Buckdog Will NOT Withdraw From 2008 Blog Awards!
I was recently approached by two individuals who asked me to withdraw from active competition in the 2008 Blog Awards, specifically in the category of 'Best Canadian Blog'. It was argued with me that I should withdraw and throw my support behind another blogger (someone who is neither a Progressive Blogger nor a Blogging Dipper).
I declined the request.
One of the individuals who asked me to withdraw is misquoting my email exchange with her. In her blogpost she states, "One progressive blogger who declined to participate said, among other things, that we are fostering right-wing style competitiveness. I'm hard pressed to see how bowing out of a race and asking readers to vote for someone else fosters competitiveness."
What I DID write was this:
"I think that we all find the 'freeping' that SDA advocates and
encourages is not a good aspect of the blogosphere. It is much more
popular with Right wing thinkers because:
-it is essentially fairly adolescent ... similar to their
-it taps into the highly competitive world view of Right wing
-it has an element of nastiness that adolescent Right wing thinking
is attracted to.
It is not often seen amongst progressive thinkers because, I
believe, we are more reasoned, seasoned, and objective in our
As repulsive as we all find SDA's methods, trying to 'out' freep
them is not, in my opinion, the best strategy.
The fact that kate is not in the category this year, puts her in a
wholly new area for her adolescent minions to freep to their hearts
content. I think Kate will have a hard time giving her blessing to
one of her remaining pals.
Again, I think that trying to do a coalition of progressive
bloggers to one anointed blog competitor, makes us just as
ridiculous as the sda legions.
I encourage you to drop the idea altogether.
I am actively in the running for 'Best Canadian Blog' in the 2008 Blog Awards. I want your vote! Voting is underway HERE!