Sunday, July 01, 2007

de blog

I was talking to someone yesterday - someone very important - who had this to say about weblogs and those who write them:
1) Weblogs are often an exercise in vanity.
2) Ideas and opinions are expressed which mean little or nothing to anyone except the writers and the few who comment.
3) The writing usually lacks depth, is anecdotal, and little more substantive than sound bites on the news.
4) The Internet is addictive and full of hot air - a diversion like television is or was for most people. It is a waste of one's time...often leading a person to neglect one's duties - perhaps even prayer and good works.
5) People seem to broadcast everything about themselves, even intimate details about their lives, as if it is the "Jerry Springer" show.
I got the impression he didn't think much of weblogs or bloggers - nor the Internet.
(Photo: The gossip columnist, Louella Parsons)


  1. People are entitled to their opinions. If they don't like it or don't happen to "think much" of bloggers and blogs, well, that's up to them. It doesn't affect those of us to do it.

  2. Adoro - I think he was talking about people like Mark Shea - not us. LOL!

    Since I was in confession, it didn't seem to be the right time to defend myself. :)

  3. Hah! Your priest said that ?? As I was reading this, I was thinking there are some very good points there!

  4. Paramedic - It has certainly given me pause for thought! (I think that was his point however.) :)

  5. I think I probably spend less time blogging than I did on Catholic Online forum ...I think.....

  6. Terry,

    I gotta admit that I don't find much to disagree with on those points, either. Now, there are some exceptional bloggers out there, but I think in many cases it's because they are terrific writers, and their blogs are primarly a way of getting their writing out to a wider audience.

    Running a group blog, I feel an obligation to keep it going because we have some terrific writers with us who deserve to be read. (Even I come up with a good piece once in a while.) But if it weren't for them, I probably would have packed it in a long time ago.


  7. Mitchell-
    "in many cases it's because they are terrific writers, and their blogs are primarly a way of getting their writing out to a wider audience."

    So you have read my Harlequin Romance novels then? Instead of Fabio - I'm always on the covers of my books.

    Seriously, I agreed as well - which is why I posted it. Yes, writers are one of the major exceptions, since it is an excellent way to get their thoughts and ideas out there, etc.

    I am constantly examining the meaning of my blogging and that of others, it's purpose - if any - so this has helped me. Sometimes it is like a car wreck, I can't help myself from gawking, if you know what I mean.

    Thanks for your comments.


  8. Harlequins? Of course - I read them all the time.

    What's that? Different harlequin? Oh. Never mind, then.


  9. See Mitchell - this is why you should blog - you are at least literate.

    My books are at the suprmarket check out line. Barbara Cartland hates me!

  10. You know, I actually think it would be better if the blogosphere was all hot air and personal rambling. Less dangerous than all the controversy and spouting off about things that are none of our business.

  11. Ray - that's hysterical. My niece wanted to go out to lunch with me at Southdale once - after lunch she wanted to look around at the Stores. I think we were in the shoe dept for about an hour. I was trying really hard to be nice - then she went into the Oval Room and started looking at EVERYTHING and I said, "What are you doing?" She said, "Shopping." I was so frustrated I thought I was going to get all Howard Beale in the middle of Dayton's.

    Finally I grabbed her arm, and pulled her out to the car and I told her I would never ever get trapped like this again. Which is another reason why I never see my family.

    It was torture - in fact - they should use this tactic to break down male terrorists.


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