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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Tao of Blogging

What's are good things to start posting before the blog is public? Via DailyKos, a snarky take on the basics of blogging (I've included only my favorites, Kos has more):

As a public service to the mainstream media, I'd like to present some handy talking points, clever similes, and general whatnots suitable for inclusion in your mainstream media pieces about the astounding and wondrous wondrousness of blogs. Here we go:

* Blogs are as numerous as pebbles on a beach. If a blogger is particularly sharp, their blog might embed itself into your consciousness. If a pebble is particularly sharp, it might embed itself into the sole of your foot. Then magic dolphins will come to save you, and you will learn lessons about stuff.

* Some prostitutes pretend to be journalists. Some journalists pretend to be prostitutes. Some bloggers laugh their asses off watching the general media trying to figure out the difference.

* Having a blog without comments is like operating a chainsaw while wearing proper eye protection. Sure, you can do it, but it makes you a sissy.

* A blog is like a friendly neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name. Except they only know your fake name, not your real one. So it's like a singles bar. Except nobody knows what sex you are, unless you tell them. And you might be lying. Then Cliff gets drunk and kills a guy.

* Political blogging requires only two things: finding interesting stories, and having opinions about those stories. If your name is Glenn Reynolds, however, you can frequently outsource both parts.

* If Mark Twain was living today, he'd be a blogger. If Henry David Thoreau was living today, he'd be a blogger. If Jesus was living today, he'd have the best Internet connectivity of anyone, and his site wouldn't have any popup ads for mortgage refinancing.

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