Now time for some shameless self promotion. For the last few weeks, Andy Young, who runs the impeccable Siberian Light, has been conducting interviews of bloggers of Russia. Today his interview with me went up on his site. Read and be merry.
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By Sean — 11 years ago
My internet connection was down since Saturday. When I was able to connect last night, a whopping 160+ comments were posted to SRB. As one can see, I’ve given up trying to moderate the comments. First, there are too many to monitor and I don’t have the time or desire to read through them. Second, it seems that the several people who do regularly comment seem to be enjoying themselves. I figure, why spoil the fun. Third, I want to keep things as open as possible. This requires that I don’t make any judgments about who crosses the line and when. Plus the rhetorical response seems to be accusations of bias and favoritism. However true they latter may be (I’ve never claimed nor would I ever claim to be objective. I find “objectivity” meaningless anyway.), I don’t want to play schoolyard monitor. If someone kicks sand in your face, either kick back or walk away. I will of course give my view at times.
With all that said, I do want to make a few statements to new and reoccurring commenters.
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- Since I’m not moderating comments and it has become a free for all, any comments made are the opinion of the commenter alone and not that of Sean’s Russia Blog.
- If you comment, you do so at your own risk. If people verbally jump all over you like rabid dogs, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
- As one can see, flame wars are ablaze in the comment’s section. The best way to avoid getting burnt is don’t respond to provocation. There are several sensible people who comment on SRB. There are also flat out provocateurs who apparently hide behind “anonymous” and a variety of sockpuppets. The best thing to do is ignore these maniacal egoists. Just remember sticks and stones . . .
- And please, please try not to make SRB too hostile of a place. I appreciate that many of you have turned SRB into a virtual meeting place. It would be unfortunate if a few made the place so poisonous that people are just turned off.
- Have fun!
By Sean — 2 years ago
Since 2005, I’ve provided critical commentary on Russia’s past and present on this blog.
These many years of blogging proved to me that there is general public interest beyond the academy and expert community for critical, nuanced, and thoughtful commentary on Russia. In 2015, I decided to take advantage of this hunger and start the SRB Podcast that features academics, journalists, policy makers, and pundits on Eurasia’s past and present.
The mission for the SRB Podcast is simple:
- To provide a space for the many, many interesting thinkers who do amazing work to express their views, discuss their work, and contribute to the larger public discussion on the region.
- To give the public access to the wonderful and growing body of research that is crucially important, especially as tensions in the region flare, for painting a picture of Eurasia in all its complexity.
It is my hope that the SRB Podcast will make a modest contribution to the spread of this knowledge to an interested public.
The podcast has been more successful than I’ve anticipated. So far I’ve conducted 40 interviews which have garnered over 100,000 listens. Monthly listens surpassed 10,000 in April and May. Once again this proves there is an audience for this knowledge.
I’m convinced that getting people access to this knowledge is not a problem of content, but of form.
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Many listeners have told me that they appreciate the diversity of guests, views, and topics on the show.
The success of the SRB Podcast has reached a point where I must ask listeners for their financial support.
I have created a donation page on Patreon. You can go there to make a contribution or click on the buttons above and below this post.
The SRB Podcast is produced at a low cost. But a cost nonetheless. Expenses include equipment, server hosting, and subscriptions to various social media platforms. In addition to these direct monetary costs, the podcast takes time to prepare and produce. I do everything myself: contact with publishers and guests, interview preparation, conducting the show, recording, editing, and production, and promotion and social media (though this last part is also done with the much appreciated help of listeners, for which I am extremely grateful). Any other labor that goes into making the SRB Podcast possible is thanks to guests devoting their precious time to talk to me and the great amounts of time they devote to producing their knowledge.
Given its mission, the SRB Podcast will always remain free and open access.
So if you enjoy the SRB Podcast and want to help realize it its mission, I ask that you make a financial contribution to help support, expand and sustain its ongoing work.Post Views: 813
By Sean — 10 years ago
Wow. You know when you’re doing something right (or wrong) when you get bile thrown at you. After a long silence, the ever loving La Russophobe has once again made me the object of obsession. “Sean Guillory, Three Time Loser” is, well, what you would expect.
If I’m really all the things Miss Bliss says I am, then why waste the column space? If I’m so pathetic and insignificant, then why not just ignore me? I guess I’m a thorn in her side. The funny thing is that I didn’t even know it. I probably wouldn’t have found out about this latest tirade if someone didn’t email it to me. And she calls me a loser!?.
Kim is so obsessed with me that sometimes I really do think that she’s just in love. And that is the scariest thought of all.
Hey, Kim, if you’re reading, thanks for the laugh. And for the plug.Post Views: 257