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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Looking in the Mirror

I don't know if I should contribute any longer to my blog.

I've been asking myself, what's the point? One blog in millions. I sit in front of the computer to write something for people to read, but why do I do it? These are my standard blog entries:

1.) A comment or opinion on something. Something quasi-journalistic, but of course, not really, because it's basically unedited and untempered ranting. But really - who cares what my opinions are? Why are they worth writing about?

2.) A deliberately tongue-in-cheek story-ish entry, including dialogue and funny pictures. Usually immature. Why should I do that? How am I bettering myself or others by posting something ninth-graders would probably come up with? So many hours spent writing something that didn't improve my abilities whatsoever...

3.) Short stories. These seem to be the only worthwhile contributions, because I try harder at these, and hopefully people enjoy the content more than the other stuff, which mostly feel to me like brain-farts. But to make them blog-worthy, I edit them down and chop out various passages to keep the length punchy, or else nobody reads them. And the point is to get people to read, right? But why do I care if people read what I posted?

4.) Movie reviews. Rottentomates.com is a better resource, certainly.

Suddenly it all seems like such a waste of time.

17 Comments:

Blogger tubbyman said...

Fuck that shit. Goddamnit, Argus, you're one of about 5 blogs that I can actually stand reading. If you're getting down about comments, I suggest that you read some. Most of them are clique-ish social commenting by other people who blog and are looking for a friend network. Funk that. I gave up cliques in junior high. People who aren't bloggers don't comment, for the most part, and if you've written anything worth a damn, it usually doesn't require a comment anyway.

1) I read blogs because they are entertaining and real. It's unedited, off the cuff dialogue that goes through exactly zero filters before it's published, and sometimes it comes out great and sometimes it's crap. But whatever it is, it's real. In a world of marketing, advertising, risk assessment, and just general being a goddamn pussy and not speaking your mind when you get a chance, blogs are a refreshing exception, and that is reason enough for me to read and/or write one.

2) Immature, possibly. Most of the things in life worth doing are the ones that are immature. What are the things that put a smile on your face that you end up telling people when you sit around and swap stories? I'd bet a million dollars that it's not the story about the time that you were mature and saved 1/2 percent on your taxes or successfully budgeted your finances. Hell no. It's the time that you planted one on an unsuspecting cocktail waitress and got slapped, or opened your car up to see what she could do, or launched melons around the neighborhood with a water balloon launcher. None of these things are mature, but, Goddamnit, they're fun. Same for blogging.

3) Short stories rock. If you're writing for your audience (an arguable conjecture in itself), then write for it. If your audience is made up of the people who are interested in reading prose, then it is a small audience. So what? Is being a part of the herd really that great? It always gave me the willies. Book sales and library visits are low, low, low. People who are interested in reading prose comprise 5% or less of the general populous. If you wanna hit the other 95%, you'd have to start writing about some TV show. Fodder for the masses is just that, fodder. The media is inundated with least common denominator horseshit and people eat it up. Big deal. Most people want passive, mind numbing entertainment. A minority want something else, but it doesn't mean the minority entertainment isn't worthwhile.

4) Movie reviews. I gotta agree with you on that. Cut that shit out. How's that for tongue-in-cheek, you Goddamn Canuck bastard? And no, I will not insert a smiley so that you all know that I'm joking. Would "Clint, God of the Stairs" put a smiley in here? Hell no. That shit will get your ass gutshot.

At the end of the day, you'll do whatever the Hell you wanna do, but I like your blog, and that is that.

1:58 AM  
Blogger transience said...

oh no you don't. not when i was just warming up. i would be more eloquent, insert a swear word or something my potty mouth would conjure up, but since we're not that intimate (yet), i am afraid to toe boundaries. so i'll go back to what i said earlier. oh no you don't.

11:31 AM  
Blogger The Everglades said...

Your blog is one of my daily entertaiment stops, just like any other website that I really dig, like The Onion for example. I know I'm going to get a unique view point when I come here. Your writing is so much less belabored than mine, and I was thinking that I should stop blogging as well. I spend more time doing this than I should.

Blake

1:07 PM  
Blogger The Mayor said...

You are an insect.

Your defeatism has a stench all its own. Go ahead, crawl back to Momma, you bug. Give up, surrender, beg for mercy, hide in your own urine soaked underwear.

Your destiny is to suffer. Writing your blog is an important part of that destiny. Now get with the program.

Fenris, I care

10:21 PM  
Blogger Wardo said...

Hmm. Wide-ranging comments here.

Tubbyman, thanks for the essay. That was informative seeing your point of view on numerous topics. And on many things I hadn't thought of. I got the warm and fuzzies learning that you "can stand" the blog.

Transience, Blake: I appreciate the thoughts. I wrote the above post in a state of inebriation; maybe it was just me saying, 'gee, I seem to spend a lot of time doing this.' I'm going to keep posting, but I suppose I'm just wondering where the entire blog thing should go from here.

Mayor: Thanks for comin' by. I didn't know though that insects crawl back to their mothers.

-A

10:45 PM  
Blogger Perfect Virgo said...

Stay with the programme Argus. It's as much therapy for you as it is for your readers.

Your short stories are thought-provoking and sharp. I reckon they are worth the entrance fee alone...

3:30 PM  
Blogger Sandra Gutiérrez said...

I just found out a blog I used to read shut down. It seems everybody is reconsidering writting blogs because now, every person in this world has one and that makes less probable someone coming to our blogs and reading them. I think that's bullshit! We should definitely keep on writting and showing people that, no matter how many people with nothing to do, write blogs there are still just a few worth reading. And yours is one of them. Stay with us! for the sake of the internet and human minds. Take care.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Sandra Gutiérrez said...

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8:02 PM  
Blogger aughra said...

No it is not! But, if you really think that, link to your amazon wishlist - that is making it all kinds of worthwhile to me!

10:18 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Your blog is one of the few that i really look forward to reading. I'm constantly checking it and I can barely wait for the next story to be written. Especially when you break them into parts. It's like a drug and I'm addicted to finding out whats going to come next. And it is so nice to read other people rant about the most important, bizarre or even worthless things in life. It brings a sense of surrealness to the expectations of everyday routine. Seriously, you rock, don't stop!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

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2:48 PM  
Blogger Aleksu said...

Your blog, your rules, your decision about what to post.

And if we come once in a while to check it out, good. A post elicits a comment? Even better.

I agree with Tubbyman, just be yourself.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Wardo said...

Thanks for the comments, guys. I wasn't fishing when I wrote the post, I was just in a bad mood.

I'll be continuing to post updates, the blog has been a valuable learning experience for me.

-A

4:16 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

I saw your post and got here that way.

If you're writing because of a need to write and connect, keep writing here.

If you enjoy it, keep writing here. In the end, that's all that matters--how you feel about what you do.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Bottle Rocket Fire Alarm said...

I just caught this post. Didn't notice it last night.

Every once in a while I read something I wrote, and my impulse is to delete and remove everything.

I stop myself. I usually feel better about it all the next day. Sounds like you just had the same thing happen to you.

As for feedback, I must admit it helps. It spurs me to write more frequently. Still, I'm careful to write the content for myself first. The audience is incidental.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Kamigaeru said...

Sheesh, you miss a day of reading and this is what happens! I'm glad to see that the situation is resolved, however, and you're not going to ditch us, Argus. How else is one supposed to get the RDA of short stories these days?

Addicted reader,

--K

3:52 PM  
Blogger Willow said...

Everyone blogs for different reasons...


some people have memes, some movie reviews, some to complain about their job, some to keep their photos... I blog for me and just try to keep in mind that people might be reading it so I clarify when it feels appropriate. I treat my blog like a paper diary.

Any way you choose to blog is obviously fine... but if you are ready to give it up, maybe you just need a change in focus?

4:01 PM  

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