Note: For new Wizbang readers (or those who have just forgotten), neither Paul nor Jay Tea are involved in any aspect of The Weblog Awards. Any posts of theirs dealing with the topic are personal opinions only.
I have a lot of people who ask me why I have such a mediocre job. With my intelligence and gifts, they say, it’s a real waste for me to be doing what I am, at that pay rate.
I answer that I have a rather perverse “gift.” It seems that the greater knowledge and skill I have, the less people are likely to pay me for using it. For example, I can do a lot of math problems in my head faster than most people can with a calculator — but calculators are under a buck these days. I have an excellent gift for spelling and grammar, but everyone has a spell-checker on their computers these days. I have a lot of interesting skills, but there simply isn’t a demand for them.
WIth that in mind, I have to say I have a great deal of sympathy for the left side of the blogosphere. They have a remarkable ability to organize themselves behind a cause, to rally overwhelming support and utterly dominate elections.
Unfortunately, it only seems to hold true for things like the 2005 Weblog Awards, where they managed to run away with several of the top prizes. When it comes to things like real elections, they are utter and complete failures. For example, I think Kos has a perfect 0-18 record for backing losing candidates.
It’s a terrible burden, to have abilities that no one wants, and not the ones that people need. I think I’ll see how the master buggy-whip makers adapted…
Further disclaimer: as Kevin said, I had nothing whatsoever to do with the Awards. In fact, I only voted on three days, I think. And this piece was written before I actually looked at the results, but based on the results I’d noted while voting and last year’s results, especially the rampant cheating by the Kos Kiddies, with the benign consent of Kos. Personally, I wish all the competitors had as much fun with it as Chris Muir Cox & Forkum did. Or took the opportunity to do something like this.