Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Dude Write Catch 22

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Catch 22 by Joseph Heller was a defining literary work for many of my generation.  Many references give the following definition: "a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem or by a rule."

In the novel, a World War II pilot feels that he would be crazy to continue to fly missions into hostile territory.  All he has to do is admit this insanity which he suffers to the military and he won't have to fly any more missions.  Such an admission, however; would be in and of itself a sane act and therefor he would be proven sane by his actions.

Think of a game of chicken, or in the case of War Games, thermonuclear war.  As prudent and peace bringing as it would be to bomb an enemy into wasteland, there is the likelihood that same enemy would have to launch its own nuclear devices and thus bring war and complete destruction to both sides.

Now that you believe we are completely struggling to find ANYTHING with a 22 in it, just to make the week relevant...

The Editors Catch 22 has become admitting that we have a problem.

Dude Write's Catch 22 has become our voting.  You see we desperately want to become the voice for men in the blogging community.  We want to become an ally.  We want to see all the talented male bloggers become Blogstars.

In order to do that, we need participation.

Participants want to separate themselves from the rest and winning certainly does that.

As participation grows, our readership is expanded by the followers of all of our blogs.

But we are finding that many of the more popular fellows are bringing more readers and more voters.

This leads to the same guys winning.

This leads to less guys wanting to participate.

This leads to our participation shrinking as well as our readership.

This leads to all of us becoming less of a Blogstar.

And thus... our Catch 22.

SO, we'd love to hear your feedback, either in the comments below (which allows threading of responses) or if your idea is truly revolutionary and you don't want credit, you can use the anonymous comment box at the top right of our page.  We truly appreciate all that have stayed with us and our new guys.  Please continue your support of Dude Write and Dudes Writing all over the blogosphere!

On with the show!

Dude Write Rules

For a quick guide on linking up, see the Dude Write Rules page for everything you need to know.To Summarize:
Write Original, Quality, Non-commercialized (or Pornographic) posts.
Read other Dude's entries and tweet / comment the ones you like.
Come back Sunday night through Tuesday and use 5 votes on what you liked.
Shortly after voting ends, a wonderful follow-up post will arrive with our patented (no not really, but they should be) Diamond, Platinum and Gold Man Cards, as well as our Chairman's Choice of which there will be at least 2 for the week. We will also be honoring the best comment on the Starting Lineup with our Color Commentator Man Card.

And Then?

There is no more "and then" if you have questions post 'em to Twitter or contact the editors.

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Like a Mantra only better. Read (as many as you can), Tweet (the ones you like), Vote (for 3 on Sunday night through Tuesday night).