Never content to let a controversy die, John Hawkins returns from vacation and promptly starts back on female bloggers – specifically Michele Catalano. You can read his post to get all of the backstory. I’ve picked the two relevant paragraphs to comment on…
Now normally, I’d just let this drop. I think I got my point across, a lot has already been said about it, it generated nice traffic, and fun was had by all…well except for the oversensitive people. But, something happened that persuaded me — nay, FORCED me, to post just one last time. Michele Catalano took my advice & proved the point I was trying to make!
So John hops into the middle of the Spirit of America Challenge, cherry picks a post completely out of context and continues on with his quest to get more mileage and traffic out of tweaking female bloggers. He uses as an example Michele’s Red Sox cap payoff.
You see what I’m trying to get across here? Michele Catalano, who’s a very talented blogger, was already pulling a lot of eyeballs. But, she showed a little cleavage and ***BAM*** she gets a nice traffic boost. She doesn’t have to do it to succeed, she doesn’t have to do it if she doesn’t want to, but she has the option…and it works for her…and there’s nothing wrong with that. Like I’ve said before, “sex sells”.
Nice try John, too bad it doesn’t match the facts. Michele and many others were busting their ass to raise money for Spirit of America last week (and this week). We’ve all gotten hundreds of trackbacks and lots of cross traffic; traffic was up for everyone. Did you know that Michele was linked by InstaPundit as well as a ton of other big and small sites last week? No? Why let a little thing like “reality” get in the way when you’ve got a stale point to make for the third time..
Here is a graphic representation of John’s actions:
Update: In the comments to the post, John says: I’ve gone above and beyond to plug them [Spirit of America] a number of times myself because they deserve it.
See this search of RWN for “spirit of america” – He mentions SoA three times (ever), and only in the context of “visit my advertisers while I’m on vacation.” There was no mention of the SoA Challenge.
You can judge for yourself, but I’d say given the work in the last week of the 100 or so bloggers working on the SoA Challenge that’s hardly “going above and beyond to plug them”.