"Blogger Extraordinaire" Ross Kaminsky - the self promoter who admits he doesn't read conservative Colorado blogs but was only too happy to accept an invitation to talk about the "good, bad, and the ugly" in Colorado and then switch the subject - should have been paying attention at Samsphere.
Now that he is writing for the Gang of Four, we get to see what makes him such an extraordinary blogger.
1. He is addicted to very long essays. He can't seem to adapt his style to a format He writes in the same format where ever he writes. That is really good blogging style. Readers are drawn to long essays and avoid blogs with shorter essays like the plague. That is why so many blogs with long winded authors are successful (including this one).
2. While he avoids reading conservative Colorado blogs, he is quite familiar with the liberal Colorado blogs. When Colorado Pols fisked him yesterday, he very quickly jumped in that mud hole and tried to defend himself. It was a waste of his time. The leftys were soon doing high fives over his still quivering corpse.
While we did not attend Samsphere, we are quite confident that one of the lessons taught was how to operate when you are able enough to write in two venues. Since Samsphere has come and gone and no one recorded the lessons for your review, we will remind you: On your less read venue (or the one you want to be less read), you write the long essays with lots of links. Then on your more well read venue, you write a short essay with a remark that you have discussed the issue in more depth on your blog and provide a link. That allows both those who want the short version and those who want the long version to be equally well served.
We are also confident that Samsphere taught new bloggers that it is a total waste of time to put up a link and write "cross posted at sillyme(dot)com" Would you follow that link to "sillyme" see if it really had been cross posted there? What is to be gained?
Samsphere also almost certainly taught new bloggers to avoid writing in places like Colorado Pols, which exists solely to damage the conservative movement. There are at least twenty liberals who regularly haunt that site in the hope that some fool will try to post a view that they disagree with. You should have known that they would pounce on a global warming post in a heartbeat. That is a religion, and they are the priests promoting it, science be damned. If they could, they would have burned you at the stake, forgetting for the moment that they were adding to the CO2 emissions.
If Samsphere didn't, it should have taught you not to post a comment on a blog that might be hostile to you or your writing. In military terms, every blog worth its salt is a prepared battlefield. The blogger knows what points he would like to make and if he is at all competent, will either make you look foolish or use what you have written to make his point. You can't possibly win.
Samsphere also taught that effective blogging is a team sport. I know they taught that. When you pontificate at length, it doesn't leave much time or room to promote other Colorado conservative blogs. Oh, I forgot, you don't read other Conservative blogs.
Samsphere did teach those points, didn't it, Mr. Blogger Extraordinarie?
Added: Both Rossputin and Ben DeGrow have linked to this essay. I have responded.