, and his tantrums routine. He is becomming more and more irrational.

He has delusions of grandeur.

John Aravosis is simply a cult leader, and his blog is his church, and those who post are his flock.

Cults come in many forms.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

I wrote more about this at everdayactivism.blogspot.com.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Johnny A-List said...

Oh, EverydayActivist, I pity you. Your post is so laughable that I won't even bother to delete it--I'll just leave it up so everyone can see it and have the same chuckle I just had.

Anonymous/Tony/Janet - you are correct--idea theft by Atrios is a growing problem. Perhaps he has struck a deal with the NSA for access to my phone calls. How else to explain all the pre-duplication on his site? He is jealous of my growing blog-activism empire, and the acclaim that ARAVOSISblog 2.0 is sure to bring.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

Johnny, thank you for not banning me.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

My bad! I spelled "becoming" incorrectly in my post. I guess that is why I am merely a C minus list blogger if that, and not an A list super-gay superhero blogger like you Johnny. Send my love to Andrew Sullivan for me.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Lydia Lunch said...

Another thing funny about smelly Assovosis is that his bark is so much worse than his breath, I mean bite.

This blog is still up and running, now
if Assovosis would get off his big bottom (pun intended) and run some of that "fat cat" flab off, maybe he wouldn't look like such a whale in a tux.

And maybe dandy Andy Sullivan would give him a second look at the next Log Cabin Tea Dance.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Back in January, Johnny had an open thread that garnered a lot of comment traffic:
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2006/01/saturday-evening-open-thread.html

A day-and-a-half later, he had another open thread in which he proclaimed "Ok what the heck is going on with the comments? It's like comment traffic doubled overnight..." (a somewhat thinly disguised "pat on my back" post)
http://americablog.blogspot.com/2006/01/late-night-open-thread.html

I wondered what was going on too, so I wrote a small program in five minutes that examined the comments (no, I wouldn't waste my time doing this by hand). I posted the results in the comments for the second post above at 3:12am and was immediately treated like a troll by his regulars for my impudence.

I'm sure the players' names have changed, maybe not, but I agree with "everyday activist" when he said "His followers attack anyone who disagrees with their beloved leader." It's true. Johnny may not have invented the internet but he invented blogging and HOW DARE anyone question anything he says or does?!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Sorry about my earlier post. The article links I posted above won't display correctly.

The first link:
Saturday evening open thread


The second link:
Late night open thread

10:30 AM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

Anon,

It is really interesting how his loyal followers attack those who speak out of line. There was an incident about a year ago when one reader disagreed with John over Andrew Sullivan. That person was then sent angry emails from some of John's regular posters. One even contained a death threat.

Aravosis is just a left wing version of everything he claims to stand against on the right.

You can tell who the most devoted of his flock are simply by looking at the "orchid blogging" comments. They are the ones cooing "Oh John, lovely pics, but they look sooo vaginal, ick."

Or they are the ones fawning all over his many vacation pics, declaring him a talented photographer.

Or they are the ones telling him that he should just enjoy the money his "success" is bringing him, while this money is the result of begging for handouts when his ads adequately
pay him more than he deserves for cutting and pasting the stories others usually find first.

10:40 AM  
Blogger eRobin said...

Aravosis is just a left wing version of everything he claims to stand against on the right.

He exposed that truth most recently when he railed against the "far left" PC crowd who were objecting to the big girl comment.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

Activist, I remember "The Sully Incident." In fact, I was quite involved in posting disparaging comments about Johnny's friend, "The Princess of Provincetown" (links to the now defunct "Milky Loads" site).

I've had comments deleted on Johnny's site and been banned more times than I can remember in his two-year rise to fame and riches.

My momma would be so proud of me for paying attention in my Computer Science classes. "Where there's a will, there's a way." Or, so I've heard.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Rita said...

Aravosis is just a left wing version of everything he claims to stand against on the right.

and

He exposed that truth most recently when he railed against the "far left" PC crowd who were objecting to the big girl comment.

A cynic would point out that this looks as if he realized he couldn't muscle his way into the wingnut 'in-crowd', so he deliberately shifted gears to the left - not due to a massive ideology shift, but rather a marketing ploy to sell himself as a blogger. That appears to be the most important thing to him, ideology be damned. Gotta sell the name - not to mention the t-shirts.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget that disgusting Dan Savage guy went and stole Johnny's idea and all the contact info over that whole Microsoft issue an entire week before Johnny was able to mobilize. What a dick. He didn't even give him any credit.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Everyday Activist said...

"A cynic would point out that this looks as if he realized he couldn't muscle his way into the wingnut 'in-crowd', so he deliberately shifted gears to the left - not due to a massive ideology shift, but rather a marketing ploy to sell himself as a blogger."

I completely agree. He is a bigger prostitute than Gannon!

4:02 PM  
Blogger BlitzGaulAgain said...

With my ability to keep my eye on the ball, my knack for fostering community by always saying the right thing, the way I take complex issues and turn them into simple "Us vs. Them" stories that everyone can understand, my stamina for going through countless threads, deleting and banning, deleting and banning, until the dialogue is perfect--well, the sky would be the limit.


Bloody brilliant! This is exactly what Arabvosis does with nearly every thread - he insults, degrades, and even (sometimes) dehumanizes the right. Then, he expects those of us (me, not you) who disagree with him to be completely civil in our responses. If we are not, we are labelled "trolls." Well, Johnny A commits the first act of trolling when he posts his threads. Sophistry, anyone?

12:11 PM  

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