Sunday, September 30, 2007

For a retired guy I’ve been busy as all get out. Seems that some folks need my time more than I do. And that is not a put down of anyone. I’m glad to give it. Makes a body feel useful. A little fun along the way, also. It is amazing the laughter that comes from folks one considers outside of humor. Truly.

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I think I’ll go out on a minor limb today. 

Pokerworks is a commercial entity and can do little or nothing that is not good for the bottom line. Or should not do anything that is not good for the bottom line. Had better not do anything that is not good for the bottom line – or they will fail as a business.

Still I see human stuff going on there with writers that pointed to the bottom line.

So let me get something out of the way first:  I had  a popular blog.  I didn’t keep it because I didn’t start a blog to be popular. The more popular, the less enjoyable the blog keeping became. I got rid of it. The same for the next. Now I have one not so popular and I’m happy. Its a personal thing.

One of things that happens with a popular blog is; they get offers.  There are many offers for many things. One of the things offered are writing jobs. Jobs equal pay. Paid writing gigs. For the dense ones – when you get paid, the payer is a commercial entity in some form, else the money is coming from their own pocket and what is that? Not friendship sure.

The popular blog (concerning poker) usually is topic specific. There are tons of poker players writing. Few successful poker players write for pay. Fewer still are the popular, successful poker player bloggers writing for pay for other entities.

So many of the successful blog writers extolling their journey need money and take a paying job of writing. About poker. For someone. Somewhere.

Its an ego thing.

Like being an affiliate. Money comes in. Poker is played. Losses incurred. Covered by the quiet income. No loss. Its covered.  Same same for rake back.

Anyway, I don’t want to wander from the topic. The interface between blog writing and commercial interest.

If you are into denial, you’ll have fun with this next statement: There is not a business, nor a millionaire, out there that did it by themselves.

Not a one.

Poker is an individual effort most folks claim. Personally, I think they are full of it.

The popularity of poker went haywire with several things: Someone wrote a book  (thank you, Dolly!); many someone’s created the internet, the on-line poker places (thank you Planet Poker), TV played a part and Moneymaker (thank you Poker Stars) raised an un-sullied head from cess pool.

Blogs, in general,  are individual things. At least most are. That is the ego thing.

When an individual blog writer accepts an offer to write for a commercial entity they run head first into something they don’t really consider. Rules. And Teamwork.

Yep.

Both downers to individuality. Tough shit, that.

Ego.

Don’t you know.

So, getting back to the commercial thing. You’re required to produce. At a specified rate. That is the minimum required teamwork. You’ll be expected to submit. If not you’re gone.

And well it should be. You are an employee. The commercial interest is a team working for a common directed goal. No goal, no success. No success, no interest. Simple.

Get the picture?

Good.

Consider.

If the individual popular blogger gives time and effort to the commercial interest, they take away from the popular blog. They give up their individuality. They cannot really write one thing for both places. That wouldn’t be fair, would it?

I have that problem with “Truckin’.” It’s true.

I cannot publish on this blog the same stories I submit there.  Both are my creative effort. But I cannot.

So, what happens?

The successful blogger must make a choice. There; the commercial interest, or the blog.

In some cases the result is the languishing of the blog. In some the fluffing off of the commercial interest.

In some, both suffer.

Which brings us back to Pokerworks.

Most of the blog writers are gone. Which is a good thing. For both parties.

Both have suffered because the writers did not fulfill expectations. In either their  blogs, or their obligations.

We readers of the various writers may well gain.

We may start seeing the writing that got the individual egos the popularity they rode upon.

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Thus endeth my individual rant.

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From the reaches,

Ten Mile

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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