Sunday, November 01, 2009

when your dreamboat turns out to be a footnote

I'm still not quite sure how I managed to convince myself that this would be a good idea.  

Perhaps it was being a little envious of the people who are participating in NaNoWriMo, probably it had something to do with my dissatisfaction with Facebook, which was most certainly combined with my fear that I am succumbing to its fast food communication mentality.  Ultimately though, the blame rests with Justrun.  Mom, she started it!

I have been noticed a cooling off in my bogging activity lately.  And not just in the amount of time I spend attending to my own blatherings, but in the amount of visits that I make to your blogs.  And this bothers me.  Because the blogging community is where you get meat and bones discussion, its where people can explore ideas and emotions and writing styles, and get the feedback that we need.  

But lately, I've been slacking. It's so much faster to pop in to visit that cheap floozy  Facebook to be told that Cindy has just joined the Dill Pickle Appreciation Society than it is to visit Cindy's blog and find out why Cindy joined the DPAS (to get closer to that cute boy she sees outside the library every day, chomping into a Bick's Extreme Garlic Baby Dill.  You know, the interesting stuff.)

My laziness was starting to bother me.  So when I saw that that trendsetter Justrun had signed up for NaBloPoMo, thereby pledging to post daily for one month, I just had to follow her into the deep end of the pool.

Of course it was only afterward that I remembered that I will be travelling for five days in November and entertaining house guests for a week.  But I guess on those days I will simply write a blog post telling you about the Universal Movement to Stamp Out Unmelted Cheese group that I just joined.


Allison said...

While I like the idea of blogging every day, I also enjoy blogging a few times a week, when the inspiration strikes, instead of forcing out stuff. It's the Gemini in me. ;)

Now, I'm off to join DPAS. Thanks for the heads up.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I like Facebook because I'm able to share links and stuff with a whole set of folks who don't read my blog. And because it's brought me a slew of new readers. I'll never stop blogging no matter how much I use Facebook because it's something I really love and that has become second nature to me now.

Wandering Coyote said...

You can also schedule posts to publish automatically while you are away. I realize that takes some planning, but it's just an idea.

Karen said...

Oooh! There's a dill pickle appreciation society? I'm sooo there. Dang, I knew I should have stuck with Facebook.

On a spur of the moment, after reading your post, I went and signed up. Now, I'm thinking that was just plain silly of me. Ugh. I guess now I have to give it a try.

mister anchovy said...

I try to blog every day, or to at least post something, even if my brain is more or less empty. Some days life gets in the way, but I like the discipline of trying.

Sean Wraight said...

Once again dear Barbara, your finger rests squarely on the pulse of the issue here. True, the biggest appeal of Facebook is derived from the immediacy of its content. (Mind you, my life would be so much better not knowing that a lonely black kitten has wandered onto Joanne's farm.) Further though, it does have its place in its ability to quickly share information. What is ultimstely missing however, is the analysis, the opinion and even the humour that blogging offers.

Think of FB as USA Today minus all the annoying pie charts. Colourful but hardly essential.

So you've sold me though. Might just go for thirty blog posts this month too and ignore the fickle Facebook mistress for a bit. Promise to visit everyone on your Blogroll too!

And for the record, I was a reluctant joiner too.


Gifted Typist said...

Me too zombie, what is it? Mid-blog crisis?
Facebook bores me to death but I check occasionally to keep an eye on the kids

Charlie said...

You never cease to amaze me, Zomb. I belong to the the Universal Movement to Stamp Out Unmelted Cheese too! Finally, there are two of us!

Our motto:

"We be the UMSOUC!"

(Today is use your Exclamation Point Day!)

Conky said...

FB is a blog reader killer I find for me.....

I have been making a special effort to be a better blog reader since my little 5 day vacation from FB

justrun said...


And here it is, Monday night, and do we have our posts up? Why, NO! We do not. Hmmm...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I find the more I write, the more I am inspired to write, Al, but I can't imagine it works the same for everybody.
Off you go to get your DPAS badge!

I see FB as being useful for certain things, Dr M, but I also find it highly frustrating a lot of times.
You are a blogger extraordinaire, that's for sure!

Great idea, I should have thought of that, Wandering Coyote.

That was exactly how it happened to me too, Karen. On the spur of the moment, followed by oh shit.

I think that's what I am going to like about it too, Mr Anchovy, as I notoriously undisciplined.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You too, Sean? Bravo, man!
I do hope that you have at least a couple of pie charts posts though. It will balance the world our somehow, especially if we are not being slaves to the mistress Facebook for our indepth analysis.

At least we know where they are now, Gifted!

I hope you are going to the next UMSOUC meeting, Charlie. I am bringing cheese.

That was a brief little vacation, wasn't it, Jen? But now that you have the hat and everything, you really needed to come back.

You! You enabler, Justrun! Post is now up btw.