Monday, May 15, 2006

An open letter to V: Blog whore for you

As some of you might know, this and this has happened to me a couple times in the brief year that I have been blogging. It’s pretty normal to get tired of having to scrape through your brain everyday-ish to post something entertaining for a bunch of people you don’t know.

I’ve had a couple conversations with bloggers about why they blog. While there are many reasons, I think most of them fall somewhere within “I must get this off my chest” to “I want an audience because I’m really interesting/hot/funny/special.”

When my answer became “I must blog because I have a blog,” I realized my content might be getting a little stale. And, I don’t like that. Because I understand my Gang of 5 readers have only so much free time during the day, and I don’t want to waste it with something that I don’t even think is interesting and it’s ABOUT ME.

So about two months ago, I was really considering cashing it in. Because honestly, I love you regs, and it’s fun when I have something to talk about, but honestly, it can be a little much. Then one day I realized I am surrounded by many interesting people. I decided to start peer pressuring my friends and even random people to start writing posts for me.

I think it’s worked pretty well. Most of their posts get your interest, and I’ve tried to get something from someone new at least once a week. There are always the issues of getting them to understand the tone and general mores of blogs, but I’ve been pretty pleased with what I’ve been given.

One of my more controversial guest bloggers is blondesurferdude. I sent him an e-mail with some tips and he responded to me and to all bloggers below:

An Open Letter to V

Dear V:

While in negotiations over my next opus (which, by the way, will be a work of incisive insight), you had the nerve to write that I should "remember to make it...concise as possible....My average reader is on for about two minutes, is in his/her late 20s, early 30s."

I fear this won't be the last time I'll have to threaten my resignation as guest-blogger on your august site to maintain my artistic integrity. Know that there is a number of blogs of great repute vying for my services.

I'm greatly concerned, not just that you would care what the average moron thinks about you, but particularly that you would care what they think about your blog. The blog is the ultimate self-serving form of expression. There are a number of gainful uses for a blog, but pandering to your "average reader" in order to get some more hits isn't one of them.

Bloggers! For once in your pathetic lives, express for the pleasure of expressing (I hope the pleasure I am currently enjoying comes across here)! Don't allow that pleasure to be mitigated by the infantile attention span of the average web browser on a lunch break. If you want to whore out to a particular audience, you might as well just get a job at a PR firm and start writing ad copy. Then you can spend your lunch breaks scanning the web for someone with a goddamn mind of their own.

Love,

BlondeSurferDude

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I thought you might enjoy his thoughts. And, you can rest assured that I’ll be around a little longer. I’ve got several posts in the queue and am optimistic the friends and strangers I have requested content from will continue to indulge my “whoring” for you.




9 Comments:

Blogger Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

Would you please summarize what Haole Boy said - I only made it through his first two paragraphs. ;)

1:58 PM  
Blogger O-FACE said...

I heart "whores"

* When i hear people complain about the time it takes to blog, I just wanna fucking puke. Its about as bad, when I hear actors complain about "The difficulty of setting the moment for the scene". Get the fcuk out of here with that bullshit. It takes a half hour, time that somebody like me would of spent blowing intestinal oxygen into the wind or contemplating the meaning of my bloody steak at dinner time. We all have time during our days to write something insightful, funny, and meaningful that resonates with everybody, regardless of background...I mean its not like I have to write something and then send it to a editor for evaluation and then over for fact checking. I sit at my fucking screen and I type what I think...was the most relavent issue for the day...according to me. Look YOu just keep doing the dam thing..take a break..but don't stop...don't ever stop.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous rcr said...

My blog has started to affect my personal life, so I'm going to stop until I can find a way to manage the two together.

4:17 PM  
Blogger V said...

Fitz: I'm a whore for you. That's about it.

o-face: thanks for those thoughts. I would say you are right to a degree, but blogging does take some time and thought, and it can be a little draining. There is even a little pressure associated with it....ANYWAY, I'm not bitching or whining--I obviously really enjoy it and don't plan on stopping anytime soon.

RCR: Yikes. I can see how that would be a problem. I am curious how such a thing happened because I feel like of all the bloggers, you dish about yourself the least. Well, I hope it works out for you.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Complacent Chase said...

Oh, don't get me started on Blondesurferdude! Ugh!

You know I love you and your blog.

You know I don't post everyday. Mainly because I am busy, but also because I don't feel that I HAVE to post everyday. I write when I am inspired by something (not to say that said inspiration is always profound).

You do you.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Virgle Kent said...

V,

I feel you on this. When you first start blogging and it’s new and fresh everything seems so exciting, like when you date your first strippers with fake boobs. Then after you’ve done everything you wanted to do, there’s nothing left to do and your left feeling shallow and empty. Like that cold feeling you get in your stomach after you watch porn on Sunday morning.

Sometimes this blog things starts out being fun then becomes and addiction, then in the end it feels like a job because you know your five readers come daily and expect you to put forth your best. To cut back on it all you do what any smart Amercan would do and you outsourced. Don’t feel bad, take as much time as you need the return like MJ whenever the fuck you want and drop 40 on em.

Side note, sorry for the stripper analogy but I know this is one of those classy blogs and I didn’t want to use the committing a murder and having sex with the warm corpse scenario and how after you third time that becomes boring. I thought it would be too much.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

You can be my Queen.

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Sweet said...

Do whatever you want, we'll still be here. And regardless of what you're writing about, I enjoy reading your various opinions on things. After reading your recent poker story, I found myself flipping channels on the tube recently and (gasp!) actually stopping to watch a tournament. You might have opened up a new addiction for me!

9:31 AM  
Blogger KassyK said...

Hey--Don't go!! As a somewhat newer blogger...you have been one I watch out for daily and that is HUGE considering the amt of people I have met in this short period of time...You are not self-important or annoying and you keep me feeling ok about binge drinking at the cluuuubs. :-) STAYYYY! But I understand the pressure as well...not just to write but to read your regulars and sometimes comment and keep it interesting. Dont worry girl, you are doing just fine.

11:08 AM  

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