Sunday, July 02, 2006
9 reasons to skip blogging
Carrie Snell aka Sea Snail, has issued forth her meta-blog list of "12 reasons to skip blogging".
I can see John C. Dvorak, Paul Woodhouse, Evan Williams, Jason Calacanis, Doc Searls, David Weinberger, and Chris Locke laughing at this post of Carrie's. It's funny, for sure.
Let's put on our thinking caps and examine her first 9 reasons, which are more universal than the last 3 reasons. To enliven the debate, I'll attach my running commentary in [red bracketed type].
1. blogging is for lame-o's who have no life, but like to pretend that they have a life.
[VASPERS: I have a life. Just because 80% of it is in the blogosphere, is no reason to call it lame. I hope.]
2. blogging is like a never-ending pursuit that gets you nowhere... often nobody reads your glorious posts of wisdom and they are just left there to float like a corpse in the ether.
[VASPERS: This is as it should be. The main benefit of blogging is how it impacts the blogger herself. She is transformed by her own blog. A blogger benefits by improving her thinking, debating, analysis, writing, editing, HTML, CSS, RSS, and web design skills.]
3. essentially blogging is the new version of talking to oneself.
[VASPERS: Very astute. Yes, in most cases, blogging is a narcissistic neurotic reflex, self-talk, auto-chatter, idio-prolixity, overly verbose nomenclature offspewing. Awful offal.
But...every boring voice that rises up against the MSM/Govt./Religious Information Hegemony is welcome! Speak up, speak out, speak loud!]
4. nobody is as obsessed with your life as you are, so get over it already!
[VASPERS: Are ppl obsessed with their lives, or are they obsessed with exhibitionism? Obsessed with reader reactions? Obsessed with Chatty Cathyism?
Online friendships are very dubious, to say the least, with all the predators and psychos out there. But Carrie and I have become rather good friends. I even postal mail things to many of my blogo-comrades, and they mail things to me.]
5. nobody from the 'real world' understands blogging, and don't bother trying to explain it to them, because they won't get it, and they will just think you are strange and have no life.
[VASPERS: Normals, non-bloggers from the real world...hell, they don't understand anything anyway. They "have a life" of greedy materialism, negligent parenting, and stupid ass voting for their new oppressors.]
6. there are eight hundred million other things you really should be doing instead! come on!
[VASPERS: And there are over 50 million blogs, if you count Non-English language blogs. I escape the confines of imprisoned blogging, by working in our gardens.]
7. nobody cares!
[VASPERS: Correct. Just a handful of true friends will care...and even they can't make it to every single post we fart out.]
8. you'll eventually run out of blogworthy material and start making shit up like i am right now.
[VASPERS: Right and wrong. Right: we run out of things to say, so we need to read books and other blogs to get ideas. Wrong: when we are most depleted and exhausted or frustrated--often, that's when our best work comes out.]
9. it's a waste of time.
[VASPERS: Right. Blogging (writing posts, posting comments at other blogs, reading other blogs, etc.) is a huge time drain sink.
Blogs swallow enormous chunks of time. That, plus Authenticity, Passion, and Integrity, is why CEOs run away from the blogosphere like frightened little girls. ]
Now, can you think of any further reasons why Blogging is Futile and Silly? While corporations and individuals can use blogs for good purposes, many use them for vanity, exhibitionism, narcissistic spiels.
Post a comment and let's hear YOUR opinion. Thanks.
Posted by steven edward streight at 7/02/2006 11:08:00 AM