Dear Readers please allow me this personal thought.
Today, I was Banned From Little Green Footballs. My Crime, I am friends with Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and I link to both Pamela and Robert Spencer.
Pamela and Charles Johnson of LGF had a now famous falling out about a year and a half ago. On this site and especially on LGF, I have stayed out of it. Although I have discussed with Pamela privately as friends do.
To be honest, Charles is a legend in the blog world, he has done so much to legitimize the “blogisphere” as a news source, he has outed false reporting from the mainstream media more times than I can name. I will not bad mouth Charles on this site. I have learned much from him.
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But I have been saddened by the way Charles has distanced himself from Pamela and others in this small world of blogging, Robert Spencer for example whose work I link to on my site Charles also mentioned in his email to me explaining the ban. This blogging world which Charles helped to created is too small and faces too many challenges for us to fight amongst ourselves. Even the words we use with each other are a signal to how we should be dealing with one another words like link, pick-up and hat tip.
Unfortunately while I am respectful of Charles and all that he has done for me, there is one thing I value more than anything, that is loyalty and friendship. It was three years ago, in June 2006, when I decided to post regularly on these pages. In those newbie days, Pamela Geller (even then one of the biggest names in the blog world) was always there to answer my questions, give me advice, tell me that the hard work was making a difference.
It is three years later and she is has become a close friend, and I don’t give up friends for anybody.
Charles I feel bad that I am on the banned list, you cut the path that I now take, and The Lid is better off because of being associated with you.
Additionally the ban I will hurt traffic, LGF regularly contributes up to 20% of my readership. But more important is one of the things I learned from LGF, don’t abandon what is right. That traffic will be hard to make up, and my growth as a blogger will be stunted a bit, but friends you can trust are amongst the hardest thing in the world to make. I will not sell out my friends for traffic.
I thank you for the learning and wish you nothing but success.