Sunday, 23 December 2012

Fact v Fantasy

For weeks I've ignored multiple jibes, and recently three direct attacks, from a blog called Strictly Come Flexing. Responding is made more difficult by the fact that the owner - Mark (markabba) - usually deletes the posts (1) after a couple of days, and sometimes within minutes. That's what just happened with two more direct attacks.

Mark's latest claim is that after he posted a photo of a guy who was going to be on Strictly's YouTube channel, I "pounced" on the guy, to get him on FlexingLads, too.

The fact is, Mark's post went up Saturday (Dec 22), but I'd already contacted the guy Thursday (Dec 20) to ask if he'd like a clip on FL to promote his own channel. And I'd found his channel when someone posted his video on a forum last week.

That's how the internet works. People discover stuff, share it - contacts are made. People network - everyone benefits.

I have seen some guys on Mark's sites first, and approached them with an offer. He's done the same with FL. That's how the internet is supposed to work.

Mark says he has no problem with guys being on both channels. So why does he flip out when that happens?

Who has the right to tell people which sites they should be on anyhow? No one.

Think about it. Channels like FL and Strictly get free content from guys who've worked hard to look good, and produced the videos themselves. In return, they get more exposure and new subs. That's a reasonable exchange.

If on top of that you want people exclusive to your sites, you need to offer a contract and a salary!

A couple more facts: since Mark launched his channel (Oct 7), Mark has uploaded clips from 19 guys; I've uploaded clips from 15. How many of them are the same? Four. And all have been pleased with the boost they've gotten.

So can we move on, and allow this to work for everyone?

Regarding Mark's promise to "expose" me in February, why wait? Why not say what you have to say now, Mark? And why make a joint video with your friend Adam in New York, when you could do it now over the internet? Just make a Google hangout.

Since you've raised these topics, I will address them, especially for people who didn't know about our "feud", in a later post.

(1) Update: Mark's now deleted this linked page - which was a post about other deleted posts!

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