Fuse #8

Friday, April 28, 2006

Well, I Can't Fault the Title

Today on the Gail Gauthier blog there was a link to a recent Wired News article, You, To, Can Right Like a Blogger. This is a truly fascinating article. Written by a fellow who abhors, "unsavory writing practices, like blogging", Mr. Tony Long notes that, "Most blogging is sheer exhibitionism, either the self-absorbed ramblings of an individual blogger or the corporate site that exists for the sole purpose of making money".

Oh, sweet sweet money. Let's just be clear about one thing. I make no money. I am a New York City librarian. Money is obviously not why I got into the profession. Moreover, this blog (for all its charms) will never earn me so much as a wooden nickel. So by deint of elimination, we must assume that I'm into "exhibitionism". Which, if I am, is none of Mr. Long's business. Harumph.


At 2:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I think not. But blogging is an interesting side topic. During a lecture I attended, Jane Smiley observed that blogging gave the public access to publishing. Everyone could now publish. You can write your own rules for your own written word.

That being said, presumably one wants to build readership, otherwise why not "journaling". You, #8, have an area of interest that interests many and further you are a children's librarian in, as you point out, the sweetest plum of children's branches. Perfect. You also have a lot, a LOT, of energy. I mean, excuse me, a review a day!!!? ..and you have fun gossipy kinds of things to read. Chris Raschka thrown out of the library! Hot Men of Children's Literature! Jacqueline Woodson is shy?

If I had a wish, and I do not, cuz you get to write the rules, it would be that you do not post more than twice a day. Otherwise I cannot keep up with your energetic self and I lose bits in the pile of postings...and tight, if you keep it tight I can read everything and still do my work.

KT - one of your big fans

At 4:23 PM , Blogger Disco Mermaids said...

I think any type of art (writing, painting, dancing...) is a form of exhibitionism. Basically, you're saying, "Look what I can do!" And most blogs are handled the same way. They may not be high art, but they're a form of self-expression just the same. Whether to inform, or rant, or make people laugh...it's ALL good!

I guess what I'm saying is: Look at me! My blog rocks!

At 7:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, true, true. But the blogs that I will stay with over time have to inform. If you make me laugh, all the better. I am not interested in rants or angst. I have plenty of my own...


At 1:34 AM , Blogger Greg Pincus said...

I'd just point out that if you're an exhibitionist, then the whole point is to make yourself everyone's business, including Mr. Long.

That said, I'm clearly a rather huge fan of blogging, though I will agree that there are many blogs not worth MY reading... but most of those aren't wanting to be read by the "mes" of the world anyway.

At 10:50 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Such intelligent people.
Such intelligent comments.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I blog. That and the e-mails from people like Mo Willems. *sigh*

Re: Not more than 2 posts a day. It's quite easy to paw through the stuff I write. Just ignore the reviews altogether. Honestly, they're fine and all but unless it's a book you're really really interested in, there's little point in devouring them word for word.


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