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January 07, 2004
Blogging In Search Of a Theme

I'm looking around the world o'blog and it occurs to me that practically everyone except me has a sort of "theme" going. I mean, they blog about politics and / philosophy / cats / history / publishing / whatever. Everyone's an expert on something or has a primary interest to which they've added a taste for pontificating on politics.

I need a theme. Something I can talk about when, like the other day, or right at this moment, I'm just sick to death of the news headlines. (At the moment I feel a passing urge to be entertaining, but I can't juggle, you see.)

It's not like I don't have other interests, you know, because I do. Victorian-era literature, for instance. "Golden age" science fiction, fantasy, and mystery novels.

(All of this talk of reading reminds me that I have two more book reviews to transcribe and post. Among my "interests" you could not list transcribing things. This is a good thing for you because I'm too lazy to transcribe the majority of what I write, so I always edit vigorously. The Vanishing Voter review was four times as long as what I wound up posting, but by the time I removed all of the bits where I was rude about someone or something, there wasn't much left.)

(In retrospect, I rather regret that. The bits I removed were more entertaining than what I left in.)

I used to read a lot of science fiction. I sort of gave up on it when all of the "amazing technology" started becoming part of everyday life in the USofA.

"Slidewalks" sounded a lot more interesting before you realized that they'd be invented because we needed a way to double our walking pace in airports.

A world-wide computer network sounded really cool until you remember that very few people have anything to actually say.

I recently got Final Fantasy Tactics and Sword of Mana for my GameBoy. I'm going through Tactics for the second time right now, which entertains me but is not really something I can blog about.

Television? I watch Frasier, Navy NCIS (For David McCallum. I fell in love with him when he was on Man From U.N.C.L.E. and I was about eight and it never wore off), and West Wing (which isn't very good this year) and that's pretty much all I watch. I have nothing interesting or original to say about any of them.


In case you haven't realized it yet, I'm not likely to discuss anything of importance today. Feel free to leave at any moment. I won't be offended.

Anyhow. For the record, I don't like pizza. It's probably un-American, but there you go. It's odd because I like all of the things that go into pizza. I just don't like pizza. I didn't like it yesterday when I had to eat it for lunch during a "working meeting" and I didn't like it leftover today when I ran out of time to go out and buy something decent for lunch.

The problem with this diet is that you actually start preferring healthier food after two or three months. That's sad, I think. I have two different kinds of chocolate in my desk and the office kitchen is full of chips and salted nuts and other goodies, and I'm sitting here craving a stupid apple.

Other than that, I'm contemplating a flight I'm booking to California and trying to decide if I want to pamper myself, save a couple of hours, and pay an extra hundred bucks to use a smaller airport and avoid the hassles of LAX or if I want to be fiscally prudent.

Fiscal prudence almost never wins out in my world, so I'm not sure why I'm putting myself through the trouble of pretending to consider the alternatives. It's like I think there are some kind of invisible virtue points I'll be awarded for at least thinking about doing the right thing. It's some kind of curse I inherited from my mother or something.

If I find myself picking the broken cookies out of the bag, I'm going to have myself committed.

I'm amazingly bored today. I could do some work or even do some real blogging, but neither of those really appeal to me at the moment.

On the other hand, in a meeting yesterday, Buehler unexpectedly referred to the wealth of "political blogs" online these days and I almost had a heart attack as I wondered if, contrary to my expectations, this company is using some kind of spyware or something. Nothing like a guilty conscience.

I think I'll go do some work.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:29 PM


Hmm, a theme. Well, if you really want a secondary theme to your primary one of "commenting on current events," I'd still go with literature, something you've discussed in the past. How about "strange literature-related story of the day" or somesuch?

It's tough not being pigeonholed, isn't it? We never get voted for best-anything in the Koufaxes, I'm not considered a comics blog by Journalista because I talk about other stuff than comics, so many people want blogs to be Just One Subject Or They Don't Count! Ah well, we essentially do it mostly for ourselves, don't we?, so we don't really need to please anyone else...

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at January 9, 2004 08:34 AM

Nah, I don't have time to search out specialized sites every day. :) I spend too much time blogging already.

I don't imagine I'll ever be nominated for awards, and it doesn't really bother me. I do bounce all over the place but that's how my brain works.

Anyhow, I think those awards are for people who "specialize" in deep thought or something. (I've never really looked at them.) It's a pity they don't nominate you for your comics posts, though. I'd vote for you, not that I know anything on the subject.

Posted by: Anne at January 9, 2004 09:29 AM