Friday, April 10, 2009

Caption winner announced; Entrecard Boycotted

The staff at Crotchety Old Man World Wide Headquarters and Discount House of Worship certainly had their work cut out for them as the contest again drew around 50 captions.

Points were scored by Bchbear, Lauren, Chris, Jormengrund, Mike, Moooooog, Lady Sarcasm, Janna, Quirkyloon, Bee, I Hate Commercials, and Shawn.

thought: (he wouldn't be acting so superior if he knew he had bunny crap in his tail)

gets the Zucchini and 500 EC credits.

Second place went to Janna, and third, was Lady Sarcasm.


In an unprecedented move, I am awarding Shawn some EC credits because his caption "Reservoir Bunnies" just made me Photobucket

My friends at Bad Gals Radio are participating in a boycott of Entrecard. Today, Friday, is a drop-free day. If enough of the big droppers participate, perhaps EC will take notice. I have no problem with them trying to make money, as EC has long been one of my favorite ways to find new blogs and connect with bloggers, but the current plan was poorly thought out, and a total disaster.

I don't want to leave EC, but if things don't change quickly, this no drop day is only the first step.
I stuck with them when it was announced, and stayed through the first humongous batch of paid ads, but as I continue to get a boatload of new ads every day, it has become obvious that I was mistaken. EC has become a mess.

For today, I'll leave the widget up there, but won't drop. I'm not sure about tomorrow, but I'll probably just drop on my friends and the blogs I really like to read. That is what I did Thursday, and I was done in 2 hours, rather than the 4 or more I usually spend. I don't just drop on EC, I read every blog.

On Thursday, I didn't waste my time on any of the blogs that still insist on using the Digg Tool that slows down load time, nor did I visit any of the blogs that apparently have a virus that shuts off my computer. I also avoided the blogs that have so much "stuff" that it takes two minutes or more to load. Sorry to be so cranky, but I'm not going to visit blogs when the blogger doesn't care enough to try to make the blog accessible in a reasonable amount of time.

I am not going to "Digg" your post (really, how many are you getting? Enough to warrent pissing potential readers off?) I could not care less what your Alexa, PR, or any other rating is. If I want to know, I can find out in seconds without the stupid widget. I want to read your blog. I don't need bells and whistles that don't work right, anyway.

If you did any of this stupid crap, and you fixed it, I just made you a better blogger.


I also now am on Twitter, so eventually I'll figure that out and get a widget here someplace. I didn't want to do it, but if I leave EC, I'm going to need to do something to build traffic. I thought of providing better posts, but we all know that isn't going to happen.Photobucket


Kelly Ann said...

Oh yay for Dana! I'll get this next time though hehe. :)

Ryan Garns said...

Right on, brother! Slow-loading blogs piss me off, too.

MR. New Dilemma said...

Gee,I hope you will still stop by my site. I did not join in on the boycott because i still need to "earn" my credits considering I will never pay cash for advertising something I do just for fun. But I am declining paid ads, and that should help in the battle to correct Entrecard.

Also don't you feel the boycott wasn't planned well? I mean I found out merely hours ago.

Anonymous said...

Gah. I hate to ask this. But I'm not aware that my blog is slow it?


Unknown said...

TY Joe...good idea !!

tahtimbo said...

Wow, this is the first I heard of "drop free Friday." So, your site will be the last I drop on today. I would hate to see you leave, but I totally understand your reasons. If you do leave, I will be sure to continue visiting your is one of my favorites:) Have a great weekend!

HawgWyld said...

A boycott? Count me in! We'll make 'em take notice, Crotchety.

Shawn said...

Thanks for the credits, glad I could make you laugh.

Couldn't agree more about the slow loading blogs. People go way overboard with adding every single widget, feature, and ad they possibly can until the damn blog becomes totally unreadable. Which is too bad, because some of them--if you have an hour to wait on them to load--actually have good content.

jana said...

Awww... Old Man... I'll still visit you, Entrecard or not... I hope you'll visit me... such bitterness should be shared with friends!

RE Ausetkmt said...

Yippie You Mentioned My Revolting on Friday. and You JOINED US.

WOW ! Talk about a Coup we got it all today. With a friend like you Old Man who needs Entrecard.

you got the word out, and we certainly appreciate it. that's why we came over here from the link that popped up in our dashboard from this quality post.

we come to see what you've written and we subscribed because we know we can always rely on you to keep us grounded as bloggers.
obtw, did you hear - huffington linked to our post on the Turkish Blackface Tv Reporter Mocking President Obama.

can you imagine, a link from Huffington. wowwww.. and YOU IN the Same Week.

SHAZAM MAN who needs Zuccini I got CAKE !

Unknown said...

Congrats Dana and Shawn!

Good luck on the boycott! I wish I could join you.. oh wait.. that's right I already canceled my account. I AM participating

Donnie said...

Glad to see you're still alive Dana--congratulations. Way to go Joe. That's telling EC. I'm dropping about a third of my normal load today which ain't much!

Marie said...

Congrats Dana and Shawn!

Agggghh!!! I'm so torn about Entrecard!!

Don't get me wrong, I am all on board for a boycott. Aging hippie and all. I LOVE civil disobedience! lol

And I don't even care so much about the visitors to me. But I have found so many great blogs through the site.

What to do, what to do? I'm just going to wait it out, but it does make you want to just shake the guys running it. What on earth were they thinking?!?! They really blew it.

Harry Yack said...

LOL@ the caption winner!

I'm not participating in the boycott simply because these days I only drop for fun. I can't say I like the new changes to EntreCard but such is life - things change and if they want to monetise the thing, so be it.

EC is kind of a trailblazer, and since there aren't really any similar type networks of EC's size I suppose they've got the right to tinker.

Good luck to the boycotters.

A New Yorker said...

Well well, let's see. I don't have any of that crap on my blog and yet not one comment in the last few days from you over by me. TSK TSK! Get over there, all of youse and as long as you don't yell at me or spread lies I'll post your comments about the circ issue!

ReformingGeek said...

Congrats to the winner!

Good Luck with the boycott.

Unknown said...

that is A GREAT caption!!! Good job!!

Amen to the entrecard stuff and the slow blog crap and over loaded pages...and ... and... basically I agree with you on all counts.

I think I will not drop today either...however, know I love your blog!

Have a great Easter weekend!

The Self-Deprechaun said...

Thanks for the tips, i will take digg or any other crappy stuff off.

Da Old Man said...

@ Lady Sarcasm: I thought you were going to win. It was pretty close.

@ Ryan: They make me so crazy. I yell at the computer, and it doesn't help.

@ Mr. New Dilemma: I plan to keep stopping by. The boycott was kind of impromptu. It may not have a great effect, but the alternative, and what I'm noticing, is more bloggers leaving EC. I wish the dunderheads in charge react before it becomes a wasteland.

@ Quirky: No, yours is fine. I'd tell you if it wasn't.

@ Dani: Thanks. It was the Bad Gals and Laane who really got it going.

@ Tahtimbo: Thanks. I enjoy your site too. I'll still visit.

@ The Hawg: Thanks. I really like EC, and hope they get this mess handled.

@ Shawn: Glad to do it. I think my judges didn't make the connection with Tarantino. That caption just made me LOL.

@ SpeakDog: Of course. I already put you in my blogroll just in case.

@ RE: Glad to join in.

@ Dizz: You boycotted before boycotting became cool.

@ Don: I'm pretty sure after today, I'm going to only drop on my friends. That should cut way back. And NO MORE PAID ADS until they fix the mess.

@ Marie: Exactly. A really poorly thought out system. I guess they thought dangling a few bucks in front of us, and we would just toe the line.

@ Hindleyite: They certainly have the right to try to make afew dollars. But the way thye did it is so dumb.

@ Lauren: I know

@ Reforming: Thanks

@ Stacie: Thanks. And yours is one of those I read every day, too.

Da Old Man said...

@ Self: For some rason, the Digg Tool does that. I have no idea why. It is fine as part of the bookmark icon/tool.
Go figure.

Kirsten said...

Good one, Dana!
ooops! I dropped a card on you as is my habit when I first get on a site. I won't drop any more though!

feefifoto said...

I'm, staying with EC for the time being. I've also been barraged with paid ads and have rejected many of them. I suspect the onslaught of paid advertising will even out eventually, and I could always stand to make a little more money through my blog.

brokenteepee said...

oooh, sorry, I didn't know there was a boycott and I dropped. *sigh* I am not a "big dropper" so they wouldn't notice if I was there or not anyway.
I am almost an invisible goat....
I hate the paid ads. They seem mostly to be spammy things.

Signe said...

dang...I dropped THEN read. Sorry.

Chaotically Calm said...

Darn I clicked drop before reading the post...don't worry I will hold up my end of the bargain over the next wk.

Unknown said...

I just jumped the EC picket line and dropped on you!!!

Janna said...

Well, at least I got 2nd place.
That's like "losing, but with the least amount of shame".

Entrecard has been annoying me too.
I just posted about it.

LOBO said...

Well, I can take some solace in the fact that I'm not a "Top Dropper" ...

... But I am out here doin my upstarty share.


Da Old Man said...

@ Kirsten: No problem. It's all good.

@ feefifoto: I'm sure they will slow down, but that is only a small part of the issue.

@ Pricilla: There are many lke that, but not all.

@ Signe: No prblem. Thanks anyway.

@ Chaeotically: Thanks. I just hope EC listens to the community. I've seen several good alternatives such as a dual widget.

@ FishHawk: Scab.

@ Janna: I'll be by to check it out.

@ Lobo: Thanks.

Jen said...

I didn't know there was an official boycott. I read about someone who suggested it but never heard anymore about it. I don't think I have dropped on you yet so I won't if I haven't.

I'm confused by the whole thing at EC but was considering getting out of it since warmer weather is coming and I can't see wasting so many hours each day dropping. I still want to visit all my friends each day band ec is a convenient way to do that.

Da Old Man said...

Jen: Until further notice, I'm going to just use it to when I visit friends. The days of 300 per are gone for now.

CastoCreations said...

I just drop on folks I enjoy reading. But I HATE 99.9% of the paid ads. Ug. I have found several great new blogs...just the first day or so of the new site.

I didn't even know about the boycott. =)

Lin said...

This is a big mess. I'll be here reading, whether or not there is EC involved.

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