Thursday, January 22, 2009

A note for the haters and whiners

I just posted this as a reply comment to a message left about this post, but after pounding it out, I thought maybe it would be worth putting up as a post by itself, since the comment I'm responding to is not the first or only one of its kind.



A few thoughts.

1. I personally would think it rude to complain about a free service somebody else was providing me.

2. If it's really such an intolerable amount of work to scroll past a roughly 8-inch post that doesn't interest you once a day, then stop reading.

3. The guess-the-casino posts do not and have never substituted for other content. They're just a little extra bonus, like whipped cream on your hot chocolate. I understand that some people don't like whipped cream. Fine. Scrape it off. Enough other people like it (including the server, in this case) that it's going to continue until I get tired of doing it or run out of ideas for the series. If you find that too horrible to put up with, go away.

4. The rate at which I post other stories varies a lot. It waxes and wanes depending on what happens at the tables, what other demands there are on my time, whether I feel like writing, etc. Some days I have put up half a dozen posts. Once in a while I get writer's block and go a few days without anything to say. That's the way it always has been and always will be. Even before I started putting up one "guess" post a day, I was averaging 100 posts about every 45 days. If you know of any other solo poker blogger who keeps up that kind of posting pace, tell me about him or her; I haven't seen it yet.

And if the volume of material here is not enough for you, well, frankly, tough shit. I write what I feel like writing when I feel like writing it. I'm gratified that so many people seem to enjoy reading enough to keep tuning in. If you don't, OK, I'm not going to be offended if your eyeballs no longer hit my page. But it's a waste of time and breath to try to get me to be something other than what I am, or do something other than what I feel inclined to do. I don't work for you. This is a labor of love. If you like it, great--I'm delighted and flattered. If you don't, wouldn't it be classier to just quietly move on and find other blogs you prefer reading than to bitch that I'm not to your liking?

5. None of this is meant to discourage constructive criticism or reasoned disagreement with some point of view that I've expressed. But that's not what we're dealing with here. At issue is what frankly sounds to me like a 2-year-old crying that he is being served vanilla ice cream when he wants chocolate. For that I have little patience or sympathy.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you 110%, if I don't like whats on the tv, I change the channel, and by the way I do enjoy the guess the casino game as I am not from Vegas, so it gives me the opportunity to see parts of casinos I never would get to see. Keep up the good work

Brett said...

Well said!

Sonata#8 said...

No problem with the Guess the Casino posts, but did you have to use the word "haters"?

Josh said...

Hear, hear Grump.

I like your blog and especially enjoy the fact that you post frequently. I'll never understand people who complain about free stuff.

Champ said...

I like the features unique to this blog, including 'guess the casino' and 'poker gems'.

NewinNov said...

Ha ha. Gotta love arguing on the internet.

WindBreak247 said...

I love the GTC posts. Keep 'em coming!

Anonymous said...

Right on Grump, keep doing what your doing, and thanks for the continuing terrific blog, easily the best of its kind on the web.

Anonymous said...

Rock on, Rakewell

Anonymous said...

I understand and agree fully with at least comments 2-4, and I was one of the commenters who don't like the guess the casino series.

Julius_Goat said...

This post was BORING. POST ABOUT POKER! No, not Hold 'em. Post about Razz! Noooooo not THAT hand, post about when you got the WHEEEEEEEEEEEEL!

Cardgrrl said...

Amen. I am continually stunned by the obnoxiousness that people seem to feel free to spew from the anonymity of the intertubes.

bastinptc said...

Someone grumpier than you out there in the poker world? ;-)

TexasRedeemer said...

Keep up the awesome blog!

I do skip through the GTC posts but there is no reason to mind them.

The poker posts are among the best out there.

Anonymous said...

Can you include a few attractive girls in your guess the casino series? How about guess the casino where I spotted this nice waitress... Just a suggestion ;)

Short-Stacked Shamus said...

Hey hey hey hey! Whoa. HOLD ON a minute!


Where do I click for the ice cream?

Mike said...

You are 100% right but that still doesnt change the fact that Guess The Casino section sux.

Gunslinger said...

Just remember, Grump, that for every bad or negative comment you might get here, there are probably 20-30 or more of us readers who love it all, and don't bother to tell you.

Keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

Waait a sec....
How come I didn't get any Hot Chocolate??

L.O.

Gmello said...

Hi Grump, I think some of your words may have been aimed at me, although I can't be sure since I didn't read the whole rant. I don't have time for angry internet arguing. All I was saying was that the guess the casino posts detracted from the main plot, which is poker. It sucks. Think of it as constructive criticism, don't lose your mind my friend. Breath slowly and carefully and move on. You'll be ok.

Cardgrrl said...

Hi Grump, I think some of your words may have been aimed at me, although I can't be sure since I didn't read the whole rant. I don't have time for angry internet arguing.

Wow. Just wow. Amazing condescension and arrogance... "I can't be bothered to read your pesky posts or engage in dialog with you (especially if YOU criticize ME), but I will advise you to chill from my great position of intellectual and emotional superiority." He apparently does have time to leave snippy comments though.

Hammer said...

Forget the haters.
Keep doing your thing,
plenty of us appreciate the
QUALITY and the quantity
you provide.

voiceofjoe said...

Keep the Guess Casino's coming - especially those with a few more clues, that allow and educated guess for us non-vegas regulars