Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Deep Six

Not Right About Anything is six years old today. I just turned 30, which means I’ve been blogging for one-fifth of my life. Wow.

Hell, I remember being six years old. And now my blog is old enough to graduate from kindergarten. I should have it perform a song or something.

Maybe “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”?

Six years doesn’t seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but for a commitment-phobe like me, it’s a pretty substantial accomplishment. The longest I’ve held a single job was seven years — a part-time scholarship job that got me two college degrees. My longest relationship is eight months. The idea of a five-year plan is absolutely foreign to me, and if you’d told me six years ago what I was getting into with this thing, I probably would have given up right then and there.

I started this blog in the early morning hours of June 1, 2004. My family had gone to Disney World and I was house-sitting and puppy-watching. Back then, I was a graduate student, a published columnist, a stringer for an independent newspaper, the equipment manager for a college track team and a videographer for a local football team. Which sounds like a lot, but all of that was on hiatus on June 1. I had elected to stay home instead of taking the road trip to Orlando (which was, in retrospect, stupid, but again, this came out of it), and there wasn’t a whole lot to do. Really, I was bored.

People had been telling me I needed to set up a website for years, and so, largely inspired by my former Vermilion conservative counterpart Nick Bouterie’s blog, The Conservative Cajun, I cracked into Blogger and sowed the seeds for what you see today.

At the time, I thought the only people who would see it were my friends and maybe a few other people familiar with my college work. After nearly seven straight hours of coding, tweaking and adding material, I launched Ian McGibboney: Not Right, which I always figured was what I’d call my column if ever it got picked up by another newspaper. I e-mailed about a dozen of my best friends (pre-FaceSpace) to tell them about it. Maybe one ever responded. Some friends! At least I made some new ones.

Over the next few days, I switched templates and the name. Not Right About Anything was an afterthought, mainly a way to make the blog more about the material than about me. And since then it’s evolved and continues to evolve. I’ve learned a lot about HTML and with my writing and other creative outlets in general (all of which have helped me career-wise). I doubt I’d be where I am today in any sense without this little hobby site of mine. And I hope it's given you plenty of joy as well.

So, thanks for reading. Give me money.

20 comments:

venessalewis said...

Well first, I think you should get your blog to sing "She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain" because that song is synonomous with Kindergarten graduations in my mind. Or, "Over the Rainbow."

Next, I've only been reading (ok, stalking) your blog for the last few months, but it's been a most welcome procrastination destination. And I've even learned a few things. Most importantly, this blog is my new favorite echo chamber. Kudos on the anniversary and might I add that is a smashing outfit in the pic. Was it St. Patrick's Day Ian? ;)

Toodles! And get rid of the damn captchas!

NOLA Progressive said...

Its a hell of an accomplishment. I appreciate having it around to share ideas and opinions. I hope it's here for many more years to come.

Tom Alday said...

"this blog is my new favorite echo chamber"

hahaha, from a supporter no less!

venessalewis said...

Tom, once again...STFU. It's an inside joke and one that would be above your rather large head. And even if it wasn't, I'm not dishonest enough to pretend that I don't take comfort in echo chambers. It is the human condition to seek out refuge with like minded individuals (in this case, people WITH minds, period). But who am I kidding?! As if you know anything about the human condition. You've been living in your own echo chamber, and it rhymes with "cocks lose." Consider it a warning, dipshit.

Ian McGibboney said...

Venessa - That picture is from my kindergarten graduation. But the green motif was, in fact, inspired by me 'eritage (though I'm American more than anything else).

As my gift to you, V, I've removed the captchas. You're welcome!

NOLA - Thank you for the compliments and the intellectual input. I appreciate you being here. I hope I can expand it even more in the coming years.

Tom - Venessa is a friend of mine. She often feels very, very alone in a sea of unchallenged conservative thought, which I presume you'd also have a problem with? Really, only you would chide somebody for looking for some reassuring conversation. At least you live your principles, going out of your way to not be in an echo chamber. I can't think of any other reason you'd lurk here after all this time.

Tom Alday said...

Yes Ian, unlike you and your cohorts I don't seek out like-minded people to converse with exclusively. Living in an echo chamber is just asking for problems. Remember how you had a nervous breakdown back in 2004, crying and weeping on your blog because John Kerry lost? That's because you were deep in the DailyKos/DU world and thought EVERYONE hated Bush and there was no way he'd win. When he did it nearly drove you to suicide.

In contrast I read probably just as many left wing sources online as right wing sources and have a much more balanced view of things. I actually agree with the left on many key issues, including 2 of the 3 main "wedge" issues. But hey, I'm the psychotic, unstable ideologue around here, right??

I'm more of a moderate than any of you inflexible partisans could ever hope to be, and "this blog is my new favorite echo chamber" only proves that.

Ian McGibboney said...

Tom, you're really stuck on that 2004 entry, aren't you? I suggest you do some research on that election before going off about why I was surprised about the result. It might ruin your constant narrative that I insulate myself.

First off, I don't insulate myself at all. I'm from an ultra-conservative area and I live in another now. I've been best friends with and have dated conservatives. I enjoy reading all sorts of political and ideological perspectives. It helps me grow as a person and challenges my beliefs. But my beliefs don't change the first time I read something different, because they're strong. Insisting (as your buddy Robert does) that reading something will immediately convert me and make me a cultish disciple, now that's weak.

Second, DU, Daily Kos, etc. are often hard for me to read. I said here years ago that I didn't like DU's comment policies, which in part inspired me to start this blog. I do read these sites often when something catches my eye, but that's true of anything. But mostly, DU threads are often pissing matches, with two or more clear camps trying to outdo each other. It's hardly the place you go to get marching orders.

Third, if you really are as balanced as you say, Tom, than how do you so consistently disagree with everything I say, ever? I can't think of one instance where you ever conceded even the most universal point. If you did, you probably wrapped it up in your usual hate.

And, no, the 2004 election did not almost drive me to suicide. And even if it had, you'd have to be some kind of heartless motherfucker to mock that. Even for you, that's low.

venessalewis said...

Indeed Tom, you are a shining example of "fair and balanced," not unlike Fox News. Oh, if Ian and I could only learn to become more like you. Hold your breath while we work on that. No seriously, do it.

Tom, if you are done jerking yourself off now, riddle me this...do you visit blogs with opposing viewpoints to actually try to understand the issues? No, of course not. You do it so you can insult and demean the authors and his/her viewers. I dare say it is entertainment for you, and who can blame you really? I mean, if my spouse played Farmville all day while listening to Colbie Caillet, I'd have some boredom/resentment issues also.

NOLA Progressive said...

Jesus, I hadn't even read this comment thread when I posted my reply to Tom's crap in an earlier one. All I can say is see that comment.

Tom Alday said...

C'mon Ian, If I can't bring up your hilarious post-election 2004 meltdown in a thread commemorating 6 glorious years of Not Right About Anything then where can I bring it up? Hey how's that "military draft" and "wars of the week" and "troops in the streets" going? Oh...right. That article is such a great read, especially after your "I'm trying to improve the debate!" rhetoric you've been peddling lately.

I encourage everyone to read it for a laugh: http://ianmcgibboney.blogspot.com/2004/11/there-is-no-god.html

"Third, if you really are as balanced as you say, Tom, than how do you so consistently disagree with everything I say, ever? I can't think of one instance where you ever conceded even the most universal point. If you did, you probably wrapped it up in your usual hate."

This is what it comes down to isn't it? I'm not a slavish sycophant like NOLA? I agree with you on some things you fucking crybaby, gay rights being the first that comes to mind. Sorry if I don't carefully caress your nutsack while telling you how great and smart you are every post. That's what you have NOLA around for. I provide debate, without me all your comments threads would be as boring and dull as your flag football posts.

"And, no, the 2004 election did not almost drive me to suicide. And even if it had, you'd have to be some kind of heartless motherfucker to mock that. Even for you, that's low."

If you can't mock weak-willed pussies then the terrorists have already won.

Michael said...

Here's to six more years. Preferably without further Tom Alday intrusions.

Mustang Bobby said...

Ian, congratulations on six years, and here's to many, many more. I enjoy your writing, your humor, and your perspective.

Tom Alday said...

"riddle me this...do you visit blogs with opposing viewpoints to actually try to understand the issues?"

Actually I do. This "blog with an opposing viewpoint" is really the only one I comment on and that's because me an Ian have a long history. You see Ian labeled me as his "nemesis" before I even knew who he was. He drew me here with an entire post calling me out before I ever said a word to him. That's the reason I feel compelled to comment here, in the end I'm really just defending myself against a man that attacked me so many years ago.

"I mean, if my spouse played Farmville all day while listening to Colbie Caillet, I'd have some boredom/resentment issues also."

Oh wow, look who can do a search on Facebook. Do you really want to stoop so low as to attack my wife who is no party to this conversation? Stay classy Venessa, stay classy.

Ian McGibboney said...

Thank you, Michael and Mustang, for your support. You guys have been good to me.

Venessa - There's no need to bring wives into this. But yes, Tom's presence here is definitely worth questioning. I wonder, Tom, why you're so hung up on things that happened years ago, especially when whatever calling-out you're referring to (if in fact that's even what it was) was probably a joke to start with. I've learned in the interceding years not to do such things, because it's apparently the sort of thing that attracts people who add nothing of value and never go away.

And again, I'm glad I was wrong about my anger from 2004. Will you be so happy about your incorrect garbage years from now?

As for weak-willed pussy, well, I don't see that. I mean, where have I had a weak will?

venessalewis said...

Tom, you put the "ass" in class, friend. Admittedly, the wife comment was a low blow, but as I explained to Ian, people like you can only be dealt with using the same visceral insults and off limits tactics you yourself employ. Unlike you, I don't sit around all day trying to inject negativity into the world...and actually just reading some of the flith your spew on here puts me in a funk. However, liberals have made a habit of rolling over and letting conservative blowhards attack mercilessly. When we push back, it is not only out of character but deeply offensive to you. Who are you kidding? You aren't here to debate or "defend" yourself. You enjoy taunting people, specifically Ian with both subtle insults about his writing and outrights name calling (fucking crybaby) that can only serve the purpose of making you feel better about yourself. And only sadistic assholes get off on unceasing harassment like the kind you so eloquently display here. I mean really, how many times do you have to be told to piss off before you take the hint?

Tom Alday said...

" Tom's presence here is definitely worth questioning."

Hmm, yes, it's a deep mystery.

Actually no it isn't because I explained it to a few comments ago. I read a lot of news sources, be they blogs or whatever. These news sources could be said to have a wide range of ideological bent, from the very liberal to hard core conservative. I do this because I enjoy the accumulation of information. I like knowing what the left is thinking and what talking points are starting to bubble up. I'll also enjoy a good Charles Krauthammer article. I'm open to read anything.

Your blog Ian, despite what you may believe, has a very adversarial tone to it. That has nothing to do with me that has to do with the tone of your articles. You can't pen an article attacking a large section of society and not expect some blow back. That's the nature of the internet, for good or bad.

The problem you and I have is that were both have strong opinions about things that a lot of time are diametrically opposed. So when you say something that is either a half truth, an out right lie or nothing but slander against an idea or people I hold dear, then we're gonna have words. Now the words may be biting, but that's just my way of creating the type of conversation you obviously wanted due to the inflammatory nature of most of your posts. I will attack you because you feel you can attack others and label them as you please based on the flimsiest of pretexts (i.e buying ammo means you're a racist). I am essentially acting a check on you to try and prevent you from actually believing the shit you peddle.

"Will you be so happy about your incorrect garbage years from now?"

The difference being is I don't read the tea leaves and try to predict the future as you did in 2004. My criticism of Obama is focused on his past and or current actions. I'm not in the "OMGHESDESTROYINGAMERICA" camp because unlike you in 2004, I know this country is stronger than any one president. We could attempt to have a dialog about how every decision he's made has failed, but I'm sure it would end up with you calling me a racist and running away, as is the norm with you.

"As for weak-willed pussy, well, I don't see that. I mean, where have I had a weak will?"

Considering I used that line in the context of people that attempt or commit suicide...are you saying you attempted suicide? Don't give up hope Ian, Obama's not THAT bad.

@venessa

"only sadistic assholes get off on unceasing harassment"

Considering I never said an unkind word to you and you mercilessly attack me and my family, what does that make you?

Ian McGibboney said...

Tom, the irony of what you're saying is that this post is about my blog turning six years old, with a picture of myself at the same age. Yeah, doesn't get much more "adversarial" than that!

I do agree that our blogs have different tones: Yours is to deliberately misrepresent people and their remarks. That's all you do. You never write anything substantial, proactive or that otherwise lays out your stance on an issue. Hell, I WISH you wrote more like me (or even as you claim I write, which is a different thing)!

You say you read lots of different sites, which I'm willing to believe. You also say this is the only one you comment on regularly. Which actually doesn't flatter you at all. It sort of prove the point most of us make here, that you have some kind of lust for trolling.

I get lots of feedback for my blog, both personally and professionally, online and off. And even among those who disagree with me on everything, none say you what you say, Tom. You're alone.

Tom Alday said...

"You also say this is the only one you comment on regularly. Which actually doesn't flatter you at all. It sort of prove the point most of us make here, that you have some kind of lust for trolling."

That makes no sense. If I had some kind of "lust for trolling" (fucking lol btw) wouldn't that mean I'm so OVERCOME with troll lust that I "troll" all these other sites I visit besides yours? I already told you why I comment here, there is no hidden meaning, no need to bust out the Ian Tea Leaves of Truthseeing™ and try and read the subtle nuances and shades of grey. I already laid it out for you.

Also Ian, I find it funny how your are so AGHAST at my mean comments....yet continue to approve them to post, and approve the posts of other directed at me. They're just so horrible and evil...yet you keep hitting that "approve" button so you and others can comment on them. Kinda goes to what I said earlier about you WANTING this type of adversarial back and forth, dunnit?

Ian McGibboney said...

No, Tom, it could mean you single me out for this treatment. There must be a reason you're doing it. I don't know what that is, but by your own account I'm the only person you do this to. I know you like it. If you didn't, this wouldn't be continuing. It's pretty stupid for you to come on my blog to say I won't leave you alone.

And if you want to continue to make yourself out to be a horse's ass, then I'll let others see it. Hell, I might even start posting the comments of yours that I didn't publish in the past. The ones you wrote that you knew I wouldn't publish are a special treat. But then, I don't think people would think as highly of you as they do now.

Tom Alday said...

"It's pretty stupid for you to come on my blog to say I won't leave you alone. "

When did I ever say that? I don't think I did. Lay off the cronic Ian, it's fucking with your mind.

"Hell, I might even start posting the comments of yours that I didn't publish in the past."

Yawn. Is this yet another attempt to "shame" me into silence like the "I know REAL conservatives and they HATE you" crap you've been trying to pull lately? It's your blog champ, post what you want. Doing so will go a long way towards proving you just love these adversarial discussions that ALWAYS seem to pop up despite the fact that you have to approve every single mean comment.

TOM WHY ARE YOU SO MEAN BE NICE AND LIKE OBAMA!!

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OMG TOM THAT WAS THE WORST COMMENT EVER I HATE YOU!!

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WHY GOD WHY!!?! YOUR COMMENTS ARE SO MEAN YOU ARE BRINGING MY SITE DOWN!!!!

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LEAVE THIS PLACE FOUL SERPENT AND NEVER COMMENT HERE AGAIN!

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