Podcast Circle Jerk Season Begins

I just got my first email from someone begging for votes in this year’s Podcast Circle Jerk. Sorry chochachos. I’ve never voted for myself, so there is no chance I’m going to vote for you. I truly hate the sheer ridiculousness of the claim that these couple nominees are the best podcasts out of 100,000 of them as if anyone could possibly know that fact.

The only thing worse is the way otherwise sensible people turn into weird vote whores. Anyone who thinks about it for a few seconds knows that what is being measured is not quality of the show but willingness to shill for votes. It doesn’t matter who take the award, the only winner is Podcast Connect Inc, who gets to make you their sales rep for driving traffic to them. Sorry Todd, but I find any award process that involves multiple voting per day to be completely corrupt. It makes it obvious that the primary goal is driving traffic and repeat visits. The awards are just a framework to hang that off of.

I could care less if anyone votes for me in these awards, or on Podcast Alley or anything. If you do rate me on AmigoFish I like that (obviously), but you are doing that for yourself not me. I’m definitely not voting for you in the awards, no matter how much I like your show. Sorry to be the hardass, but that’s the way we play the game here.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

5 thoughts on “Podcast Circle Jerk Season Begins”

  1. mike dunn says:

    lol – save that domain dave, its a great name for a replacement of the gillmor gang at some point…

  2. Derek Coward says:

    I totally agree with you, Dave. As soon as I heard the first plea for votes, I clinched tight because I knew that the floodgates would open up.

    I pulled an Ibbott and did a hard press for votes on Podcast Alley one final time before I never mentioned that site again. I tell people all the time (when I remember), if you like the show, send me an email saying “I like the show.”

  3. C.C. Chapman says:

    I agree with you 100% my friend. I HATE whoring for votes. At most when I got nominated last year I mentioned it once on a podcast and that was it.

    I’m not a big fan of awards of any sort. I’m hating the pimps already for nominations and I know it’s going to get worse once it turns to “vote for me”

  4. dave says:

    Mike, that’s actually the fertile imagination of Michael Butler than came up with that one. I just always use the circle jerk link rather than the actual one because I find it funny and I’d like it if the circle jerk domain rose high in google hits.

    Derek, I hit the burnout point on being pimped for Alley votes at least two years ago. I got so sick of hearing it at the end of every single show I listened to that I never ever voted for anyone again or even go to the site.

    CCC! It just is all so tedious. If you want to be competitive you have to keep hitting it over and over, which makes for lousy listening. That’s what I think the important part is to not want to be competitive.

  5. Mark Forman says:

    You are so not sorry for being hardass! We wouldn’t have it any other way either. It is your hardassness, wit, and kind heart that make us light up with big smile every time we get rss notice that new clam bake is up.

    Once you start suffering fools lightly here we’ll drop faster than a dirty wet wipe. Until then keep letting ‘er rip.

    In closing, I think shilling girl scout cookies so much more honorable-at least they leave a good taste in your mouth.

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