That merited reproduction here.
Snott Normal said...
I'm right with you, up to the point where you suggested I should be doing my job instead of reading this shit. Learning whoever' hoo-hah was doing the nasty with whoever's bajingo is the only thing that gets me through the day.
On a more serious note, though, the whole blogging phenomenon is no less rife with stupidity than the rest of the Internet. When I was making a pennies from my writing, it was always fun to see what sorts of things brought in massive numbers of random surfers. I think the most snazzy hit-get'er was a blurb about the "Nakedbook" app that someone invited me to on Facebook. Apparently there were a lot of teenage boys hitting me from Google searches for "naked." And I got paid for it.
Wired might as well have said to add BOOBS as a tag to every post. Linkfarms exist for a reason.
Basically, if a person wants to make money writing, they should go write trashy romance novels or novelizations of movies based on books or something. Banking on attaining the dubious quality of "internet famous" is kind of like dumping your kid's college fund into scratch-off lottery tickets while beating off to reruns of Garfield and Friends. Seriously.
In closing, I hope that people stop giving stupid ideas to stupider people and just leave the furthering of the upskirt news industry to Twitter - it seems like it's mostly fazed out celebrity shitshow blogs anyways.
In secondary closing, I'm even more annoyed now that I didn't cancel my Wired subscription before it auto-renewed.
January 4, 2009 6:18 PM
All I will say is that I am in no way banking on getting internet famous. I am instead seeking to reform the internet. This may require some purging and some "stupid cleansing" which is effective death camps for people who go "REALLY?" when you jokingly tell them that Orlando Bloom was spotted "kanoodling" with a dude.
If I'm going make money off writing, I want it to be printed and have some degree of fucking backbone. But in the Blog world, I want more fucking thought. It's a great medium, its just a damn shame everyone can do it.
January 4, 2009 6:21 PM
Snott Normal said...
I wasn't referring to you so much as the folks that unfortunately took Wired's advice to heart. Which would be, I'd suspect, the majority of folks that aren't just "some guy who basically just writes about things that happen."
As "some guy who basically just writes about things that happen," I can say that my personal favorite blogs are those of folks who write for other media in the first place. Then I follow their suggestions of other people worth reading. It seems to work.
At least most things are better-ish than YouTube's comments field. Sort of.
January 4, 2009 6:33 PM
Youtube's comment fields are "LOL FULLA FAGS N SHIT LOL."
The amount of retardation on and perhaps directly caused by the internet is astounding, but we can hopefully overcome them. I agree on the idea of following existing writers, and seeing what they think day to day rather than what they put out in the one painfully edited down volume they might squeeze out a year, or in the case of Stephen King, every two weeks.
I'm going to start tagging my posts with a mixture of "Obama", "Nude", "Homosexual" and "Terrorism", which are a blend of the top Googled words from the past few years.
It seems like a sound plan. Also, I may post this entire comment field as a blog entry due to it being interesting and entertaining.
Also I will change your comments, removing all correct grammar and punctuation. And the word bajingo. On this blog, we use the following: "stink mitten", "fish wrinkle", and "gunny sack."
And rather than any cutesy term for scrotum, I prefer "furry nutbag." What's that? You shave it? Then "furless nutbag."
I don't feel I need to add much of anything to this. But hey, it's nice to have a bit of a debate or a non-monopolic thought process. Although with my brain you tend to get conflicting opinions all from one source. That's what makes me so interesting, I hope. I'm a mixed bag.