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Per pal Ruth‘s request/order, I’m tackling the subject of:

What’s the Point of Blogging?

My testimony is provided in several short chapters below.

INTRODUCTION 

Honestly, I think the main function blogging (or micro-blogging, in the case of Twitter) serves is to satisfy my somewhat pronounced obsessive-compulsive urges.  The Internet is a wonderful (and horrible) drug for those of us with impulse-control issues.

Image representing Twitter as depicted in Crun...

Micro-blogging!

BEING GOD

I do like the idea of being in complete control. On my blog, no meddling editors can bend my prose or change the meaning of something I wrote. Everything that’s good (or bad!) — is solely attributable to me. That’s accountability!

TALKING ABOUT ASSHOLES

I sometimes use blogs to direct my raw hatred at various nemeses and fools.

I’ve earned the right to do so because pop culture has rammed the dumb ideas of these dicks down my throat for years.

NARCISSISM 

There’s a narcissistic quality to the medium of blogging, of course. Although, in recent years, I’ve felt less desire to satisfy this portion of my brain.  Fame — even on a micro-level — doesn’t hold much appeal for me. (Money, yes. Fame, no.)

VISUALLY ARRESTING IMAGES

Blogging can produce a number of aesthetically pleasing images. (See below.)

Kitty Cane

OPINION-SHAPING

I’ve delved less and less into attempts at opinion-shaping with blogs. Generally, most people will believe what they want to believe, regardless of how convincing an argument you construct to the contrary. And people will often view you  (or the idea you’re presenting) through a preconceived lens, which means they’re either amenable to your ideas or they aren’t. Most aren’t.

Jerks.

AN APPROPRIATE USE OF TIME

The business of day-to-day life makes longform blogging nearly impossible. In many respects, that’s a good thing. If I’m too busy to write a 2,000 word blog post about the minutia of Fill-in-the-Blank, that probably means I’m actively engaged in more worthwhile pursuits e.g., contemplating how taut my balls are.

STORIES ABOUT HOW TAUT  MY BALLS ARE

With regard to personal stuff, I don’t like blogging about these things. It’s Too Much Information.

No one wants to hear about my hygiene.

Or my Type II Diabetes.

Or the women I date.

Or my attempts at DIY dermatological surgery.

FORCE YOUR DESIRED OUTCOMES ON THE WORLD

I think writing is a really worthwhile endeavor but I have no idea where it sits on my own personal Priority Tree. Lately, it’s way down on the lower branches.

To me, the most compelling thing about writing is the idea of memorializing and capturing your ideas with the printed word, as doing so may create a pathway to those ideas actually happening (should you want them to happen). Similarly, I think that acknowledging your failures and shortcomings via the printed word may lead to the subconscious correcting of such missteps in the future.

What’s also cool about blogging is that you can finish a post without resorting to the hokey tricks of newspaper columnists, e.g., making your story come full circle with a trite and contrived end-phrase, e.g,

“Folks, that’s something we can all stop and think about, regardless of political affiliation.”

Rather, you can end the post in a more productive way, maybe by (i) wishing that your enemies boil in white-hot excrement for eternity or (ii) wishing good tidings and massive success to all the people you love.

(I choose the latter, though the former is tempting.)

Cross-posted at Chaos Theory Into Practice.

 

 

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BorschtPortal

In years past — specifically, each December — I’ve celebrated the medium of blogging by inviting writers I like to compose guest posts here, at this blog.

These events have gone by the moniker “A BORSCHT-IN,” and they have been good fun.

Ricky

Part of the fun was watching talented scribes like Daniel Kalder and Ricky Sprague do their thing, and do it damn well.

Daniel

But this year, I’m inverting the process. This year, instead of soliciting blog posts for this site, I’m offering to guest-post at other peoples’ blogs in December.

Lucy Steigerwald on Hollywood Boulevard

I’ve already promised the brilliant Lucy Steigerwald an item for her blog. I also have something brewing for the blog of my amazing friend Ruth Waytz.

Ruth as Clay Matthews

So, I humbly throw this idea out to the shifting, whispering sands of the Internet — who else would like to taint their brand by allowing me to pilot their blog for a post or two during the month of December?

I only have one rule for this experiment — if you ask me to blog for you, you must assign me a blogging topic.

Somehow it just seems more fun that way.

Game on, comrades.

EXCELSIOR!

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Ruth Waytz, a good friend and frequent contributor to this site, is featured prominently in a new documentary on the Church of Satan.

It’s a three-part series available on YouTube. (FYI: RW gets more screen time in Parts 2 and 3 than Part 1).

Check it out, she’s great in it:

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I’m growing a beard for 2013. I hope it goes well.

2012 was a nice year. One thing I really liked about it was the contribution of guest-bloggers to this site.

All 2012 guest-bloggers are depicted below. Please give them a round of enthusiastic applause because they are awesome people who do the Really Good Thing and rule.

In fact, I like them so much that I invite ’em  to blog here permanently and at their leisure,  if they so desire.

Thanks much, guys…

MC

Daniel

Daniel Kalder

 

Matt

Matt Duvall

 

Ricky

Ricky Sprague

 

Scott

Scott Stein

 

Ruth

Ruth Waytz

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Lots of great stuff from guest-bloggers at the site this month courtesy of Ruth Waytz, Daniel Kalder, and Scott Stein.

Check it

5 days

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Great photo here of my friend Ruth with L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge (on the right).

Left to right: Ian Wilkie (rare book dealer for Christie’s), Jimmy James, and LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge. And that’s Ruth looking great in the green dress. (Photo courtesy of Ruth and Tia.)

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English: Flag of the resistance in Waziristan ...

English: Flag of the resistance in Waziristan in the 1930s Note: not the flag of Waziristan, nor of the Islamic Emirate of Waziristan nor further still of any current resistance movement in Waziristan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And, via Ruth Waytz:

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It’s a Borscht-In!

Ruth Waytz

First let me say how honored and thrilled I am to be included in such a prestigious yet non-gastronomical event.

Yes, I’m afraid no borscht will be served. At least not by me.

That said, and by way of introduction, I’ll clue you in on my overall theme: that this is The Year Everything Changes — and summarize the words of a fellow I met this year.

He claims the ability to “read” people, and after a few short minutes of
deep, silent staring and a bit of throat-clearing, he said he’d got me entirely figured out.

“You’re the Trickster God, aren’t you,” he said. “You just want to show the whole world the joke.”

And you know what? He’s right. He was probably just trying to get into my pants, but he was actually right. My deal, if I have one, is certainly to point things out, or at very least to express them in ways you never saw them before.

So get ready. December is just begun and I’ve got the proverbial Good News and Bad News: this horrible fantastic surprising relentless eff’d up awesome year ain’t over yet.

Ruth Waytz

Catch me spouting the provocative and the insane, pretty much weekly, on The Filter. Los Angeles is my home.

A BORSCHT-IN 2009

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