Reddit is Our New Best Friend

(Edit 8/25/09: Was, not "is." I'm not tolerating such asinine cliquish behavior. Count me out.)

Hey, everybody, happy Monday! I wanted to give everybody a chance to be caught up with the posts I wrote this weekend, so blogging has been a bit light so far today. Instead, I've been focusing my energy on sending Ghibli Blog posts at Reddit. Much of our recent traffic comes from Reddit, and they're the most popular of the social networking sites connected to this blog.

I'll have the report on the weekend box office once the numbers become available. Don't forget to share any posts that you've enjoyed. Every little bit helps tremendously. I'd like to see Ghibli Blog become the #1 Studio Ghibli site in America. Who's with me?

18 comments:

Neito said...

While I appreciate your... Energetic feelings about the Anime subreddit, as the mod, I've gotten a couple (literally) of complaints about the sheer number of posts you've made. Are you using automated means to post?

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

No, I haven't used any automated means to send posts to Reddit, and I wouldn't know how to do so if I wanted. I'm not aware what your policies are, or how you track down spammers, but this site is obviously not one of those. I don't have anything to sell other than a soapbox and many opinions.

Neito said...

Well, Spam doesn't have to be commercial. Your stories are filling up the "new" basket faster than most redditors feel comfortable with, and they're downvoting your stories because they view them as spammy. So you're actually doing yourself a disservice by submitting so many stories. So maybe take a bit of a breather, or suggest to your readers that they submit the stories they think are awesome, instead of submitting them yourself, so it seems less self-aggrandizing.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Great. Just great. It's junior high school all over again. This isn't spam and you should know better. Are you running a legitimate business, or a snobby a/v club?

What kind of business are you running, anyway? If you want to restrict your customer base to whiny, self-indulgent 13-year-olds, then Mission Accomplished. I'll take my business elsewhere. Thanks for nothing.

Neito said...

1) You seem to be under the impression that I'm an employee of Reddit; I'm not. I'm simply the first guy to make the Anime reddit.

2) If my choice was between having every other post be from your blog, or running a "Snotty A/V club", I'd rather have the club.

3) I have had this conversation with others on the Reddit, and I'll have it with you. Spam is a subjective thing. It is mostly "Any unwanted or unnecessary addition to a medium that prevents other conversation and annoys users", in my opinion, which your blog definitly was.

4) If you'd like to continue this conversation, I and the rest of /r/anime would love for you to air your grevences on the reddit itself. http://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/9e5hf/the_ghibliblog_guy_on_his_spamming/ You have my word that you posts will be unmolested.

(The quotes around spamming don't show up in the URL, but I assure you, they're there)

Anonymous said...

Who's being whiny?

The anime subreddit gets little enough traffic as it is that when one person posts and posts and posts, it overwhelms the queue.

Let me put it this way:
We were all having a conversation. Discussing varied anime, interesting things. It worked. You came along, and said, "I like anime, especially this ghibli place!", and we said, "great, you can talk about anime, too!"

and all was well.

And then someone said, "Have you heard of" "HEY THIS GHIBLI THING IS AWESOME, LET'S TALK ABOUT IT MORE!"

Ok...

"and then I saw" "HEY, ISN'T STUDIO GHIBLI JUST THE BEST THING EVER?"

Well...

and then someone suggests that you can slow down your posts, and you call us names and then say you'll "Take your business elsewhere". What business is that?

You're acting like a child.
Stop it.

Anonymous said...

Wow. After reading your responses to a mostly level-headed comment in this submission, I don't think I'm going to come back here anymore.

Your blog is actually pretty good, but I don't think you're the kind of person I'd like to read content from.

Anonymous said...

You aren't aware of a sites rules but you want to get pissed off when one of the admins comes in to tell you what you are doing is against the rules?

Take a DEEP breath, calm down and think about this logically. You aren't being asked to stop posting. You are being told you are annoying people at this point. If you kept SPAMMING your blog it would piss them off and they would ignore your user name. Wouldn't it be in your best interest to slow down your posts like Neito suggested so you can get your message out to more people?

penpen said...

I like bacon.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Hey, bacon! Great! How about pie? Do you like pie? You can vote for pie in our polls.

Anonymous said...

"Was, not 'is.' I'm not tolerating such asinine cliquish behavior. Count me out."

And nothing of value was lost.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Ba-dum-DUM! Hah! That was a good one. Good zinger.

I know I should come up with a good comeback, but I'm short on zingers right now. Where's Don Rickles when I need him? Ah, well.

Besides, I've grown to like you kids. You're funny, like the slow kids in shop class with missing fingers.

Ba-dum-DUM! C'mon, ya gotta admit that was pretty good.

Anonymous said...

...Wow, you're really digging yourself into a hole here, Daniel. Why are you so aggressive?

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Wait, is this because I said I liked pie instead of bacon? What do you have against pie?

The reason why I'm so aggressive is simple. I'm a professional octagon fighter. I live on a diet of red meat, protein milkshakes, and Red Bull. Sometimes I drive my mammoth pickup around the schools and chase down the schoolkids. I don't run 'em down, I just like to see 'em run. Go, Bobby, Go!

Anonymous said...

Nobody cares about reddit... And nobody really cares about Neito either...

There are so many idiots posting hate messages here... If you hate the ghibli blog so much then stop wasting your time... Go back and enjoy your time into the now ghibli-blog free reddit...

Anonymous said...

You're not funny, you're not damning, and you're not in the least bit witty, Daniel. You're just digging the hole deeper with these asinine responses.

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Aww, c'mon. You like me and you dig the Ghibli Blog, admit it. If you didn't, you kids wouldn't be hanging out over here. You'd be visiting the other 10 billion websites instead.

You kids really are fun. You've kept me laughing all through a difficult day. Really.

And don't pick on Neito, he's okay. If you want a good example of what "hate messages" look like, just tune in right-wing talk radio, or go watch "Jesus Camp."

The Kids Are Alright, I say.

Sean L. said...

I'd like to channel Rodney King here: "Can't we all just get along?"

Daniel, I just want to say I think I understand how you felt when the Reddit people responded the way they did. And I don't think it's fair for people to judge you by your frustration. But this conflict seems to be based on a misunderstanding, and when internet drama breaks out, I think sometimes it's best just to walk away.

I hope you don't feel bad. I think the Ghibli Blog is really great. I think your writing is excellent. So smart and creative. And you know what else? I LOVE the fact that you update so frequently. It gives me something to check on, something intelligent to interact with on a daily basis. And I can tell how hard you work on the blog and the great amount of thought you put into it. I appreciate it, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. So keep it up, buddy! =D

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