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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Boring Blogs


*YAWN* I have been cruising the blogs, discovering that the majority of people on earth are deadly dull. I won't bother to cite any sites (there was a fun phrase!) but I will give you some examples.

First, there is the Family Blog. Boring to me, but it reaches the target audience (their family) with the most recent pics of babies, pets, and party girls. My only question is: why bother to blog? Just email the pics and spare us the boredom. However, I don't think I can class these as truly boring, because they're intended for someone specifically, and not the general public.

Next there is the Introspective Blog. The person (usually a woman) whines to her blog about her problems just as 20 years ago she would have whined to her unfortunate friends. There's always at least one well-meaning friend who responds to every sordid post, hoping to prevent the next suicide attempt, I suppose. The nice thing is that in Blog World, you can leave.

Then there is the I Dunno Blog. This is written by some idiot whose other friends have talked about blogging, and he thinks "Wow, I'm going to be cool, too." So he starts a page and begins it with something like "Here are some random thoughts," and then doesn't proceed to have any that are worth sharing.

Then we get the Character Endorsement Blog. This blog is all about something other than the author. It could be Care Bears, or an actor, or some product like Coca Cola. This is fine, if it's done well. I'd actually welcome an interesting site on Spam (for instance) over some inane, fawning blog that practically drools onto your keyboard. Personally, I don't care how many teddy bears someone owns, and I don't want to see a picture of every one of them. But to a teddy bear enthusiast, they'll think they hit gold: which is why they're sometimes useful (as my son points out). All I would ask of these sites is that they make them visually appealing.

After that, we have the Badly Written Religious Blog. This is somewhat related to the Character Endorsement Blog, but without pictures. For a blog like this, there needs to be pictures. Now, I'm not including well-written or spoof pages. But, I ran across one blog where the man droned on and on about Deaconess Smith's preaching, and what she taught today, what was said yesterday, and what might be said tomorrow. And, I assure you, he was truly writing it to try to appeal to the general public. I had developed a nervous tic by the time I left.

Finally, there is The Business Scheme Blog. This is written by some overly enthusiastic business person (probably a recent business school grad) who is anxiously hoping that you will be as gullible as he was when he signed up for this product. If I wanted to read about the latest business scheme or product, I would go to known sources. I assume others agree with that, since there are never any comments in those blogs.

Everyone, do us a favor. If you don't know what to say, or how to say it, spare us the inane blogs. Use that energy to read and comment on others' blogs, read a book, get out into the sunshine, learn something new, or send me money - right now! I've got this great business scheme I've run across. Deaconess Smith has given it her blessing. It involves the Care Bears, and it's wonderful. Write me, I'll tell you about it.

11 comments:

bananarama said...

Ha! That's why I don't blog! There's no sense talking about my nails and my hair on a blog, no one can see them to appreciate them! No, I'm not really that self-centered...but I know I don't have anything interesting to write about.

Tabasamu said...

*ROFL* That's why my blog is a recipe blog. Who can't love good ol' folk cooking?

Ajay Shroff said...

Some people really like to read inane stuff. I have come across some really angry blogs, i mean these people write bad things about their parents, family and everything they do. I am sure there are some people who read them because this person had linked other angry people on this blog and they had linked to him. God help us.

snicksnack said...

I ran across this weepy one with a woman who's complaining that her father molested her, she had a rotten childhood, she's been through a couple failed marriages, and she writes terrible poetry about it. It goes on and on and on until you want to lock yourself in the bathroom and slit your wrists. SPARE US!!!

gahrie said...

I agree. Great blog, by the way! I'll keep an eye on it.

Your Fairy Godmother said...

Blogs need to be clever, and presented well so that your audience won't be lost. Good post, Saurkraut. Keep up the good work!

Senor Caiman said...

Saur,

There are a lot of lame blogs out there especially compared to yours. My inability to create a good blog dates way back to my typing class where they sat me amongst the cheerleaders. To this day I start to shake when I type.

Eric Deggans sighted a blog like site that gives good information on the state of crime in our cities in today’s Times. The site Leoaffairs.com is maintained by real policeman so it allows one to get the truth on crime in a community rather than the slant that the mainstream media is pushing.

Keep up the interesting topics.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Everyone,

Thanks! Incidentally, I should add that I don't expect blogs to reflect true genius, but they should understand what readers want and what's attractive. If it's all about the blogger only, then they should simply keep a diary.

snicksnack said...

I should add, that woman was in the UK. So that blog was even worse, because it was filled with weird words that kept clogging up the blog. Words like 'buggar' and 'randy' and 'windscreen' so I had to try to figure all that out, too. I didn't stay long...

Tabasamu said...

Snicksnack, you always make me laugh!

Hummie said...

LOL..that was a great analysis! I love to anaylize and read analogies. :)