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Thursday, September 15, 2005 

Blogs in General

Excuse this exercise in mental masturbation. It's just something that's been on my mind lately. Feel free to skip it.

I sort of have a personal policy about reading blogs. There are a handful that I check daily, multiple times. These are my favorites. I read these with regularity because they are informative and entertaining. They provide quality content, interesting insight, and usually a bit of humor. I think this is what makes a quality blog. I read the rest of the blogs that are linked on my blog once a day, usually in the evening. I think they all offer something worthwhile.

What I can't stand from a blog is arrogance. That's probably the best word I can come up with to define it. There are widespread delusions of grandeur in much of the blogosphere. When people try to elevate their importance by having an air (or stink) of pretentiousness to their posts, I just stop reading. Look, your blog is basically a digital version of sitting around with a few people, talking about whatever strikes your fancy. If you are pompous about your opinions online, you are probably pompous about your opinions offline.

I try to keep ED as loose as I can. The digital conversation model is one that I most definitely subscribe to. I'll even end sentences in prepositions. I don't know if sarcasm or my brand of humor translates well when A. you don't know me personally and B. you are only reading text. But I hope it does. There's always going to be jokes and parody on this blog. If I ever refer to the "ED staff" in any of my posts, that is the crack legal team that I hired to assist me. It includes my dog, who is currently laying on my copy of Black's Law Dictionary, and me.

I think that I have a very paper tiger approach to what I do. I give my opinion, give my evidence as back up, drop the F bomb a few times, and then just let it hang out there. I leave the comments section open so anyone can react. I respond to every comment, even the spam. I'll discuss what I've written, but I don't have the delusion that everything I write or believe is unquestionably correct.

I like to give opinions, not lectures. The worst thing a blogger can do is get overly didactic. You, unless you are a law professor (here's a little intra-professional kissing up), are not blessed with special insight that makes your posts the Word of God. So when you act like your POS blog that a car full of people read with any regularity is important and professional, you just look like a fool.

But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

I liked your blog:D I'll be back here:D

I liked your comment. I checked out your blog and see that you are Polish and trying to improve your English.

Keep reading my blog and you will learn lots of curse words and legal terms.

Nice entry. I still think you're pompous though. Just thought I'd throw that in there.

Was my use of "didactic" pompous? I think it probably was.

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