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Disgusting Side of LJ

ego2-drhannan

Some bloggers consider themselves to be "celebrities," their whole content and personality change as they climb in the ratings. I've noticed it especially with male bloggers - some sense of superiority, stroking each other's cocks by promoting each other in posts. A few months ago, I began to watch my own rating and social capital, for a brief moment in time thinking it actually meant something, or that it was a sign of achievement to be more highly ranked. In reality, it takes absolutely no talent or creativity. The main formula for success nowadays is to write scandalous headlines, even when the corresponding text bears absolutely no relation to the title. Second, you need to crank out a lot of posts, writing one or two stories daily. With such mass production, it's very hard to maintain quality writing and text. Sadly, I've seen many good bloggers fall into this trap, with their content growing worse and worse, while their ratings climb higher.

There is no greater example of this disgusting LJ phenomenon than the vile woman "lenkaolenka," with whom I was involved in the copyright dispute. I remember looking at her profile when she published the first two stories about me, and her ranking was something like 25,0000, with less than 10 social capital. Over the past few weeks, she's discovered this magical formula - trading on the reputation of others (including me), creating yellow headlines, and then promoting her "genius" software in the text and comments. She has a unique and creative Messiah complex, believing she has the most innovative computer software program in the world, teaching pupils all over the globe how to play piano. Yet, the woman can't write a comprehensible text to save her life. This week, an absolute low point, when she created a post with "Zhanna Friske" in the title, and promoted it on the main page. The result? 577 comments, her ranking is now 298, social capital over 1,000. Someone who spits on Americans, their values and behaviors considers such conduct acceptable and moral? To trade on the reputation of the dead?!?

As an American, I can't really understand the world of the Russian blogosphere, or the impact LJ and its bloggers have on Russian society. In general, I have an overall sense of disgust with this platform recently, and this is the reason I write less frequently. When I first came here, there were many interesting. intelligent and creative bloggers, writing about travel and social issues. Now, everything is about fitness, sex, critique of women's bodies and appearance, and the completely absurd and scandalous. What happened here? Why did things disintegrate so rapidly? Do you pay attention to the rankings of a blogger? I very much feel out of place now. :(

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unmodern_person
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)
Don't mind all this attention. Not read the TOP bloggers. They are designed to scandals, cheap news to increase ratings. In order to earn money.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, but the same people get opportunities for sponsored travel, press tours, etc. So, there's incentive for them to continue on with the behavior. It's a pity, but a sad reality of modern day LJ. :(
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saccovanzetti
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:24 pm (UTC)
Could it be just summer blues? Other than travel stories, things really slow down for summer in Russian LJ segment.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have horrible summer blues! I hate this season, and in Washington, DC we have temps +40C now, with very high humidity. Maybe this is why I'm in such a bad and sensitive mood. :(
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kremlin_curant
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
You are so sensitive. Of course the Russia is full of fools, but there are a lot of the decent people also. Pay attention to us who enjoys your blogs, not to them who hates and envy you.
Lenka is a monster. Mad one. She obviously stole that software program because she is not a programmer and consequently couldn't write it.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, mostly decent people read my blog! You're right, it's always necessary in life to focus on the positive. :) Sometimes, this is hard to do, and even I lose sight of this basic human principle.
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juan_gandhi
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
I was sure all this ranking works if you are in the so-called "Cyrillic segment".
Well, of course it is funny watching whether your rank is bigger than that other guy's, but doing it every day, for years, is not it just sick?

It is a Moscow thing, I believe. If you read http://bordur_porebrik.livejournal.com/, you will find a lot of funny observations about all this cultural stuff.

I would not go negative just because some idiots love some other idiots. Who cares. It's been always like this. Beethoven often could not afford paying his rental in Vienna. This kind of humbles, does not it? I'm not suggesting to be poor and have a simple life; I'm just suggesting that it does not matter, all these scores. I am proud to have great people as my friends in livejournal. No, not proud. I have this warm fuzzy feeling, "wow!". And I feel like I have to match.

But the crowds of ignorant idiots, why should we care about them? They are free to have their opinions.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm part of the Cyrillic segment and rankings. I agree, Muscovites live in their own universe. :) In general, there's absolutely nothing I like about that place. Peter, Kazan, everything in these cities is much better. Normal, friendly people walking the streets. :)
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procurator0
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC)
i had to reread a certain phrase in this post twice to make sure i got it right...honey we barely knew u!
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
Which phrase? My English is confusing? ;) I try to use simple words, but sometimes write too much, or too formal for my audience. This is due to my lawyer training and profession.

Edited at 2015-06-23 07:35 pm (UTC)
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sectopod
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:35 pm (UTC)
I have no problem with LJ. Conversely, I found many cool guys from different cities, many useful information and books there.
I read few famous bloggers but they are interesting people and write about interesting things.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
Which famous bloggers do you consider interesting?
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pin_gwin
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
Why do you care about ratings at all? You are so special here that all this noise should not be important. Also - there is a filter in your top listing. 2 clicks and another idiot is blocked forever. I, probably, blocked hundreds in my top, sometimes one phrase at the beginning of the post blocks the author forever. It looks nice now.
Talking about LJ in general - it looks like at the point of saturation and it is polluted heavily by political propaganda, it is hard to expect something different when world international policy is in ruins.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)
I no longer care about the rankings, because I now understand they are an indication of nothing substantive. :) Sometimes I also create catchy titles, but they always have some relation to the content of the post. And I occasionally pay to promote a post on the main page. This is simply so more people can become aware of my blog, and hopefully the readership will continue to grow with intelligent, interesting subscribers. Not maniacs, or aggressive trolls. This will help enhance the discussions in comments, etc. I can hardly believe that I have almost 3,000 subscribers now. For an English language writer in a Russian platform, I think it's a big accomplishment. Much more important than my ranking, or social capital. :) Btw, what do you think about all this controversy over the Confederate flag? Maybe I'll write a post about it.
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_franny_glass
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, LJ has really changed, and not for the better. And yes I totally agree with you about the male top bloggers and their big egoes (to compensate for other small body parts).

I think there are still a lot of people who like LJ and its format, but the shitty stuff being promoted and the increasing "yellowness" are turning people off.

Anyway, I do not pay ANY attention to ratings. I just read blogs that I like, like yours, for example :)

peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:08 pm (UTC)
I can't comment on whether the top male bloggers have "other small body parts." :))) I have not seen them! The format of LJ is great, it's very unique and we have nothing like it in the USA. Almost all bloggers in America have stand alone websites, with readers leaving very few comments. Plus, it's easy to maintain a blog here on LJ, insert photos and text, etc. Even the technologically challenged like me can do it. :)
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leo_sosnine
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm completely on your side.

But really, there are a lot of good blogs that are still here. You just have to be picky when selecting someone for your friendlist and make sure that you don't have any topbloggers in it.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
Good advice! The only top blogger I regularly read is my friend and frequent travel partner Sasha Belenkiy, "macos," but even his content has changed drastically over the past few months. More yellow headlines, fewer beautiful travel stories, photos and posts. Yet, this is the precise reason he is now ranked in the top 5 bloggers.
rider3099
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
To be honest sometimes I’m thinking to leave LJ
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, me too. But I don't know where else to go. :) I need to research a new home. :)
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iiiko
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
lenkaolenka просто идиотка. Ты не обращай внимания. Ты the best!!!!
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
Привет, спасибо большое!
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(Anonymous)
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
People in Russia have been brain washed severely lately. They live in a "virtual world" created for them by Russian government controlled mass media propaganda. Many used to be 'normal' Russians turned into crazy idiots.
sergechel
Jun. 24th, 2015 01:51 pm (UTC)
+100
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1kompozitor
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC)
Раньше в топе ЖЖ были интересные статьи (посты) но руководство ЖЖ изменило свою политику и теперь в топе всякая хрень (лажа, сопли).
На хороших блогеров надо подписываться. Топ ЖЖ уже пол года не смотрю. Не у вас одной такие мысли.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 24th, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC)
Я соглашаюсь!
I agree!
mybathroom
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
I don't pay attention to the blogger's rank and never read main LJ page.
peacetraveler22
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
Further proof that you're a wise man Denis. :)
dim_va
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
Don't worry be happy)
This post is what I think about the LJ.

I have overcome my own crisis about LJ and now I regard it as a place where I can read my friends (persons whose posts are interesting for me, and your posts too) and am writing for my friends (who are interested in my posts) not be worrying about SC and other dummy ratings.

What about "everything is about fitness, sex, critique of women's bodies and appearance" at the top, I see that my "Hide author" link work well and I have my own top.

And don't feed the trolls like 'lenkaolenka' she promoting itself on you.

Write, your readers are waiting for your posts)
peacetraveler22
Jun. 24th, 2015 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't worry be happy)
Thanks! I will try to get motivated and write more often. It's necessary to use this "hide" button, to remove certain bloggers from my TOP listing. Because I can't stand all of these fitness bloggers, constantly posting selfies of their asses and bellies.
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