Monday 13 August 2012
You can please some of the people all the time.
I have been using Tony Blews UK Ranking web site on here for a while now. Not to see how we are competing against other bloggers, but just to get a feel for how many people are reading our mumblings. I like the fact his site only records 1 hit per IP address and not every visit as does Google. To me that gives a truer picture of the number of visitors we get. I also like the fact I can tell how popular my posts are by the way we move up and down the rankings. We're never going to be in the top ten and frankly, we don't care.
I guess I'm going to tread dangerously as I don't normally air such views on here but it pains me to read on Sue and Vic's blog (No Problem), that Tony is receiving complaints about the way he runs the ranking on his website and seems to be (quite rightly) very upset even planning to stop work on it. Come on folks are we really that worried if we're not No. 1, no I doubt it. If you are then perhaps its time to get a life.
Lets face it Tony has put a hell of a lot of effort into the site, and, lets not forget he is not running it as a business but in his spare time. The site does have other benefits though, like being a great catalogue of other blogs, all collated in one place. Even if you exclude the ranking side of it, it is still a jolly useful way to find narrow boat blogs, especially new ones.
So why, oh why then do some people have to see fit to put his work down. Its not as if he is charging anyone for the service, its free and always has been. My guess is he is actually incurring hefty costs to keep the site running, all for our benefit. Those who think he should hand it over if he cannot devote full time to it should realise the site belongs to Tony and he can do as much, or as little as HE chooses, not us, but him, and no one else should be telling him otherwise surely? At the end of the day we use his site because he lets us, not because we demand it. In other words if your not happy with the way Tony runs the site, then please just leave it so the rest of us can enjoy it.
Tony is running a survey (Click here to put your answer) and like Sue I do hope you offer your support for Tony to keep it running. He got my vote in favour.
To Tony if you ever read this. I've posted to you before about not letting people get to you. Keep up the good work mate. As that famous saying goes: -
You can please some of the people all the time
and you can please all the people some of the time
but you can never please all the people all the time.
Please, I'm really not in for an argument on this, I'm just not happy about people putting other people down for no good reason.
Rant over and out.