Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Integrity

I have spoken about this in the past however I think it is worth reviewing. People write blogs for all different reasons. Almost as many reasons as people come and read them. I think the one thing I like about my blog is the integrity. The bare ass naked truth about my views of the world. I have been writing this blog for over two years. I have never written that I liked something just for ad dollars. I do not link up blogs because it would increase my page ranking. If I like a product I will display an ad for it. You can be guaranteed that I use that product. I read every single blog on my bloglines. I have no problem with other people doing things for advertising or touting products they do not use. My blog just follows my rules.

I am deadly honest about my poker playing. I have never lied about winning or losing. I have been truthful about what I play – both the good and the bad. It is not always easy. It was not fun on those nights when I tilted away bankrolls or when I did stupid things. I felt it was very important to be painfully honest in those situations because I am not the only one. If it helps someone get the monster under control, or comforts someone that they are not the only moron on the planet, then my job is done.

I have only removed a post twice. One time because a very good friend asked that I delay posting something for a few days. I agreed to this and published the full article a few days later. I actually ended up changing my mind about what I posted and wrote a follow-up article saying so. I am often wrong. I admit it. One other time someone else said they were embarrassed by something I wrote. Reluctantly I removed it.

I really feel that as a pseudo writer all I have is my integrity. I refuse to compromise that anymore. Do not ask me to change anything in any of my posts beyond putting up safety warnings on my links. If someone reads a comment on my blog that offends them tough luck. I am sure I have offended many people over the years. I will continue to do so in the future too. If you can not get my sense of humor or think my writing is too cutting then read someone else. People read this blog not for the strategy, although you sometimes get good posts, or the news, or anything besides a down and dirty look at one poker players life. It will remain true to its roots.

In exchange I think I get some of the most loyal readers in the world. I may not be an "A" lister but the people who stop by this blog for whatever reasons tend to be the kind of people I like. They root each other on during those long cold nights on Riverstars. There always there to encourage you when you do well or tell you to shut up when you whine too much. Nightly "home" games are the norm with this group. I really feel blessed by all of you.

10 Comments:

Blogger iamhoff said...

You have a sense of humor? I keed, I keed. Seriously, you write for the right reasons...yourself and your passions. People may not always agree with you, but they can't fault your motivation OR integrity. Keep doing what you're doing, and people will continue to stop by to read about the exploits of a boy named Waffles.

5:05 PM

 
Blogger jjok said...

shut up.


:)


I've always enjoyed your posts because I can tell that you present exactly how you feel, even if you can't spell sometymes.

10:52 PM

 
Blogger Drizztdj said...

Continue to be yourself Sir Waffle.

Never lose that.

7:59 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Integrity? You are a selfish, petty, vindictive little shit who doesn't know the first thing about loyalty.

What kind of friend are you?

Wake up and see who your friends really are. They are the ones that stand up for you when you are being attacked. Stop shitting on them. Be a man.

8:35 AM

 
Blogger iamhoff said...

Waffles,

So did you like promise to adopt anonymous and not follow thru or something?

9:23 AM

 
Blogger StB said...

I have often wondered how many people inflate their actual winnings or what happens at the table just to make themselves appear better than they are. If it ain't honest then it ain't worth reading. Unless it is hilarious. You hit both.

9:42 AM

 
Blogger SirFWALGMan said...

LMAO. I love that people do anonymous posts calling me names.

10:11 AM

 
Blogger Matt Silverthorn said...

I love that people posting anonymously tell you to be a man, when they are too cowardly to come out of the shadows themselves.

You are a jackass, though. ;-)

10:14 AM

 
Blogger 23skidoo said...

Good post waffles!
I agree wholehartedly with the sentiment. When I first found the blogger 'world' I was intimitated, and felt cheap and fake since I'm not a pro, nor do I play with a 4+ digit bankroll. Then I remembered that I really don't care and have tried to shoot straight since the beginning.

10:17 AM

 
Blogger HCR said...

whats the point in blogging bullshit? Would be a waste of time. Cheers!

11:03 AM

 

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