Saturday, December 11, 2004

She needs you now, brother!

Avenge Our Fallen 177. Vote Gleeson Today!

177 votes snuffed out.

That's right, brother. Snatched away. These were real votes. American votes. Gleeson votes!

They're gone, and they ain't comin' back. They did their part. The only question is,

what are YOU gonna do about it?

We can win or lose this thing, but to win it you gotta get out there and vote!

And don't tell me why you can't be troubled to do it...



Blogger Dan said...

Well, you really only need about 150. And Cranky needs about 20 to catch you. Let's see, how many work stations are there at my office if I open it up today? Hmmm.

Actually, I hope you didn't get ripped because of the AOL or similar glitch. If AOL members are having trouble, I wonder if they are also showing up incorrectly as multiple illegal votes? That could explain why many are losing votes. And the humor category certainly took a drastic turn. I hope Wizbang gets it all sorted out so that whoever got the most legitimate votes wins in the end.

5:55 AM  
Blogger Gordon said...

Sean, you jab Bill about being second to the Kerry Spot and THIS happens? I tried to warn you, friend.

Now we need an MSM hook for this. How 'bout Blofia™ (blog Mafia)?

8:43 AM  
Blogger Robb said...

What? Did you think I hired all those illegal immigrants to vote for ME?

Seriously, though, I'd not even looked at the page in 2 days (nor voted) so this came as a big surprise. I hope the counts are resolved because a winner is truly only a winner if the votes are accurate.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Sean Gleeson said...

Thank you for your condolences. Right now, I am 114 votes behind.

Kevin never told me any details, do all I can do is speculate. If all 177 votes came from one IP address all at once, then obviously it was a hack, and he was right to delete them. But if the votes were from several addresses, over several days, then I think these were honest votes than got unfairly erased.

My wife and I have two computers that share a router. Were our votes deleted? Her parents have a similar setup, and so do many corporate offices. And then there's AOL. Unless Aylward e-mails me with some details of what happened, I can only assume that these are the sorts of votes that got trashed.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Sean Gleeson said...

Update: Kevin e-mailed me. (Thanks, Kev.) The votes were the work of a malicious hacker, but no friend of mine. See my site for full details.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Sean Gleeson said...

And now I am 75 votes behind. Closing, closing,... Talk about dramatic tension!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Sean Gleeson said...

69 votes, still closing...

11:46 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

3% of 2581, or 78 as of right now.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Sean Gleeson said...

You get more accurate results by calculating to the tenth of a percent, instead of rounding to the nearest whole percentage point. For instance, right now, the difference is 2.4 percent of 2593, or 62 votes.

2:45 AM  
Blogger Sean Gleeson said...

Now it's 55. Man, this is killin' me.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Sean: "This is killing me."
Seriously, why? I could understand if it were an election to an office in the real world, or something. And I'm as competitive as the next person. But with vote shifts in every category, known cheating, legit multiple voting (1 a day) I mean, this isn't the Oscars exactly.

The first time I ever saw your blog was probably the moonbat thing, than I saw some other things and I mentioned you in my first post on the whole awards deal here:

I said, "Much to his credit, The Gleeson Bloglomerate is making a very strong showing in the category and is either an emerging talented blogger sure to benefit from this result, or a large family of obsessive compulsives redundantly voting for themselves in great numbers."

Frankly, I thought at the time you were a lock, plus - sure to be a solid up and comer who would soon grow a large readership based on strong talent, etc. In the last week, all you've done is post and comment about a silly contest and maybe given some the impression you're a bit too eager. Marbles is still holding his own and he isn't even posting, let alone campaigning. Could be your efforts are hurting more than helping, Sean. Personally, I believe if you had just kept to putting up good content, the clicks you were getting would turn into readers and votes and you'd be leading right now. Any traffic burst you're getting from the contest comes back to just see another request to vote and at least one insinuation that if they don't, there's something wrong with them.

It's your blog, your call - but I'm not sure you're doing yourself that much good among a would be steady readership with all the politicing. Just IMO, you're looking a little too caught up in a relatively superficial event, instead of the genuine talent I was seeing at first.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Sean Gleeson said...

Okay, it's not killin' me. This whole "Avenge our Fallen 177" is a joke, you realize. There are no "fallen 177," 'cuz those weren't real votes. And even if they were, my war-and-patriotism metaphor is far out of proportion to the importance of the actual event. (But she is lovely, isn't she?)

Your advice is appreciated. I sense that you're really angry at me for something, but I don't know what. I thought we were just joking around here. We've all been tossing around these fake insults, false charges, and bombastic claims of superiority and whatnot. That's what I've been doing all along, only yesterday and today, I've been concentrating on the bombastic rhetoric part. If I've said anything that offended you, I'm sure I was kidding. If my readership, like you, gets the impression that I'm too caught up with the contest, they can at least look forward to tomorrow, when all this fake bitchslapping will be over, and you'll see me win or lose as graciously as any gentleman.

Of course I've been posting riffs about the contest since it started, but I've also been putting up some of the best work I've ever done (if I do say so myself) in the same period. Funny things here, here, and here; and even more serious stuff (as serious as I get, leastways) here, and here.

My contest blogging hasn't really taken anything away from my non-contest blogging, just added to it. My blog has always consisted one or two posts a day from me and my wife, with a combination of jokes and pictures of our kids and pets. (And I've always posted backlinks in the comments of other blogs. I think you've just never paid such close attention to me before.)

Anyhoo, you're right that the contest is pretty trivial. Still, I was stunned by the unexpected departure of my 177 phantom votes, and challenged myself to get them back in the two remaining days. I came pretty close, too. (Still 42 short, last I checked.) Doing the math, extrapolating from the current rates of voting, I don't think I'll make it. But at least I won't lose by hundreds.

Can we still be friends?

2:16 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Sean: "Can we still be friends?"

Certainly, and I look forward to reading some good stuff from you in the future. It's true that I've only been reading recently, as I mentioned in that first post, I think this is a great and deserved opportunity for you to gain new readership. From what I've seen you have real talent and that's all you need, not winning a contest. Though certainly that can't hurt traffic, I understand that.

Part of my thinking on this may be influenced by recent events, comments as regards Allah. If you read his very early stuff - like his first entries, it's fairly clear he had a mission - traffic, popularity, whatever. And there's nothing wrong with that. But it is at least arguable that it may also have something to do with why he isn't blogging right now.

It's unfair to condemn someone for the wrong reasons and I don't mean to be condeming Allah by any means. But I'd hate to see anyone with talent get going in maybe the wrong direction and ultimately lose out and accomplish less with their ability in the long run. One day there will be more "real" money in blogging spread across more than see it now. I'd hate to see some early stars burn out too soon because of poor choices, perhaps.

3:01 PM  

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