At the time of this writing, I have had 10 articles make it to the main page of digg and receive multiple votes. In addition to that, I have had 7 more articles make it to the main page of digg only to get buried after a few minutes.
Here’s the thing: The 7 times I was buried? I agree with wholeheartedly. Not everything I say can or should make it to the main page of digg.
I could be mistaken, but digg seems to be primarily a news site. I’ve said this before, but my website is not news. It is a conglomerate of my poorly thought out and inadequately researched opinions. Granted, I’ve seen opinion pieces make it to the main page of digg before and if you think something I’ve written was quality enough to hang, by all means, digg me.
However, also keep in mind that I like to update around 5 times a week. I can’t be thorough and involved every single day. Sometimes I’m too busy, lazy or drunk to write anything more than a little blurb, so I post something funny my brother said or I’ll point you in the direction of something interesting I found on the web. This shit should not be submitted to digg! It pains me to state the obvious like I am right now, but lately I’ve been feeling like I could take a shit on my keyboard and some obsessive whore would take a picture of it and submit it to digg.
Don’t believe me? On January 5th, I wrote a short blurb where I called the Venus Vibrance razor blade a stupid Christmas present. The entire thing was roughly a paragraph long and it was completely devoid of interesting commentary. Unless, of course, you think my thoughts on toiletries are particularly revolutionary or insightful. And if you do? Please kill yourself. We don’t need you. But, my point is, not only was this paragraph about the Venus Vibrance Razor blade submitted to digg, but 13 of the stupidest people who ever walked the planet dugg it.
On January 16th, a quote from my brother that consisted of only two sentences (TWO SENTENCES) was submitted to digg. Are you people fucking serious? Do you honestly believe that my brother’s vague desire to hit someone with a rock should hit the main page of digg next to stories about the war in Iraq and women who put their babies in the microwave? To pour salt on the wound, 6 barely functional retards dugg it.
Yesterday, I wrote about some of the advertising trends I’ve noticed on my website. Information like this is only interesting to me and the handful of people who buy my ads. Yet, it was submitted to digg. At this point, I became frustrated and took my digg button down.
I want to use the digg button. I really do. But I also want you to use good judgment when submitting my stuff. Consider things like the audience you’re marketing to. I’ve noticed that digg users tend to be young, male, tech geeks. So if I write an article about how painful my fucking period is, it doesn’t make sense to submit it to digg, now does it?
People have speculated that those who dislike me have used to digg as a crude way to leave me nasty comments since I don’t allow comments directly on my own website.
To circumvent this, I’ve decided to make my critics a deal. If you visit technorati and do a few choice searches, a couple of VA hate sites should pop up. These places are dying for your traffic. Leave your nasty comments there and I promise that I will swing by every once in a while to check them out so the hours you spent frantically thumbing through your thesaurus desperately searching for clever ways to call me a ‘bitch’ don’t go wasted.
But please don’t compromise the integrity of digg because you think I’m a big poo poo head. Digg doesn’t deserve it.
I’m adding my digg button back now. Please digg wisely from now on, folks.