Saturday, March 04, 2006

Think Outside The Bun

Since I'm pretty new to the blogging culture, I've been spending some time "sampling" other blogs. It certainly is a smorgasbord out there.

Whether you like your fare spicy, exotic, conventional or comforting, it seems like there's something for everyone. I'm not really a natural writer, but I can lay claim to being a thoughtful and expert reader.

Personally, I don't care for blogs that are daily diaries. Although blogging in itself is essentially a self-indulgent endeavor, I have been amazed at how many people take the self-indulgence part of it to heart.

Good God---other than your mother, do you think anybody else gives a rat's ass that you went to have a wart removed, then came home and watched Dr. Phil?

Your description in the blog directory says "Quirky and unique observations on life, love and parenting".

Ok. So the wart was on your eyeball, and that's mildly unique, but Dr. Phil? That's SO 2004!

I guess I could consider myself a meat eater in the blog buffet. I like blogs that give me something to chew on. But I'm not really a plain steak and potatoes kind of girl. I want some spice as well--something zesty (to make me laugh), something hot (to provoke me), and lots of garlic and onion (to make me cry), if you please.

And some cheesecake smothered in chocolate for dessert. That's just because I was an abandoned child and I think I'm entitled to it.

Recently I was noodling around the Blogger profile links (doing searches on Colorado, where I live, movies I like, and other things that are of interest to me) and found a really great blog at Did I Miss Something?.

The author mixes personal anecdotes, astute and ironic observations, news articles with commentary, and an impressively diverse and interesting array of links. It probably would have taken me months to find "Bitch Ph.D." on my own.

To me, this blog is a truly a satisfying 3-course meal. With dessert.

One totally undiscovered web publication on her link list that has flown under my radar is The Ragged Edge Magazine. For those who have disabilities, or for those who have children who have disabilities, it's a virtual mine of information.

I strongly suggest that every person who has a soul take a minute to read Little Acts Of Degradation, and its companion follow-up Project Cleigh: Dare To Resist.

It's not pretty, but it's powerful.

I've got some personal observations about it and will write about it at a future time.

IMFUNNYTOO---I don't know your name, but I have to say thanks. Your blog is like the cherry on top of my chocolate cheesecake.



Kim Ayres said...

It seems that any blog becomes self selecting in it's readership. If one is obsessing about soya milk and dentures, then only people who have an interest in soya milk and/or dentures are likely to stick around and comment.

There are times when I get a bit confused about who I'm writing for, and if I'm not careful I start writing things that I think my regular readers will enjoy. But then I have to remind myself that I cannot please everyone all the time and it's damn stupid to try.

In the end I have to write about what I want to write about. And the reasons for what I write will vary with my mood and circumstances, but the audience will select itself.

Attila The Mom said...

That's because you write about a lot of different and interesting stuff. LOL

I loved your post on Robert The Bruce.

CINDY said...

I stumbled to find your blog. The appearance caught my eye. Style of writing and the topics kept me interested. I shall return.

imfunnytoo said...

Hey, well um... Wow...

I'm so ignorant about trackbacks that it took me til today to find this.....

I'm glad the blog is a treat to read...admittedly I don't have as much time now to do the mad research etc I did whilst I was off work, so I don't like it as much as I did.

but, I'm forcing myself to write a bit every couple of days, even if it's crap, because it will keep the overall quality of when I do hit an interesting day up.

I thank you very much for the good words...

TxGoodie said...

Mom (may I call you "Mom"?),

Where do you get your wonderful pictures/graphics? That cherry is lucious! You always have the best pictures that fit perfectly with your topic!