As a result of the recent BinaryGenderSFWA dust up, some Noble Concern Troll was lecturing me about how I’m a terrible mean-bad person, and how more people would be receptive to my message if I was polite and civil. (I wonder…Do the left wing versions of me have to put up with boring ass concern trolls too?)
Then the following transpired… I pulled out all the wonky Twitter formatting and name tagging. What resulted is the most fun I’ve had with Twitter since the CNN blogger who could barely tie his shoelaces. http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/twitter-fun-with-cnns-best-and-brightest/
Yagathai@Yagathai I’m confused why you think having a louder voice makes you more right?
Larry Correia loud is effective. Right is right. Your concern is duly noted, and immediately disregarded.
And I kid you not. This dude sent me over 50 tweets all day warning me about how I’m too mean, and I shouldn’t use Strawmen, and I’ll never sway anybody like this, advice on how to be an effective political activist (picketing, I kid you not) and I’m hurtful towards feelings. Holy shit. Boring.
Then Anna came along. I was just tired and wanted to be left alone. These may be slightly out of order because Twitter is confusing when everybody is posting at the same time.
Larry Correia He keeps tagging me to concern troll about how mean I am. Not sure how that is bullying.
For the record, I hate Twitter. I hate Facebook slightly less. I use them because it is kind of necessary to keep in touch with my fans. 140 characters means that only really stupid conversations take place. And her search-fu sucks, if anybody is interested the FB fan pages are Monster Hunter Nation, and Monster Hunter International, Hunters Unite. There’s a few thousand people on those. Feel free to join. Only I don’t plug them all the time because I don’t need the ego stroke. I barely even look at my stats as it is.
Larry Correia Good for you. I really could not possibly manage to care any less
That isn’t very nice, because my publicist is awesome and works very hard for her authors. Hey, Corinda, this one is dedicated to you. 🙂
Larry Correia 3k on here, 6k on FB, 10k on the blog. I can’t help how culturally ignorant you are. :@Anna_photo
That was off the top of my head. I get anywhere from 3k to 80k visitors a day here, all depending on what I post. Like this recent gender thingy, that was like an extra 10k from all of them. Instapundit links? Easy 20k.
That line about cultural ignorance was shamelessly stolen from my friend Nick Searcy.
Anna Fischer For a published author? @monsterhunter45 ‘3k on twitter 6k on FB, 10k on the blog’ are some shit numbers
Larry Correia Duly noted. But you apparently know fuck all about how big genre publishing actually is. 🙂
This is absolutely true. Everybody thinks John Scalzi is like the biggest blogger in the business. He says he gets up to 50k hits a day… Turns out he averages around 5k, which is about what I get. Whoop. Who cares. Vox gets more hits than either of us. Meanwhile, I know a ton of writers, and most of them would love my blog traffic (or at least a Book Bomb). If I was in this for the blog traffic I’d do politics all day, or pictures of cats, but I mostly blog because I like to write about stuff.
Larry Correia Then I’m sure he’s a super lucky man, and really, I don’t care.
HE TRIED TO WALK AWAY BUT THEY PULLED HIM BACK IN!
Anna Fischer and more importantly to your argument @monsterhunter45 you don’t want to play whip it out wednesday with me, b/c my #’s are better
I actually don’t even know what any off that at the end means. b/c# wtfbbq?
Yes. She actually put up a picture of her blog stats.
Larry Correia Yay. Gold star for you. You win facebook.
One of my fans urged me to let them have it. I told him – I’ve already been listening to whines all day about how mean I am, telling how much money I make would only spin them up again
But she kept on tagging me…
Larry Correia Sigh… I’ll just have to get by somehow.
Anna Fischer So board now that some random chick smoked you? Your reach is how would I say? Pushing rope? Small dick #’s
Larry Correia Yep. Totally smoked. Do you really want to continue comparing relative success?
Anna Fischer I’m good. Have a pleasant evening sir, and I look forward to your next book.
But she just couldn’t let it go… Some of my fans commented, laughing at her for trying to pick this fight. So of course she started telling them about what an internet failure I am, I have no reach, dude with a book should BE SOMEBODY, that sort of thing… Okay then.
Anna Fischer dude, like I said I don’t even have a book, I’m a nobody.
And to think, I was 1 minute from shutting the computer off and going to play some Call of Duty on the Xbox… So I tweeted the following over the span of a couple minutes. It is nice being able to type 85 wpm.
Larry Correia You know what? Fuck it. Like bruce Banner, I just wanted to be left alone. So now you get the Hulk.
Larry Correia Do you think anyone cares about number of followers? Here’s your trophy. I only care about the followers who spend $. Got those.
Larry Correia I’m in the top 1% of all authors in royalty income. Not my genre. All published authors.
Anna Fischer Cool guy #1 @monsterhunter45 gets way more money for his book then I do for my not book.
Larry Correia I’m published in 7 languages. I’ve got 11 novels out in 5 years. Been as high as #3 on all of Amazon.
Larry Correia Multiple NYT bestsellers, almost every book on Nielsen which is more accurate, high as 5th best seller in the country. 20 weeks on.
Larry Correia I’m bigger on audiobook. Top 5 of all sellers on Audible. 23 thousand reviews at 4.5 stars. 2 Audie for best audiobook
Larry Correia In fact, on Audible, have 4 new books dropping on the same day, Feb 4th. 3rd bestseller in fantasy/scifi
Larry Correia Up for best novel in France last year. Chinese/Taiwan starts this year, expecting that one to be huge.
Larry Correia In addition, I sold $100k worth of merchandise related to my writing on a Kickstarter this year.
Larry Correia Oh, but wait. I produced a game last year and raised $85k on that Kickstarter.
Larry Correia My publicist, who you think I should fire has coordinated book tours to ¾ of the US over the last 4 years all successes
Larry Correia Oh, but you’ve got more likes on facebook… Well shucks. So does Tila Tequila. Should I continue?
Random Stranger on the Internet Dude you are such a piece of shit
How dare this rich male lord his success over the poor woman who was telling how unsuccessful he was! Whatever, hippy, go occupy something.
Larry Correia Hey, why not! Fans kicked in thousands of dollars for charity to be redshirted by me in novels. We paid for a fan’s dialysis.
Larry Correia Wait. I forgot about my TV deal. Yep. I should fire my publicist because I don’t have enough likes on Facebook.
Larry Correia About said TV deal, same people who do Walking Dead on AMC bought my rights.
Larry Correia Since then the Rock, the guy who did the Departed, Hansel & Gretal Witchhunters, Downton Abby, and a few others have approached.
Larry Correia But of course, this all pales before likes on Facebook. I’ve been doing this for 5 years.
Larry Correia You posted a graph of your blog stats. My most read article had 1 million individual views in a month.
Larry Correia I’ve been on national TV a few times, local more than I can count, national radio tons, But oh, no, not enough likes!
Larry Correia Hey, you wouldn’t shut up about how you had more likes on Facebook. There you go, relative success. Enjoy.
She had some other comment here, can’t find it now. Twitter is a mess.
Larry Correia But you have facebook likes, graphs, and–for some inexplicable reason–the need to bore the shit out of me all afternoon
Her friends, who probably missed the first bit with the graphs and lectures on the relative merits of internet success and my complete lack of giving a shit rush to her defense.
Larry Correia But @Anna_photo got a gold star for Facebook likes! Yay for Anna!
So some of my friends started chiming in, you know, TV stars and the bestselling writers in the world, that sort of thing.
Anna Fischer I’m classy enough not to name drop.
Super classy! But it helps to actually know people.
Several of my people asked who the hell Anna was.
Larry Correia A girl on the internet who bored the shit out of me about how much more successful she is than I am on Facebook! Yay!
Anna Fischer I want to let the world know that @monsterhunter45 has been published in 7 languages. I have never been published in any language.
Larry Correia But holy shit! You should see her blog hits. She’ll show you the graph!
Larry Correia I gave more in charity than you make. I paid more in taxes than you make. But you’ll always have Facebook
Larry Correia 1/2 For those just joining us @Anna_photo felt the need to show what an unsuccessful writer I am because she has more FB followers.
Larry Correia 2/2 she went on about how I should fire my publicist, I said whatever, but @Anna_photo couldn’t walk away. so I said fuck it, let’s do this.
Anna Fischer But if you’re going to make the argument that you have more “reach” your numbers should back that
Larry Correia Reach? Perhaps the numbers you’re looking at don’t actually matter in real life.
Because seriously, if you spam the internet enough you can get 100,000 people on Facebook to like a badly photo shopped picture proving Barack Obama is secretly a space alien. Doesn’t mean you can make a living at it.
There were lots of comments from fans and haters coming in at this point, tons about what a horrible mean bad person I am especially, too many to track both ways, but overall, after the last few days it was nice to do something brain dead and amusing rather than being yelled at by the stuffy literati about boring English Department approved topics.
Anna Fischer I have not and did not in any way claim to be more important then
Larry Correia Nope. Just successful on the internet. Still think I should fire my publicist there Helpful Advice Lady?
Really… she should have just left me alone.
Another Random Stranger On The Internet It’s probably wrong to draw attention to @monsterhunter45‘s epic meltdown over a woman having more followers than him…but epic meltdown.
Larry Correia Or hilaroius blog fodder. 🙂 Take your pick.
Larry Correia my money is on blog fodder, because in chronological order it is hilarious.
So copied, some Ctrl H and Ctrl F, (I’ve been editing a novel all day, I can format stuff in my sleep) and posted. Yep. Pretty much that. There you go. That’s the internet for you, people who don’t know much telling people who do how they’re wrong, and then random people getting offended when you point out that maybe not all opinions are equal.