People have been asking for the scoop on it, Matt's motivation and for my opinion of it? One of our frequent, pro-Roloff poster -- Dana -- posed this question: "Spirits, are you worried that you have competition in the Roloff blogging world with the blog Matt has been talking about?"
The answer would no. As we have stated many times, no one associated with Spiritswander makes a single dime off this blog. So it's not like we are the Burger King afraid that a McDonalds opened around the corner and will make us broke.
We do what we do and people seem to appreciate it. Our niche is that we are an independent site focusing on the Roloffs without an agenda. Our goal has always been to be a news outlet regarding the Roloffs and LPBW related people and items. We present all information - The Good, Bad and Ugly. We present it, sometimes voice if I feel it is a good, bad or ugly and then you, the reader, can decide for yourself what you think of the information. We have always subscribed by the theory that people appreciate knowing about the buzz, about what is going on. They like to know for themselves. They don't like to have information censored because someone doesn't want you to know something. So we attempt to pass along all information and be as honest and as real as possible.
Obviously the official Roloff and TLC sites have value for people interested in the Roloffs. People always enjoy hearing what they have to say publicly or the Roloff PR Spin. However, that can also be the downside of offical sites -- particularly Matt Roloff run sites. They are under the direction of Matt and (understandably) you're only going to hear what Matt Roloff wants you to hear -- what has been described as the 'Matt Roloff Spin'.
As for my opinion on Matt Roloff having an official blog they are associated with and why? I do have to wonder why Matt feels it is necessary? One of the stated reasons was to have a place for more expanded thoughts and Matt's Facebook posts need to be brief. Well, there is such a thing as "Notes" on Facebook pages (which basically is a blog post) that could serve that purpose if that was the real reason.
I have to agree with some of our frequent readers that concluded the same thing. It's no secret that the only consistent Roloff blog on the internet is Spiritswander. Matt hates that there is a source of Roloff information that he isn't in control of so....ta-da -- RoloffWorld.blogspot ?
As for the blog itself....it is being presented as a Roloff friend who has thoughts independent of Matt. A Roloff friend that talks to Camerino and has lunch with Matt and knows the ins and outs of Matt's day and blogs about it, as well as relays stories about how although Matt was sick and not feeling well, he still graciously chatted with an excited fan.
As I said, we always try to be real here, so let's examine together.
We can share a few real details to give you an idea of what Matt is like with friends and information. Perhaps one of the most insightful descriptions of Matt came from a very close friend of the Roloffs. The exact quote was "There is no way, if it's not Matt's way. Matt is in charge of everything." Friends have reported that Matt has given them instructions that he doesn't want them speaking about the Roloffs (keep in mind, most of their core group of friends would be nothing but positive anyway), but Matt doesn't want them letting out any detail that he might not want the public knowing. Matt himself has spoken about this in the past - publicly posting that he would cut friends out of their circle if he found out they were talking about them (not necessarily anything bad, simply talking). It kind of makes one wonder what there is to hide, doesn't it?
Another story that gives insight into Matt and his control of information is a few years ago when fans on Matt's website wanted to ask Jeremy and Zach questions. A fan that Zach had accepted onto his real Myspace account years ago, volunteered to ask Zach questions and report his answers. The fan stated that Zach agreed. The next thing that happened was Matt's appointed staff stating that Matt did not like that idea and it was best that the questions and answers go through her. Matt obviously wanted to ensure that nothing was asked and nothing was reported without his knowledge. The result was that they were all very fluffy question and answers and one carefully crafted and phrased question about a controversial subject.
So Matt Roloff has a reputation of being very paranoid about people that know the Roloffs talking about them. And now all of a sudden, Matt is completely on board with a friend blogging about them. Not only that, but the blog has implied that Camerino might even write... and Jeremy and Zach might contribute too, so.....yes, I would say that it makes sense that it is actually Matt's staff, at least the person that works for Matt as his admin on his Facebook page.
I think the logical conclusion would be that Matt is obviously in control of it all, everything goes through Matt -- regardless of what they will say publicly. There seems to be an effort to stress that Matt is not in control -- which I don't believe at all. That would completely go against Matt Roloff's style. Matt doesn't just let friends talk about them, employees speak, or even his own (almost) 20 year old sons without him being in control of the information.
I also note the disclaimer -- "The views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Matt Roloff." So since it is a Matt Roloff staffer most likely operating under the direction of Matt Roloff -- it seems to be a way for Matt to express himself, his spin on subjects without actually ever being held accountable for what is said.