The Onion has made fun of me. Well, not me personally. That would be cool Company, because it would mean that we have gone big time enough to be read by someone who is working at The Onion. I love The Onion, I always have, and I still love it even though it took a pot shot at the blog community, of which I am an important, if not the most important part. And granted, it wasn't even on The Onion proper. But it still smarted a little bit.
I don't know if you've ever watched any of the videos from The Onion News Network, but like any good network they have stuff scrolling along the bottom. And it's hilarious. So I usually watch any given video twice, once to see what the video has to say and once to read the stuff at the bottom. Makes sense, right? So I was doing that the other day; re-watching a video about how The Weather Channel has been discovered to have a shocking pro-weather bias (more on The Weather Channel tomorrow) and I was reading the scroll of "news" that went across the bottom. This is what I saw:
Archaeologists in Turkey uncovered primitive blog chipped into cave wall. Etchings complain about the cold weather, mundanities of mammoth hunting.
Ouch, that hurts. "So, I thought about that for about for like three weeks." Okay, I didn't say that. I stole that from the villain in Ocean's Twelve. He says that when he's talking to Danny about why he's starting the little competition between them and he's relating how the American businessman said the Bellagio job was the best job every pulled and LeMarque didn't correct him. AND I didn't really think about it for that long. But it did weigh on my brain an awful lot in the last few days. At first I thought it was funny but then the more I thought about it the more it grated at me. And here's why:
They are basically saying that all blogs are just about that. People complaining about the weather and the mundane details of everyday life and expecting other people to care. And I have never wanted to be that really. I always wanted to be something different. I always wanted to occupy a unique space, do something out of the ordinary, go where no blog has gone before. Looking back through The File Cabinet that has not happened. I pretty much have just slipped neatly into the mold like a shotgun into a postal worker's hand. And you know what? I am okay with that. I have thought about it and I have come to terms with it. Because even if I am not doing anything revolutionary, I think I am doing a pretty good job at doing what I do. I have a small but dedicated band of followers (Including a new person who is following me publicly that I don't even know! Welcome, Mysterious Stranger, glad to have you aboard. Thanks for following. :) ) that's growing by the day and that is all I need. I have come to terms with what I am, which hopefully will serve me well as the days go by. Because, really, how can I sprout off about other people when I don't even know about myself, right? But I am down with my bad self and we can proceed on. Regardless of what The Onion thinks.