Sunday, October 08, 2006

Yesterday I was the only person on the internet

It's not often that I fritter away a bunch of time then regret it. Even if I should have better prioritized my day, I can usually find a way to be okay with not having done so.

I can sell myself on having needed some down time, or on the fact that I was entertained, or go for the tried and true simplicity of, "so what?" or "fuck it".

Yesterday I did the surfing equivalent of throwing good money after bad -- I followed one bad link after another to the tune of, most of my day.

What happened was, I finally filled out some profile information then became curious about who else might like Better off Dead or Augusten Burroughs.

I tell you, there are many, many dead blogs out there. Blogger's idea of "recently updated" is anything from 2004. Not 2004 and beyond, just: 2004. I think I read from two blogs that were still active -- the majority were from people who posted an average of 5 entries then gave up on blogging --rightly so -- I will add for the sake of explaining much of my regret.

The cementing part of my regret comes from continuing through the wasteland (for hours!). Usually, blog surfing ends in a payoff -- I kept pulling that handle expecting to see BAR -- BAR -- BAR, but it kept coming up LEMON -- CHERRY -- BELL. I had found the land of inarticulate Kierkegaards and it was vast.

I learned that the type of person who doesn't stick with blogging is very pessimistic about the human race. I think they probably started blogging in an effort to let us know how much we suck and how we should go about saving ourselves -- they seemed to quickly conclude we were too stupid to take their advice, then stopped blogging -- I can only assume it was to go slit their wrists.


Blogger Karitown said...

I love blogging. I get frustrated too when people don't post. Especially when you've wasted so much time trying to find some who do. Thankfully there are a lot of people out there who still do.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jen-t said...

Well, blogging is like drinking diet coke, I don't go anywhere without it! You Got Blogged!

11:38 AM  
Blogger *lynne* (azlynne1972) said...

Maybe 2 years ago, it was a more hit than miss experience if kept using that "next blog" button to move randomly across the blogspotosphere, I think I found a few blogs that are now on my blogroll in this way.

However, last year it was so much more miss than hit that I've not bothered to use that button ever since.

Tho it wasn't because of dormant blogs as much as stumbling across all those irritating "spam blogs". What a waste of blog real estate!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Swishy said...

What I hate is when I get into a blog, and then they decide to stop doing it! I'm like, thanks a lot :)

11:31 PM  
Blogger kim said...

I hate that too, swishy.

I had a favorite -- she knows who she is -- she slowed down, then stopped, then dissapeared.

She doesn't bring me flowers here anymore either -- so perhaps my attemp to shame her back into blogging via my comment section isn't going to work...dang!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

You're so right! It's like losing a friendship when a favorite blogger fades away. I count on my blogs...some make me laugh, others make me think, others make me so mad that I'll HAVE to sign off and get to takes a village to keep me in full procrastination! And when you hit a bunch of duds who blogged twice about the hopelessness of humanity...ACK. Blogger should delete them as a public service.

2:49 PM  
Blogger kim said...

"it takes a village to keep me in full procrastination!"

I need to work this quote into conversation -- it's too good to remain in comments only.

3:48 PM  
Blogger TTQ said...

I blog on weekends, I noticed you were on Manic's and Karitown's comments. So I decided to pop in.

Here's to Weekend Warrior Blogging! Manic might be good for some posts after she kicks back a couple of appletini's! And I mean that in a loving way!

11:53 PM  
Blogger TTQ said...

Hey! Swishy's here too! Fancy meeting all you lovely ladies in one place again..

11:54 PM  
Blogger kim said...

I just added Manic to my blogroll b/c everybody is there -- I could link from her comment section all day -- She's fun and she has fun readers.

I love that so many of you are writers.

8:42 PM  

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