I have had a dislike for blogs, for a while. A lot of blogs consist of someone telling us what they did as though I care. I honestly don’t care about the daily lives of most people. Then, they get other people who share asinine details about their lives to visit their blog and pretend it matters. Don’t get me wrong, if I know you personally, I might care a tiny bit about the daily goings on in your life. Another source of resentment is that the whole thing seems a bit pretentious. The original Asylum used a news publisher and it never occurred to me or anyone else to give it some cute name and pretend we’d created something unique.
A blog is just a website. Call it a journal, diary, news, or forum, call it what ever you want. It’s still a website. Having said that, I installed blogging software and I use it. That makes me a blogger (despite references by some to The Asylum as a forum which is both refreshing and exasperating). The only previous occasion I visited blogs was during the “cartoon jihad” and while refreshed by the stand some took, I still bristled when my crappy website was referred to as a blog (self-respecting bloggers should have bristled at the comparison as well). As I acknowledged that I was indeed “blogging” I accepted that The Asylum is a part of the “blogosphere”. I started visiting other blogs and was pleased by what I saw. There are a lot of intelligent blogs out there, but I still didn’t find most to be interesting. There are some gems though:
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD is a smart ass. I like smart asses. The trick is she’s not just a smart ass, she’s smart, period. I find this a bit intimidating. I might think I understand more of what she says than I actually do. One gets the impression that GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD wins arguments with people that didn’t even know they had one. Her blog is quite informative (a lot of the content is centered around military and middle eastern concerns), but she presents it in a witty and amusing manner.
Obnoxio The Clown is a degenerate, and I mean that in the best possible sense of the word. Obnoxio is an inspiration to foul mouth louts. He’s brash, controversial, and insightful. This post was interrupted because I spent a few minutes laughing at a video he posted on his blog. The trick is that while you’re wading through his antics there are valuable tidbits as well. He’s like a British version of South Park, you laugh your way through it and as often as not, there’s a point to it all. Obnoxious and loud mouthed, perhaps lacking in table manners, but a lovable character nonetheless.
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