Intellectual honesty is a rare gift in blogs these days… after all, there is no incentive to tell the truth or even be willing to do any research in an environment in which you are almost entirely anonymous.
Why should you bother to be genuine when rampant hypocracy would actually increase your visitor count?
well, there appears (in my opinion) to be a number of things that you can do to discover whether a blogger is being intellectually genuine, or merely coming up with a new way of trolling or selling ad hits.
1. The blog ignores dissent: If posts contrary to the established theme of the blog are regularly removed, or if comments are automatically ‘moderated’ before being approved for posting, (ei ‘this post is awaiting moderation’) then the blogger is not looking for genuine discourse… they are simply looking for a platform that they can spout off without any sort of argument. This does not include posts that are post-edited for profanity… some sites are more family-friendly than others.
2. Every post is about a hotly-debated controversy: Of course, some blogs have a highly disputed theme, but not all posts neccessarily have to be about something that will cause masses of arguments. The kinds of blogs that are always controversial are generally just trolls with nothing useful and no original thought to add to an issue.
3. the blog reprints stories from other blogs or news articles: while the occasional reprint is alright if it’s within the theme of the blog, it should be accompanied by your own analysis unless it is an auto-reprint from an allied ‘brother site’. blogs that exclusively resort to reprints and outright plagiarism are looking for nothing more than hit counts from public searches.’
I know that this is mostly a rant on my part, but I have seen a huge number of sites developing in the manosphere that are simply trying to tag onto the popularity of the political incorrect news model without ever presenting any new content, or simply being a way for a putative author to spout controversy without disagreement. Do yourselves a favor. create your own content. allow open debate, don’t be too heavy-handed on the ‘delete post’ button. if you have a well-thought out disagreement, RESEARCH it. come back with a well-reasoned and researched response. It will improve your writing and blogging skills.