Sunday, October 02, 2005

Blogs ''rubbish''. But then again...

Blogs are rubbish, apparently. I loved this.

Blogger: Term used to describe anyone with enough time or narcissism to document every tedious bit of minutia filling their uneventful lives. Possibly the most annoying thing about bloggers is the sense of self-importance they get after even the most modest of publicity. Sometimes it takes as little as a referral on a more popular blogger's website to set the lesser blogger's ego into orbit.

Then God forbid a blogger gets mentioned on CNN. If you thought it was impossible for a certain blogger to get more pious than he was, wait until you see the shit storm of self-righteous save-the-world bullshit after a network plug. Suddenly the boring, mild-mannered blogger you once knew will turn into Mother Theresa, and will single handedly take it upon himself to end world hunger with his stupid links to band websites and other smug blogger dipshits.

But, then again, citizen journalism is offically cool! Or are we citizen paparazzi? It throws up interesting issues, after the London bombs, as victims become reporters and reporters become victims.

Should we be paid, the public ask the BBC? Writing for the BBC for one week, as I did after the bombs, was a privilege, and a life-changing event and I didn't need to be paid. I told the BBC how writing for them had meant other Kings Cross train survivors had been able to find each other, which everyone was very pleased about, including Pete Clifton the BBC news website editor.

Oh, it's all too confusing. There are some dann good blogs out there though. Recently, I have been enjoying Belle In the Big Apple and Mimi in in New York. Mimi knows how to run a sticky blog.

Well, blog on for wit and wisdom, I say. And remember, blog-haters, no-one's forcing you to read it. But for those of you who are, let me know if I turn into Mother Teresa, won't you?


Blogger Belle said...

love your blog too...

October 01, 2005 7:38 pm  
Blogger Mimi in NY said...

Hey Rachel,

Send me the link to your article, I'd love to read it. I wrote a piece for the Times too, the magazine section, on stripping, should be out in about 6-8 weeks. In the meantime, do email if you need contacts - maybe we can do a swap! I hate freelancing, but love it at the same time.

October 01, 2005 7:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so true, so often! But for some reason it is still funny to see this situation acknowledged in print. After just a little bit of recognition, one can almost literally see the blogger's ego growing (almost like Pinocchio's nose).

October 01, 2005 8:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL And I guess that you could also add that the sense of self-importance is only exceeded by self-deception!

October 01, 2005 8:23 pm  
Blogger bzzz said...

Oh yes, anons one and two (if you're not the same person performing a little 'self-five' there), I always find articles that slag things off so much more informative and gratifying than celebratory ones. It warms the heart, it does.

October 02, 2005 12:29 am  

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