Sunday, January 31, 2010

One Last Thing....

I know you guys come here to read about horror and not about blogger vs blogger drama, but I just had one more little thing to say about this whole Horror Blogger Awards thing and then I promise I will never speak on the subject again.

It was not my intention to strongarm Benevolent Street out of this competition nor was it my intention to hurt Tony Carroll or his blog or to turn anyone against him or his blog. For this, I must apologize. While I do not agree with the way Tony went about things, and while I am glad that I spoke my piece about the whole thing, I admit that I got a little too carried away and unnecessarily insulted Tony on a personal level as well as insulted his writers and his website. I had no right to do that. Afterall, who am I to judge? I could have went about what I had to say in a classier manner, perhaps even contacting Tony on a one on one basis about it, and I regret not doing that. I now see that his intentions came from a good place and that he was just trying to get the word out there on his blog and though I do personally feel that some of the things he did to get votes were wrong, I never had a right to attack him in the way that I did. Tony, I am sorry for that.

With that said, BJ-C makes a good point - we should all just get along, support one another, stop with this bullshit drama, and stop caring so much about rather meaningless awards. I don't want to be the bad guy or the guy who bullies and pits people against one another and though I may have come off that way the other day, that's not at all the way that I am. I support each and every horror blogger out there and I wish Tony and Benevolent Street the best in the future. It looks as if he's using this whole thing in a positive way, and i'm glad to see that. For one last time, the name of his blog is Benevolent Street and yes, I did just link to it.

In closing, awards mean nothing. If it were up to me, Bloody Disgusting's awards would be abolished and in its place would be a post that links to all of the horror blogs out there. Bottom line is, lets all just blog and have a good time doing so. That's what matters and that's why people take time out of their days to read our shit when they could probably be doing much more important things.

9 comments:

Jason Parker said...

Thanks for taking a step back and looking at this from a distance. That was pretty cold how you presented the whole thing, Johnny. But I am glad you posted this now. Tony has been awesome about the whole experience and agree with you that we should all support each other in sharing in our love for horror. Take care, bro!

Johnny said...

Hey man, sometimes ya just get caught up in the moment and I got little too passionate about what I was trying to say. It happens and I can admit when it happens to me.

The Drunken English said...

Passion, ah yes, there be the root of all this. Blogs are there for this very reason and for this I salute you in your previous post regarding this matter. I read your thoughts with great interest, and then with the click of a mouse I was instantly transported over to BS (not the greatest of pseudonyms given the circumstances I admit) where I could read Tonys take on the matter. He loves Horror, he loves what he does over there. This shines through in his bold withdrawal from the proceedings. But this is not Fox,cnn or the bbc, this is horror blogging (horgling?) and god bless it, we're allowed to speak our minds, blow off a little stream, every once in a while. You're not being paid to do this, and you receive no reward other than writing about what you love. Any comments you have posted which seem to attack your fellow horror fan, in this case a comrade in arms such as Tony, is an indication of the slight you feel not towards yourself personally but towards the horror community as a whole. And isn't that what matters? the freedom to stand upon our soapbox and spout absolute nonsense about what transpires within our minds? Good for you for speaking up and good for Tony for explaining his actions in what I must admit is a manner which somewhat saves him from becoming the cartoon villain he may easily have become! God bless the T'internet! Goodnight from a very, very drunk Englishman who may or may not be called Nik. (hic!)

Johnny said...

Nik (or maybe not Nik), thank you so much for that. I've been going back and forth between feeling bad about this whole thing and feeling justified about it and your very drunken words were very inspiring and made me feel okay about things again, even for that small little time period there where I was reading. In all seriousness, thank you - you hit the nail squarely on the head.

Tony said...

It's all good John. Sometime stuff just happens. Keep up the good work and best of luck.

the jaded viewer said...

Whoever wins this contest is gonna be slightly razzed from all this controversy (though I would still like to win :-P)

Johnny said...

Honestly, at this point, I hope I don't win. It would probably come off looking like I bullied Benevolent Street out so I could win and that'd look pretty bad for me. So ya, don't vote for me!

Carl (ILHM) said...

Agreed here, horror drama = pussy shit, being part of the horror community is more than squabbling amongst ourselves and more about making friends and finding new horror!! I appreciate this post Johnny, thanks for coming back on and posting it after last weeks drama

Anonymous said...

All that being said I still can't figure out how a cruddy blog like Dollar Bin Horror has 6% of the vote at BD. Vote grubbing must pay off after all.