The low point of this meeting came when we had the opportunity to opt for a half-day gathering next year. “No, no,” my colleagues cried out, “We must have a full day
To be honest, for most of the meeting, I zoned out into my own world. What do I think about when zoning out? This is a pretty accurate representation of what goes through my mind:
It really makes everything feel better.
Alas, though, my little bloggy hasn’t had much attention lately. Such is the way that it must be until I can finally put the Never Ending Research Project of Doom to rest. Only sporadic entries here at CoG for the next several months. I know, I know. I hear you crying out, "How can you be so inattentive, GayProf? We crave every moment of your attention. Our lives depend on your guiding gravitas!"
Okay, maybe you aren't saying that exactly. To paraphrase Charles DeGaulle: The nation’s graveyards are full of indispensable bloggers.
Given that this blog is currently on life-support, it made me consider what indicates the status of various blogs. Many bloggers become devoted to building a massive readership.
What changes a blogger from being ordinary to catapulting him/her/hir to internet celebrity (currently the lowest grade of celebrity possible)? Here are some signs to look out for in determining one’s social status in the blogosphere:
Anonymous: You say that spam advertising penile enlargement “still counts” as a comment on an entry.
Obscure: You get one or two incisive responses to your most provocative posts.
Middling: You have a loyal core of readers who will give a comment, even if it is just out of pity.
Celebrity: You are guaranteed a minimum of forty comments even if the blog entry is nothing more than a picture of your empty breakfast bowl.
Anonymous: Your blog is not linked by anybody.
Obscure: Your friends and family link you.
Middling: People you have never met link you.
Celebrity: People link you only out of the hope that you will link them back.
Anonymous: The only e-mail generated from your blog is a secret offer from a Nigerian who needs you to open a bank account for him.
Obscure: You occasionally get e-mail from people you don’t know in real life.
Middling: You get birthday cards from people you don’t know in real life.
Celebrity: You get mail from people that you probably don’t want to know in real life.
Anonymous: Google doesn’t even know you exist.
Obscure: People can find your blog if they type its exact name into Google.
Middling: You find that Google sends people to your blog for incoherent search strings that have little to do with your actual blog content (For instance, “What are the dangers of tanning my vagina?”).
Celebrity: Google is currently attempting a hostile take over of your site.
Anonymous: The government has no idea that you exist.
Obscure: Some really low level government bureaucrat once looked at your blog.
Middling: The government is watching your blog to see if you are earning income that you are not reporting on your taxes.
Celebrity (If on the political left): Your blog has resulted in the White House naming your blog part of the “Axis of Evil” and/or the FBI's watch list.
Celebrity (If on the political right): Your blog has resulted in the White House giving you a medal for being their unpaid mouthpiece.
Anonymous: When you wrote your last entry, you said that it was about practicing your own writing skills.
Obscure: When you posted your last entry, you wrote it with one particular reader in mind.
Middling: When you wrote your last entry, you imagined that it would later be published by Vogue magazine.
Celebrity: When you wrote your last entry, you told yourself that it was just filling the time until you finally get your own television show.
Anonymous: You are most often naked while you write your blog.
Obscure: You have given away t-shirts based on your blog.
Middling: You can actually sell t-shirts based on your blog at CafePress or other such sites.
Celebrity: Designers send you their new clothes in the hope that you will wear them while you blog.
Anonymous: You have posted pictures of celebrities.
Obscure: You know another blogger who had a brush with a real-life celebrity.
Middling: A celebrity stopped by your blog – once.
Celebrity: You are currently in litigation for slander and/or copyright infringement with a celebrity
Anonymous: If your blog was a retail store, it would be Montgomery Ward.
Obscure: If your blog was a retail store, it would be Hot Topic.
Middling: If your blog was a retail store, it would be Target.
Celebrity: If your blog was a retail store, you couldn’t afford to shop there.
Anonymous: You tell yourself you that you are blogging “for your own enjoyment.”
Obscure: You tell yourself that you are blogging because you want to meet new people.
Middling: You tell yourself that you are blogging because your ego leads you to imagine that other people expect you to blog.
Celebrity: You blog because it's your main source of income.
Anonymous: Nobody knows that you or your blog exists in the real world.
Obscure: You once overheard somebody mention a blog that also happens to link to you.
Middling: People recognize you based on your blog name.
Celebrity: You have had to file restraining orders against readers of your blog.
Anonymous: You link to current news articles in your blog.
Obscure: Your blog is the first place that somebody hears of a particular news story.
Middling: Other people build an entry using your blog’s coverage of a news story.
Celebrity: Your blog is the news story.
Anonymous: Nobody takes the time to speculate on you in real life.
Obscure: People will mention that they think “you seem cool” in the comments section.
Middling: People will take time out of their life to leave anonymous comments saying how much they dislike you and/or your blog.
Celebrity: People have devoted their own blog to documenting how much they hate you.
Anonymous: You have no social contacts based on your blog.
Obscure: You have social contacts who read your blog, but they already knew you before you ever blogged.
Middling: You have met new friends through your blog that you would have never met in real life.
Celebrity: You have slept with people through your blog.
Anonymous: Readers have no memory of your blog.
Obscure: Readers remember your most recent entry.
Middling: Readers remember one or two of your best entries.
Celebrity: Readers claim to remember when "your blog was actually good."
Anonymous: You still have perspective that the mainstream media shapes public opinion far more than all blogs combined.
Obscure: You feel that a small community of bloggers might be able to sway some people and therefore post a banner for your favored candidate.
Middling: You write extensive political posts imagining that somebody will take notice.
Celebrity: Your ego is so out of control that you conclude that the 2008 election hinges on your blog.
Anonymous: If your blog was one of Charlie's Angels, it would be Tiffany Welles.
Obscure: If your blog was one of Charlie's Angels, it would be Chris Monroe.
Middling: If your blog was one of Charlie's Angels, it would be Kelly Garrett.
Celebrity: You would be too cool to fully understand these references.
Anonymous: You take the time to write a blog entry when you want to do so.
Obscure: You write a blog entry on a regular schedule.
Middling: Your regular job is suffering because you are blogging all the time to “reach the next level.”
Celebrity: Nobody has noticed that all your entries are really just summaries of news feeds. You have not posted an original idea in years.
Anonymous: Nobody writes about you.
Obscure: People make an entry in their own blog discussing having met you.
Middling: People express disappointment that you are not as interesting/entertaining in real life as your blog persona.
Celebrity: Somebody has sold naked pictures of you to a tabloid.
Anonymous: It would never occur to you that your blog could be a source of swag.
Obscure: You write a review of a movie/product hoping for swag.
Middling: A company asks you to write a review in exchange for swag.
Celebrity: You have your own swag that you give out.
Anonymous: 100 percent of the general public doesn’t care what you write in your blog.
Obscure: 100 percent of the general public doesn’t care what you write in your blog.
Middling: 100 percent of the general public doesn’t care what you write in your blog.
Celebrity: 99.999 percent of the general public doesn’t care what you write in your blog.