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Thursday, October 12, 2006

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I am such a neophyte around the blogosphere, it's embarrassing. Sometimes I feel like the nerdy latecomer to the party. I just got here, and all the cool kids have already hooked up and left, or else they are in the corner throwing up. Meantime, I am sitting by myself on the couch, exclaiming, "Gee, this is great!" I'm like the Joan Cusack character in Sixteen Candles. Before she gets trapped under the coffee table, although I'm sure that's where this thing is heading.

I hate to blog much about blogging, because it feels a little like chasing my own tail, and intimates that I have no life (I have one; I just choose to ignore it sometimes). But my spidey sense has been all a-tingle this week with a convergence of developments in the careers of some of the bloggers I follow. It's as if all the seniors are graduating, getting married or dropping out.

For instance:

  • Brandon has given his six months notice.
  • Heather has been sued (and near mortally wounded).
  • Karen got a job.
  • Sarah got a tv show.

I could go on. I spent some time recently trolling around Leah's wonderful archive of interviews with assorted bloggers and other writers. I have decided Leah is the Terry Gross of blogging. She gives great interview. I now spend my time in the shower formulating complex and witty answers to her provocative and original questions. Anyway, in a number of instances, I was sufficiently hooked by the Q&A to go pay a visit to the A's website, only to learn they have either retired or drastically pulled back from official duties.

What gives, people? Is there a natural life cycle to this thing? Have you all moved on to the next difficulty level?

Does everybody have a book deal but me?

I suppose it is inevitable that the good ones will move on. All of the above are genuinely talented individuals, and I would be dismayed for them if the blogs were the terminal destination, and not the launchpad, for their creative gifts. Also, I don't want to indict the wrong people in this statement, but the phrase "pearls before swine" sometimes comes to mind when I read the more banal and occasionally hostile comments their posts attract. The law of averages dictates a certain percentage of freaks, I guess.

I don't have that problem. No freaks here. Although it is kind of freaky how many of my readers are named Jen. As noted in my brand spankin' new banner, up top. My husband designed it, in exchange for sexual favors that I shall surely renege. I am inordinately proud of it, and have admired it pretty much without interruption for going on 48 hours now.

I may be late to the party, but at least I am dressed for it.

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Blogger chuck dodson said...

yes, a very nice banner. good thinking, marrying a designer.

1:03 AM  
Blogger MODERN b0i said...

My name is Oscar, but my mother told me had I been born a girl I would be name "Jennifer," and I would probably call myself "Jenn"

1:10 AM  
Blogger K. said...

Oscar, I am making you an honorary Jen.

Chuck--you know me, always using my good thinking, especially when it comes to picking out men.

7:12 AM  
Blogger ducklet said...

sorry, k. it was most definitely a terminal destination, and not a launching pad. but the airfare was cheap. i'm mixing metaphors, aren't i?

8:32 AM  
Blogger becca said...

I love the new banner! I spend quite a while admiring it myself.
I think there are just a lot of Jen's out there - I have a sister, a sister-in-law, and 2 close friends all named Jennifer!

8:47 AM  
Blogger K. said...

Yeah, but it's the way you mix them, B.

Are you trying to say you are the guy yarfing in the corner?

You know, there's always room under the coffee table for one more.


9:52 AM  
Blogger bluebird of paradise said...

indeed you are the best dressed blogger! i hope you never give up blogging even if you move on to greater and more lucrative endeavours , which you surely will.
your very proud

10:13 AM  
Blogger Sheila said...

I'll have to do some more exploring, but I like what I've seen so far. The banner is attractive and your writing engaging.

I'd thought about writing about blogging, but as I said somewhere I feel like bloggers are a lot like scrapbookers. We get all wrapped up and I'm not sure how many people appreciate our efforts. But, that said, it (blogging) is influencial at times. Not too long ago, the Chronicle of Higher Education had a story about one blogger's influence of the demise of the president of a college.

I live in the South too, and as you said, there's always something to write about.

12:41 PM  
Blogger K. said...

Sheila, fortunately we don't have to worry about me abusing my influence.

So glad you dropped by....thanks for the kind words, adn please do come back.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous leahpeah said...

any day someone says terry gross and my name in the same sentence is a good day.

3:55 PM  
Blogger K. said...

leah, xo right back at ya.

...that's my impersonation of someone who would be far too cool to gush all over you. it's not even an itty bitty bit convincing, is it?

hey, I just realized it's Anthony Michael Hall that gets trapped under the coffee table. I think Joan Cusack runs off with the Donger.


4:21 PM  
Blogger peefer said...

k., latecomers generally find newcomers highly attractive, and they may swarm you like angry bees. But in a good way. Welcome to the party.

11:26 PM  
Blogger skyangel said...

Your banner is great! ;)

Ditto what Sheila said about blogging. It's surprising how much of an influence it is, esp. when you least expect it!

Oh, and BTW, I have a sister named Jennifer (she spells it "Jenn"). And I also live in the South!

Annie ;)

7:25 PM  
Blogger littlepurplecow said...

I don't recall Joan making it to the party, but I think the Donger ran off with a big burly girl.

It's actually quite fashionable to be a little late to the party. The hors devours may be scant, but the meat-y conversations are just getting started.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous jen said...

I feel dumb - I didn't even remember that Joan Cusack was IN Sixteen Candles! I was all about Molly Ringwald.

-Jen #1 (right? I called it! Shotgun!)

p.s. love the new banner.

5:25 PM  

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