So I’ve been banned by Blogrush for not meeting their quality guidelines. They sent me an email asking that I don’t take it personally, and consider resubmitting after November 21st. I believe that it has to do with them being repressive prudes that believe in censorship.
First off, Blogrush, your widget was f**king up my page load times, so you can guess where I think you can shove with your resubmission guidelines. But seriously, the only clause of the quality guidelines that I could conceivably be in violation of is:
– The blog’s content (or advertising) should not contain any of the following types of content: hate, anti-racial, terrorism, drug-related, hacking, phishing, fraud, pornographic, nudity, warez, gambling, copyright infringement, obscene or disgusting material of any kind, or anything considered illegal.
Yeah, “obscene or disgusting material of any kind,” that’s a real quantifiable criteria. Talk about subjective, whimsical bulls**t. My guess is that one of their moderators didn’t like my style, so now they’re censoring me like the crypto-fascist boot-licking pigs that run any number of third-world police states.
I wasn’t aware that Blogrush had a mandate to police the blogsphere. Talk about biting the hand that feeds them: the entire blog-movement-thingy is based on the idea of freedom of speech. Blogging is liberating because there’s not censorship, FCC, or editorial mandate.
In any case, most companies wait until their Google-big before they take on trying to police the internet, so in that sense, I don’t really blame Blogrush jumping the gun: they have a future that’s as shiny (and by “shiny” I mean profitable) as BlogShares.