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There's a reason so many people outside of the blogosphere think that bloggers are narcissistic. I mean, take a look around the place. It's a vanity world filled with mirrors.

For some, blogging is nothing more than a way to get pats on the back, to get egos stroked, to build up some kind of mystical power field strengthened by a large following who slobber you with virtual ass kissing all of your living days.

It's a shame that some people are so hell bent on notoriety that they seek it out the wrong ways.

Courting controversy is unbecoming. It's painfully obvious when someone is engaging in controversry-baiting, especially if the person is not very good when it comes to be subtle, ironic, satirical or tongue-in-cheek.

I've been doing this for over two years. I've seen hoaxes come and go. I've seen frauds exposed. I've seen bloggers rise to the top and disappear and I've seen people who are excellent writers and thinkers struggle to get the readers they deserve.

So it pains me when someone uses their blog to expose their bitterness and lack of maturity at the expense of someone they once called a friend. It's only blogging, is always the refrain and No, it's not, is always mine. Somewhere out there is a real person typing at the keyboard. Some people would do well to remember that when trying to strike while the stats iron is hot. Think before you type. Whoever made up that saying sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me is an idiot. Words hurt more than anything, especially when the come from someone you once admired and and when those words are spread in a very public place.

A lot of people need to get over themselves. The blogosphere is only big enough for so many swollen egos. I'll just keep reading the narcissistic bloggers as long as they're funny or interesting. When you start using your site to overcome whatever shortcomings you have in your personal life by being mean-spirited and ugly, you're nothing more than an haggard bore.

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It's posts like these that always make me wonder what the hell I did wrong now!

Is this because I said you like 80's hair bands?

You bastard, Steve!!

It's posts like this that make me love you even more. now go to my blog and tell my how hot my ass is, please! ;)

I love you. And I don't mean that in an Eddie Haskell kind of way.

The petty and vainglorious come and go. Those who do it for the love of it remain forever.

Now what hot juicy gossip did I miss?

I love you too, and I don't even know you. ;)

Smooch!

well! trying to "build up some kind of mystical power field strengthened by a large following who slobber " on me?

all i asked for was a couple slaughtered goats. jeez.

(i miss all the good scandals.)

I've seen people who are excellent writers and thinkers struggle to get the readers they deserve

That't the part you were talking about me right?

Heh.

I'm not a blogger and this is really the only blog I've even participated in. To me, the purpose of blogging ought to be to communicate with other people you never would have had any contact with otherwise. I can see where some people might look at it as a way of gaining attention that will allow them to become a professional writer of some sort, but you can publish pretty much anything you like to the Web without making use of the two-way communication afforded by a blog.

To me, finding blogs is best left to felicitous accident. There are far too many out there for you to do a meaningful survey of even a small fraction of them, and I don't see the point of making some sort of exhaustive search even if you had the time. If I happen to run across a site I like, and it feels like it's worth my time to communicate with the blogger and other folks who go there, then I will from time to time. Anything more grandiose than that isn't of any interest to me - I'm just not fevered devotee material.

I guess what it boils down to is a lot of people do the same ridiculous stuff in the online world that they've always done in the offline world...

See? That's the power you have. Everyone's scrambling to their blogs to see who they've offended today that pissed you off.

All as it should be.

(Um, it wasn't me, was it?)

Heh. Yeah, I was sort of wondering the same thing. Then I remembered I hadn't managed to post until later than this came out.

Whew.

Look, Michele, I'm sorry I said you have awful taste in music.

I'll never do it again.

Oh, yes I will. You have TERRIBLE taste in music.

Okay, that wasn't exactly saying it again.

I am not a Bon Jovi fan.

Shut UP.

Jeez... you make ONE comment about Michele's tatas, and she starts with the voodoo doll needles...

Thanks for saying this, Michele.