I have never considered my website a blog. I don’t really know why, though I suspect that it has something to do with the fact that everyone blogs and I didn’t want to be just like everyone else. I supose that the truth is that my page is more of a blog than most of the blogs that I actually read. Blog is defined as a “web log”, which I assume is more like a diary or journal than most of the stuff that I read.
I read several political blogs, a couple of sex blogs (not with pictures, just odd stories and practices), all of them are just fluff though. These blogs like to define themselves as a part of the Blogosphere, which I will define as a bunch of people who don’t have a single thought of their own, yet create web sites that do nothing more than respond to other web sites. That is more like a pseudo cult in my eyes. The imagined ‘blogosphere’ will be different for any person who sees it, since he/she will only be looking at the sites that they like to read. One more step and they will be drinking tainted Kool-Aid while talking about Jonestown.
The most fascinating blogs have nothing to do with current events, at least in my eyes. Not to mention that they meet the criteria to be a blog, with actual personal experiences and stuff on them. That would be as opposed to the political ‘blogosphere’ that takes something that someone may or may not have said, puts each site’s own spin on it, then makes new posts to reply to posts that they have found elsewhere on the internet. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read my liberal political blogs, I have certain thoughts and ideals and those blogs confirm them. But they are not blogs. They are actual facts that have been spun to the point that I like to accept them, not the truth, but the truth with a bit of commentary and cherry-picked facts…So, Wabloids, perhaps… You know, Web Tabloids, but I know that it is spun just so for me. Not an actual “web log” by any stretch of the imagination.
I have found that I am a voyeur of sorts, not in the looking for naked chicks way, more in the reading little tid-bits from other people’s lives way. Isn’t it reassuring to know that God’s master plan involves suckitude for lots of people other than yourself? I think it is, and I can read about it on any of the myriad blogs that I happen across. Real life, in text, complete with emotion and hardship, that is what I read the blogs for. Real Life being the key.
I suppose it is time to admit that I am really blogging, but until the political, sexual, and otherwise underhanded, blog sites admit that they are not really blogs, I will be a bit reluctant.
What we really need to happen is for the political blogs to adopt a new name, “Plogs” (political blogs) is the first that springs to mind. “Recycling a possible fact for several months for the purpose of retaining readership” is my second stab at it. How about, “We spin, you read.”?
Bloggers of the world unite, talk about mundane shit, that is what we do. Stay away from the spiral that starts when you get into political discussion, that is what we shouldn’t do. I enjoy reading about lives much more than reading recycled political discussions for the eleventeenth time, maybe that is just me…