Most blogging programs offer the blogger a way to gauge his or her’s audience by providing various statistics. In my case I can see how many people visit my site each day, what particular post they look at, how they arrived at my site (was it from another website or blog or a random search). I also know in which country they live. All interesting information and very useful when it comes to telling me your likes, your preferences, your interests, etc.. So what topic or post generates the most hits or views? Any comment at all about the various metal detecting TV shows!
These reality (and I use the word loosely) shows generate some chatter on the various detecting forums, but the comments never seem to match the large number of visitors I see here on Stout Standards. Why is that I wonder? Could it be that I have missed my calling and should have been a TV critic or reviewer? Hardly. My guess is that there’s a lot of you who want to share your thoughts and opinions but are afraid to speak up, and looking for someone to validate your view…afraid maybe of the backlash or criticism you might receive. If true that’s unfortunate. It’s okay to like this, dislike that, get excited, be bored, happy, angry, act bat shit crazy or get pissed off. Hell it’s the American way!
Why am I bringing all this up. I don’t know….just thought the blog stats were interesting, and that maybe it might encourage more of you to speak up…..not just here but anywhere. If you love these TV shows, great. Say so…. If you hate them, that’s fine too….each to his own!
For the record I received a couple of emails from people who took exception to my recent critique of “Dig Fellas“. One was polite in nature. The other? Well let’s just say the writer liked to mention my mother a lot.
I realize many of the things I write here are off-the-wall, sometimes overly critical, picayune and while it’s hard to believe, I sometimes get it wrong. I’ve eaten crow many times over the years, but really don’t mind. I always wash it down with a cold bottle of “Corona Extra” or a glass or two of French Red (okay I lie….I usually do both), and then go see if I can piss somebody else off…
So pour yourself a cold one, speak up and “get it off your chest”. If something’s eating at you, just let ‘er rip…you’ll feel a lot better!
THE DRAMA IS OVER!
Well, after a week or two of drama, Garrett finally announced their newest (and most expensive) model to the world…..the ATX (at first glance I wondered if it had an ammo compartment?). The ad says “No extreme pricing….just extreme performance” but at $2,495 I wonder what their idea of extreme is? Apparently this has become the norm for top-of-the-line detectors. I tried to embed the video here but for some reason was unable to, but if you are interested you view it by clicking on the photo…
The ATX looks like it can do it all, and I look forward to the first reviews and comments from those who have all the shekels and fat wallets. The times, they are a changing!
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