This links to a typical incendiary blog post

Which is here:

This sentence contains a provocative statement that attracts the readers’ attention, but really only has very little to do with the topic of the blog post. This sentence claims to follow logically from the first sentence, though the connection is actually rather tenuous. This sentence claims that very few people are willing to admit the obvious inference of the last two sentences, with an implication that the reader is not one of those very few people. This sentence expresses the unwillingness of the writer to be silenced despite going against the popular wisdom. This sentence is a sort of drum roll, preparing the reader for the shocking truth to be contained in the next sentence.

This sentence contains the thesis of the blog post, a trite and obvious statement cast as a dazzling and controversial insight.

While this does touch on some of my own techniques — my grasp of the obvious is legendary, when it isn’t altogether nonexistent — if you really want to know how to post like me, you should read “How to post like me.”

(Thanks to Dave.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    29 January 2010 · 7:02 am

    It’s kind of like the five-paragraph essay for the new millennium….

  2. McGehee »

    29 January 2010 · 7:40 am

    This comment aims to elicit a low but distinct level of agreement combined with a brief semi-derisive quasi-laugh but no explicit response whatsoever from future commenters.

  3. Donna B. »

    29 January 2010 · 5:57 pm

    This comment aims to explicitly respond to a comment eliciting no response.

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