Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Monday, January 05, 2009

Do It For The Children

If you feel so inclined, please vote for The Stupid Shall Be Punished as the "Best Up and Coming Blog" in the 2008 Weblog Awards by following these simple steps:

1) Click on this link

2) Click the circle to the left of "The Stupid Shall Be Punished"

3) Check out the other categories, and vote for your other favorite blogs (including A Blog For All in the Best Small Blog category and Argghhh! in the Best Midsize Blog poll)

4) Repeat every 24 hours through January 13th

Thank you very much. My kids will appreciate it, and you'll know you've made an old submariner happy.

Update 0931 06 Jan: Thanks to everyone's hard work, I've moved into 2nd place, but I'm still 50 votes behind Savage Politics (rumors are that they're working with ACORN). Vote for me!

Update 0535 07 Jan: This is turning into a really good three blog race. As of now, I'm in 2nd place, with 301 votes; I'm 37 votes behind Savage Politics, but 34 votes ahead of McClatchy Watch. (Rumors that both of these blogs are fronts for the International Communist Conspiracy should be completely discounted, IMHO.) Today's my "Friday" at work, so tomorrow I should return with more actual blog content, rather than just this pathetic bleg for votes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Let's see,

I just voted, and it looks like you're 3rd in the running, Joel. 2nd place has range on you by a weak 1.7%. 1st place is holding at 28%. You're definitely a black shoe in for 2nd place. Hopefully, a few more readers will vote for you and you'll have this thing beat.

Good Luck Buddy!

Thanks, J.

1/06/2009 12:09 AM

Blogger Rick said...

you are second at 101 votes, first is 161 and third is 93.

more votes will help, first is easily within reach.

1/06/2009 4:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can also vote from different url. I vote from work and from home.

1/06/2009 11:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link is acting quirky. I think you're being subjected to a denial of service attack!

Submariners unite! Dyslexics untie! Everyone find a way to vote for Joel and TSSBP!

And, just like in Chicago: vote early, VOTE OFTEN!

1/06/2009 5:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got this Sub Wife's vote!

Good Luck Joel!

Marie : -D

1/06/2009 7:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel! Campaign more! Make the link larger and keep it at the top of the blog. Shanghai other sub bloggers into putting the vote link on their blogs. Get Salamander involved.


1/07/2009 8:02 AM

Blogger J120 Bowman said...

Alright folks, vote from work and home everyday and you can double up on votes!

You too can be one of "Bubblehead's Kids!"

1/07/2009 4:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, this is pretty tough. I like your blog but I really hate my local McClatchy rag and that makes me partial to McClatchy Watch...

1/07/2009 10:00 PM

Anonymous I'm a veteran said...

Just voted for you.

Now, you're on the 2nd spot. Good luck!

1/08/2009 2:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bit off-topic, but interesting nonetheless: here's the USAF new counter-blogging guidance:

Air Force Releases 'Counter-Blog' Marching Orders by Noah Shachtman, from Danger Room (Wired), January 6
Bloggers: If you suddenly find Air Force officers leaving barbed comments after one of your posts, don't be surprised. They're just following the service's new "counter-blogging" flow chart. In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force's public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle "trolls," "ragers" -- and even well-informed online writers, too. It's all part of an Air Force push to "counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force," Captain David Faggard says.
Over the last couple of years, the armed forces have tried, in fits and starts, to connect more with bloggers. The Army and the Office of the Secretary of Defense now hold regular "bloggers' roundatbles" with generals, colonels, and key civilian leaders. The Navy invited a group of bloggers to embed with them on a humanitarian mission to Central and South America, last summer. Military blogger Michael Yon recently traveled to Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
In contrast, the Air Force has largely kept the blogosphere at arms' length. Most of the sites are banned from Air Force networks. And the service has mostly stayed away from the Pentagon's blog outreach efforts. Captain Faggard, who's become the Air Force Public Affairs Agency's designated social media guru, has made strides in shifting that attitude. The air service now has a Twitter feed, a blog of its own -- and marching orders, for how to comment on other sites. "We're trying to get people to understand that they can do this," he tells Danger Room.
The flow chart lays out a range of possible responses to a blog post. Airmen can offer a "factual and well-cited response [that] is not factually erroneous, a rant or rage, bashing or negative in nature." They can "let the post stand -- no response." Or they cancan "fix the facts," offering up fresh perspective. No matter what, the chart says, airmen should "disclose your Air Force connection," "respond in a tone that reflects high on the rich heritage of the Air Force," and "focus on the most-used sites related to the Air Force."
Despite the chart's sometimes-stiff language, former military spokesman Steven Field says he's "a fan." Field, who's been occasionally critical of the armed services' blog outreach efforts, tells Danger Room: "I've always thought that a military-like process would be a good bridge to connect the services with the blogosphere. There's a field manual for everything in the military, so this flow-chart presents online communications in a DoD [Department of Defense] friendly format."
One stipulation -- While it should be a guide of communications, it shouldn't become a ball-and-chain. Online comms require some level of nimble, on-your-feet response. As long as the Air Force doesn't use the "evaluate" phase to get approval from every Tom, Dick and Harry in the Pentagon, it should be a good tool.
"Now they just need to lift those damn IP [Internet Protocol] filters," Field adds, so airmen can actually read those blogs that they're supposed to respond to.

1/08/2009 6:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seven computers at work, Thurs, friday, sat, sun, monday = 35 vote. No wonder we pulled ahead.

1/09/2009 1:18 PM


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