Please to be noting that this is not written with any specific person(s) in mind: it's my asspinion of an overall impression I've gotten of Cyberia (head-bob to @jettsuperior for that term) for a long, long time. And since the shingle outside my door states this is my little corner of the universe, I'm entitled to my asspinion in this space. In turn, you're entitled to completely disregard it and close said door.
I've spent my morning skimming over the latest innertubez dust-up and thoroughly reading some freaking amazing posts that, if not directly in response, certainly seem to fit the situation. Now, lest anyone think I'm trying to link bait or ride on coat tails, I'm not going to link back to those posts (however, if you are friends with me on facebook, twitter, stumbleupon, or digg, I'm sure you can figure it out cuz you're all smart like that). There have been accusations of big bloggers vs. little bloggers, who is "A-list" and who isn't, and shocked "How DAAAAAARE yous!" when a small-time blogger has the *cough*balls*cough* to speak to someone in a higher rank. I... *heavy sigh* Yeah.
I haven't been involved in the whole blogging/twitter scene for very long (three years, I think?), but I've been heavily involved in all things interwebby for over ten years - I'm not a newb (but SO WHAT if I was? Didn't we ALL start out that way at some point or other, for the love of Pete?). However, there seems to be a completely different set of internet politics when it come to blogging and twitter: holier-than-thou, self-righteous indignation flows through nooks and crannies, soaking everything in pissed offedness and hurt feelings on either side of the line drawn in the sand.
Reading all these things about "who does he think he is, posting that THERE?" is forcing me to recall my own entry into the twitter/blogosphere. Now, I did have the benefit of message board culture and knew that it's best to test the waters before jumping in feet first (although a lot of people will tell you to completely forget that line of thinking and do a fucking cannon ball into the pool); I just didn't know that this rule was somehow amplified with bloggers. I'm sitting here torn between cringing at the thought of some of the "popular kids" rolling their eyes at my pathetic @ attempts and saying who the fuck cares.
Three years later, I still don't understand what, exactly, makes someone an A-list blogger. Is it who you know? Where you write? The number blog/twitter/facebook fans you have? The traffic you get? The money you make? To me, that boils right back down to "the little people": much like a singer or an actor or a best-selling author, you very well might have the talent to make it big, but would you have gotten to where you are - or been able to stay on top - without the small-potatoes fans? And how the hell is someone who just happened to accidentally stumble across your blog, stuck around to read it enough to grow to like you/your content/your writing style, and *gasp!* found it acceptable to "talk" to you supposed to know that they're not supposed to look the Emporer in the eye until they've reached 4,000 blog hits and 300 twitter followers? I don't know about you, but I'm still waiting on my Blogging Hierarchy Flowchart, yo.
All I know is that if I ever got so freaking popular (HAAAAA) I was all "WHO does s/he think s/he is, talking to me?!? *sneer*" I'd be pretty disappointed with and disgusted by myself. (I kinda want to be all "Check yo'self before you wreck yo'self," but I don't know if I can pull it off... *grin*) As I've said all over the place for years - inside the computer and outside - it's about the Golden Rule, kiddies: treat people as you would like to be treated. It's really not rocket surgery.
And I swear to Ceiling Cat, if I hear/see/read one comment intimating that I'm "jus' jelus," I'll stick my jealous foot up someone's ass.