The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

15 September 2006

Snap out of it

From WikiHow, How to Dissuade Yourself from Becoming a Blogger. It goes something like this:

Find five completely random blogs, and read them daily for a month. After thirty days, you will absolutely dread your self-imposed requirement to read all that dreck. Any blog you create will most likely be on par with what you've been reading.

Oh, it gets scarier:

Write on a regular basis in a text editor instead. If that doesn't satisfy your urge, and you feel that you must post your blog online, then you might just be craving attention and validation — which you'll never truly find in a blog.

I wrote on a regular basis in a text editor for six farging years, and still do the non-MT pages in (gasp!) WordPad.

Instead of writing about pretty much nothing, or whining about all the things you wish you were doing instead, start doing something that'd actually be worth writing about. And if it's really worth writing about, you'll be having too much fun doing it to tear yourself away from it.

Oh, yeah, like I'd actually have a date.

(Scene: The spectacular Master Bedroom at the palatial Surlywood estate. No lights, except for a dim rectangle near one corner of the room.)

She: Oh, that's — um, what are you doing?
Me: Approving a TrackBack.
She [disgusted]: As if.

(Found by Monty. Didn't discourage her either.)

Posted at 7:39 PM to Blogorrhea


It doesn't discourage me because I'm too stupid to know any better. :)
AND I write a lot of notes in wordpad. And on scrips and scraps of paper that can be found littering my house.
And purse.
And car.

And I freely admit that I DO need the validation. Sometimes, I get it. :)

Posted by: aka_monty at 2:43 AM on 16 September 2006

I wrote on a regular basis in a text editor for six farging years, and still do the non-MT pages in (gasp!) WordPad.

I use a third-party text editor called EditPad, which doesn't try to do Rich Text like WordPad does -- at least, the older version of EditPad I prefer; there's a newer version I don't care for that tries to be high-powered but is just annoying.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:28 AM on 16 September 2006

The premise assumes that people who realize they have nothing fresh or insightful to contribute will go away. Actually, the very opposite is true.

Present company and so on, of course.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 11:02 PM on 17 September 2006