Tangent — Words Mean Something Don’t They?

When you join WordPress, you’re automatically subscribed to a blog. That’s fine, and for the most part I’ve enjoyed reading it. But I sometimes let the posts stack up. That was the case the last few weeks. When I finally got around to reading them this week, there was one about “Congratulations to Our ‘Bloggers Who Really Count.'” It was a little blurb about the WordPress bloggers who made a list compiled by the Timesonline.

I have already been fighting off guilt for writing this blog, so I did not want to read the full list. Just the mention of it made me gut check what I’m doing here. Then I read Mulubinba’s post about RA’s charitable bent, and my guilt for spending a little bit of time writing fluff was full blown. Uh, you do know this blog is fluff with a little introspection thrown in? Maybe I’ve been watching too many action shows, so I felt like I had to just tell you that instead of hoping my writing was good enough that you already get it.

Back to self-flagellation. I finally worked up my courage to read that Times piece, and the altruism dripping from the page is almost non-existent. Most of the blogs are about trends from technology to fashion. How does that really make a difference? To someone’s boot time? Or their boots? Maybe if I’d had a little help with my shoes early on, I wouldn’t have worn so many 2-1/2 inch heels, and my mood would have been better, and my relationship with SO would have been better. I know for a fact he got more sex once I went to running shoes with almost all of my outfits. These days I’m mostly in Tevas or Chacos, and they make my mood even better than the running shoes. I wonder if a study has been done on the correlation of wearing comfortable shoes before 40 to a healthy sex life; if not, someone needs to do one. It might be a shot at the Nobel.

But I was all wrong in my thinking. This article is not about making a difference. See how my mind works. That’s what I inferred. I thought something that really counts would be about a blogger who is dealing with people who are starving or dealing with people who have no roof over their heads or have to endure some other kinds of abuse or dealing with any number of things that make this place a much better world for mankind or animals in general. It wasn’t that kind of counting but more the numerical kind like counting fans or money or some sort of hipster scale being tipped.

For bullshit masquerading as beneficence, I could have just read my horoscope today:

Your horoscope for May 19, 2010
Do things with passion today to take care of any detective work that needs to be done, _____ [this is where they put in my first name so I feel like it’s really my personal horoscope]. You will find that high-tech devices and new fangled gadgets will aid in whatever sort of work you are engaged in today. Embrace technology and new ways and attitudes toward the world. Adopt a humanitarian approach toward whatever issues you have in your life that require closure.

And you just thought I was going to talk about JP’s identity crisis. Well, if I can write something that interests me let alone you, I’ll post.

Screencap courtesy of RobinHood2006.com


  1. How is it that your blog can’t be part of the ‘blogs that count’ list? What about the psychological help we fans get from reading yours and other great (including Mulubina’s) blogs about RA. A place to share our -drooling- ahem, points of view ;), thoughts, opinions and feelings, because if we wouldn’t have them to know we’re not crazy nor alone, I think I’ll be locked up somewhere with white walls :P

    Seriously, I also imagined when you mention the list, this would be social, political, humanitarian blogs. I guess is something like when there’s the list of the sexiest actor/actress each year and usually the top ten is a mix of the most popular at the time….

  2. Well I like your blog.
    I blog for myself, what I like, not to impress others and people can read if they wish. Who are they to decide what counts? People are ALL different. I have made some cool friends through blogging and it has brought me a few smiles and that is good enough for me.
    I like to read blogs that share my “fun” interest not for news and fashion, I have the news and the mall for that!

  3. Thank you both. This blog is about as far away as you can get from altruism, but it helps me a lot if no one else. So that’s some impact in my little corner of the world. :D

    Seriously, was that a lame title for that article or what? I should have known it wasn’t anything all that lofty when it said “stars and commentators that everyone is talking about” or something like that. Most people don’t spend their time talking about how to feed the starving people of the world.

  4. Not everything has to be about virtue all the time, does it? If we try to love our neighbors during our real lives, do our virtual lives have to be occupied with that as well? As long as we do not harm others, do our blogs have to “matter”?

    Actually, though, your blog matters a lot to me. I love having you as an interlocutor.

  5. I’ve been very remiss and just realised I need to update my sidebar with a link to your blog (…if that’s OK? ). I love this blog. Thanks for the mention of mine – occasionally I try to lift the tone of it but usually the short and sweet posts with plenty of RA win :).

    Off to read more of your posts ….

  6. @mulubinba,

    Of course it’s ok! :D

    I love your posts but especially the thoughtful ones.


    You and Mulubinba have made it possible for me to indulge my fangurl, i.e., I can be more shallow since I can go to your blogs for thoughtful. :D

  7. A toast to the bloggers! The blogs do count. They bring together a diverse community from diverse countries. The specific RA blogs, in particular, create a common platform for yapping on about even more than the actor. Interpretations of performances, writers’ expertise (or not), and too much more to enumerate. All in an atmosphere of mutual respect and courtesy. Oh, and humour. Oh, and occasional silliness, (like chest hair!!) :) Exit left giggling….

  8. and I feel freer to squee and phwoar here than I do on my own blog. But you make a lot of rather thoughtful points yourself, RAFrenzy.

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