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The Indefinite Article.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Welcome to the blogosphere.

Blogging for pay is one of the weirdest things you'll ever do, I'm learning. Writing for pay is something I'm used to now, there's a standard of journalistic integrity you have to uphold and you are praised if you know your grammar rules and can sound like you've read a lot of Jane Austen (and I have). But blogging -- you're given this fantastic opportunity to entertain people (because isn't that the style of blogging? no matter what your topic, you're sort of funny or cynical or sarcastic about it?), but you're not trained as an entertainer, right, you're just armed with an English degree and an AP style guide. The level of writing with which I used to feel comfortable now feels uptight and bookish. I feel like a dull 60-year-old trying to crack jokes with teenagers: I'm just not cool enough for this.

Last week one of the managers tells me it would be great if I went to this blogger mixer thing next week. So I went, because that's what you do.

I don't feel I have much in common with the sorts of people who attend these things. It's not the chubby, young, "we met on the Internet and now we're engaged!" crowd who get together downtown for beers. This is the conservative political bloggers who go on and on about how light rail is single-handedly going to bring down the city. Oh, and property taxes, they loooove talking about property taxes.

Turns out nobody talks about property taxes in person. And you get to drink BEER, the grease that makes awkward meetings smoother. I liked everyone, but I don't think I made any fans. Meeting new people you'd never meet otherwise is sort of, I dunno, awesome.


  • your job makes me want to finish college - i think what you do sounds fun and not as boring as filing tax papers - i don't actually do any number crunching - i just keep things in order - nothing like my house though - you nkow - the other day killy was musing about how funny it was to have a discussion with me because he could sense me getting into work mode to make logical sense of whatever disagreement we are having - i wonder what your disagreement mode is like

    By Blogger CarolinaDivina, at 8:21 AM  

  • so were people actually 'plugging' their websites? did you wear one of those name tags:

    "Hello my name is: www.chron.com/blogs/handstamp"

    eventually, there will be 'blogger night' at Club Opus, with the VIP rooms open to only the most charismatic of bloggers. of course, the rooms will be hooked up with wi-fi for instantaneous blog.

    By Blogger Killy, at 9:52 AM  

  • It's good to get out of one's little cocoon of stereotypes and assumptions.

    Who knows, maybe some of those folks you met have an interest in live music. And maybe you'll acquire an interest in property taxes one day. Now you'll all know to email each other. And there was beer. Sounds like a win!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 PM  

  • Actually, anon., none of these people liked live music. Nor did they like me very much as I did not have a laptop and they had a difficult time relating to someone who would show up at a blogger meetup without a laptop. Nonetheless, an interesting experience and one that I do not expect to repeat.

    By Blogger Sara C., at 8:27 AM  

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