Tuesday, July 31, 2007

From the crisis we’ve created with our self-indulgent ways

I don't have much time to post today, I'm again working every single flippin' day this week, straight through Sunday, but I did want to share an article I saw with y'all.

It's about blogging and what it does (or apparently does not!) add to our culture.

Somebody the other day asked me if I didn't think blogging was a narcissistic waste of time. Obviously, I don't think that, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it. When I started, I was just looking for a way to improve my writing and tell some of the stories I had picked up just from living here, but I also discovered some great blogs as I surfed around. Maybe it's just the archaeologist-historian in me, but I think everyone has a story to tell, and most of you tell it incredibly well. Some of you were and are writers by trade, but some of you are metal workers, nurses, moms, dads, regular people telling incredible stories about yourselves and your lives.

This article is a bit cynical, and it makes a point, but this guy has obviously never read any of you. If he did, he might be a bit hopeful.


Oh, and a quick side note, the program director at the classic rock station I worked on last week has decided I do, indeed, need to have my picture on the website. I hemmed and hawed and then he told me he could put a picture of Paris Hilton in my place. I told him if he put my name underneath a picture of the walking hazardous waste pit, I'd quit. So, I get to have "my picture made", as they say here in the south.


Robot Lord of Tokyo said...

You don't have time to post, but you have time to comment on my blog? Awesome! :)

eduardo waghorn said...

Hello! I found you from WUBA, I liked very much your space!!
Hug and greetings from Chile...visit me whenever you wish...

willowtree said...

There are times that I blog to impart wisdom, there are times that I blog to make people laugh, and there are times that I blog to voice a counter opinion or rail against a perceived injustice. But mostly I blog because I'm a narcissist with a lot of time on my hands that I'm happy to waste.

Saphyre Rose said...

I blog, therefore...I, wait, what am I?
I blog because I am a Pagan, a Wiccan who is setting in the middle of Southern Baptist territory.
At first, I just wanted to educate the people that the Pagans you see in Hollywood movies are NOT the Pagans running around today...they never were.
But then, no matter how much I argued or tried to explain against their ignorant rantings, howlers and flamers to my posts I realized that some people are meant to be sheep. Once trained any new ideas hurts their head.

So now when I make a Pagan post, I do it just to piss them off.

I am not evil, just ornery, big difference.

Jen said...

RLOT It's amazing how I find time to do things that are important *grin* i think it was really just an excuse for a piss-poor entry.

willowtree I don't think you're a narcissist. You care about other people (to a degree, how much...?). Besides, most of us enjoy how you waste your time.

saphyre rose Ornery is good. My brother is a Pagan, and I studied modern paganism as part of my comparative religion minor, although some of my professors dismissed it as a "fake" religion. I could never really get them to define that!

Flutterbot said...

"Walking hazardous waste pit" OMFG Hilareous!

JRH said...

Narcissistic waste of time? Maybe. But really, I've come to the conclusion that, for me, doing this is simply a convenient creative outlet. Seems like I hardly ever have time to sit down and noodle around on my old piano these days, much less paint or sketch, but I can type out a few (hopefully) creative thoughts during my lunch break. And yeah, I guess I could just keep a journal, but it's much more inspirational to think you've got an audience of sorts out there. Creative people need an outlet. Is that narcissistic? Maybe. So be it.