I thought long and hard about what I am about to say here, and debated wether or not I should even bother to address the issue, but in the end I knew I had to.
My February 11th blog post was a somewhat tongue in cheek mention of a gal detectorist calendar…all based on the great photo Allyson Cohen had shared on her Detecting Diva blog. Her initial response was that she only knew of two other women tekkies and doubted something like that would be possible. In any case I decided to share a link to that post on three forums, hoping to get a few gals interested. I should have known better.
All three posts were met with a “what’s your agenda” response, so I quickly changed them to a “never mind” and/or “forget it”. In one instance the entire post was removed, even though they had a “female detectorist” link (which I shared in the comments section). The following comments are from one of those forums…
So here goes…
First off, Stout Standards is indeed “about me”. It’s my blog. It’s about my past experiences, my family, my friends, my dogs, my cooking, my wine, my music, my travels, my aches, pains and warts. It’s about good times, memories, the weather here in Texas, my now infrequent detecting adventures and it’s about whatever crosses my mind. It’s a BLOG and it’s mine. It is NOT a forum.
I do not post on forums to “draw” people here. Oh I did in the beginning but finally stopped after being scolded for not contributing more. The last couple of attempts were meant to get people interested in a topic that I thought was noble or worthy of a look. Again I should have known better.
Would I like to have thousands of subscribers to my blog and website? Of course, but I know what I have to offer is not of interest to a great many and that’s okay. I am pleased with my numbers and appreciate all those who subscribe to my blog. They, and my desire to write, are the reason I continue Stout Standards.
Neither my blog or website have sponsors. Despite the large White’s ad (website) I do not receive a penny from them for it. I do it because I love their products and appreciate every single guy and gal who works there. Not only do they produce a quality product, they’re a caring company and have helped so many people over the years without any fanfare or publicity.
I also do not ask for donations like other blogs and websites. I do not sell T-shirts or caps with my name on them, and I do not ask you to vote for me so I can win something. I do not sell my books here even though I could (I respect the dealers too much). I do not entice others to subscribe to my blog by giving away prizes, nor do I bombard YouTube with my in the field detecting experiences (the thought of that has me ROFLMAO).
I’ve also heard from others that my blog is boring, depressing and controversial, and some say I stir the pot just to get noticed. Well first off I have no problem if you find my blog boring. Hell I find it boring too. Is it depressing? Sometimes…what can I tell you? Is Stout Standards controversial? Often times yes. I and my good friend John Howland will stir the pot occasionally but almost always with good reason. You see we don’t like others misrepresenting what it is we do in an attempt to put our pastime out of business. Likewise our choice of words will sometimes offend but that’s just who we are. Consider yourself lucky you were never in our presence.
John and I go back a long way, fighting for detecting rights in the 80’s as officers in the FMDAC and NCMD respectively. We still believe the pastime is worth fighting for today, and I will continue to stick pins in the three purported national organizations here in the states..seems to be the only way to make something happen. If they are going to advertise their intentions to represent us all then I am going to hold their feet to the fire and you should too.
Once again let me reiterate that Stout Standards is indeed about me. Dick Stout. Not Beanie, Booger or Bimmer Stout (yep, real names of relatives)…it’s about ME..Dick Stout. The old guy, the over-the-hill guy, the old timer, the curmudgeon, the cranky old fart or whatever else you care to call me. It’s okay. I can handle it.
I intend to continue my blog and website and I will surely stir the pot and offend someone here and there. If you find Stout Standards boring, offensive or depressing, I am sorry. I will not however change things just to make you happy. As for forums…I give up. I am not an over the fence “chatty guy” or small talk person. “Hi, welcome from Texas”, and “great finds Bob” are just not my cup of tea. As for current technology…can’t be of much help. I don’t know a thing about the latest 5XE, double DD, Piffwanger, Spider coil from Lithuania….nor can I tell you how to mount that video camera on your noggin. Just old school here….detector, headphones, digger and apron…what can I say?
Lastly, if you don’t like what I have to say here, that’s fine. No big deal. The mouse is in your hand, not mine. To those of you who do susbscribe and contribute so often…I thank you!!
Merriam Webster’s definition of a blog:
“A Web site on which someone writes about personal opinions, activities and experiences…”
JOHN HOWLAND, THE 1715 TREASURE FLEET & HIS TAKE ON THE “MONUMENTS MEN”
Two days ago John Howland shot off an update to the Malamute Saloon and I apologize for just putting it up. No excuse, just dealing with a few things here at home. In this, his latest post, he sets the record straight with regards to the Warsaw Wart’s version of the Monuments Men. John is a military history buff and I envy his ability to share his knowledge on paper.
I saw the Monuments Men Sunday and highly recommend it. I am sure liberties were taken when making the movie, but it is still a very entertaining and fascinating story. Please do take time to read John’s latest by clicking on the Malamute Saloon link above and scrolling down to today’s date! Thank you John….great job.