Nobody likes to talk to themselves. If you see someone doing so, they are either on a Bluetooth or crazy. Bloggers in particular want to ensure that their hard work is not for naught The worst thing for a blogger is to put in hours of work and research on a post only to have it sit there, ignored and unread. Traffic is the lifeblood of a blog and bloggers are not above doing what it takes to get lots of it.
How To Stand Out In A Crowded Field
The blogosphere is quite a crowded field, hence the dilemma to the average blogger: how do I get those eyeballs to choose my place over someone else’s? The age-old recipe is the answer. If it smells it sells, if it bleeds it leads. What do you think will create more waves, a post entitled The Imperative For Separation From The Nations According To The Torah or SHOCKING: HAREDIM Hate Little Girls!!
A case in point.
Consider this blog post entitled: Be All that You Can Be
As of 5/29/12 at 12:35 PM it has 4 comments
Now consider this post: Haredi and Proud (in which he attacks yours truly)
We don’t have access to his internal statistics, but judging by the comments, it is clear what his audience desires. Naturally, he will give it to them.
Another example: Let’s Come Together for Shavuos = 7 comments
Dear Chaya (attacking Haredim) = 323 comments
So there you have it. Controversy, attacks, negativity, Lashon Hara are coin of the internet realm. Asking a blogger to behave responsibly is another way of asking him to shut down his blog. Being that he likes blogging, he is unlikely to comply with either request. Therefore it is up to the discerning reader to make up their own mind: will I get my information from legitimate sources or from purveyors of scandal, bias and yellow journalism.