I consider myself a libertarian, if any of you were wondering after my post appearing immediately below this one. I like the free market, talk up small government and have a jolly feeling in my bones when someone somewhere gets rich, plus dozens of other simplistic stereotypes too numerous to reproduce here.
Once I got past the gnawing gap in my vanity which Club Troppo’s (and my own) absence meant, I began visiting the sites starting with #1. And began to ask: whatever happened to boring, hard-work-and-spit capitalism?
Of the top 10, about half are happy clap capitalists, up to their eyeballs in articles like Drive More Traffic To Your Website And Retire To Live Like a Sultan, or Excellent Email Campaign Strategies, or More Bullshit Do-It-Yourself Titles Fairly Obviously Designed To Appeal To The Morons Who Vote On Digg. Complete with yank fake friendliness and exclamation marks! On every single sentence! Isn’t that cheerful!
I didn’t think this disease had reached our shores quite so much vigour. That it had such deep and popular roots amongst us. I don’t begrudge that Hot Rock Country Event earns a handsome ranking – Mark is a fine blogger and has gathered to his site other well-written lefties for which there’s a market. I am surprised JQ didn’t get a good billing given the wide notice which is usually paid to his work. I am mostly surprised that so few of the top 10 sites were about things I associate with the “cream” of the Australian blog scene, and more about How To Make $$$ By Setting Up A Site Called “How To Make $$$ By Setting Up A Site”.
Postscript: I should probably add that this rant ignores some of the genuinely impressive sites I found, like this guy, whose web design is superb. The rant might also reflect that I’m sick, tired and forgot to take my meds this morning.