Monday, December 18, 2006

How to blog

Did anyone else see this little article in the Guardian Weekend by Guy Browning?
As he points out, it is never a good idea to start a post with the words "I don't know what to write about today" Not exactly up there with "It is a truth universally acknowledged" as a marvellous opener is it? I often feel that way, but try and stick to the rule 'if in doubt - don't bother.'

Guy Browning also thinks we are all a weary and cynical lot and that if I called this 'Sunny Thoughts For Today' nobody, but nobody would ever come near. (Any comment pointing out hardly any one comes near here anyway will not be appreciated!)

So I found myself in agreement with what our Guy was writing but wait...what does he end by saying? 'Never meet someone you contacted through a blog. Your disappointment in them will be nothing compared to their disappointment in you.'

Oh Lord! Now I AM worried.

This year I have met in this order Jim, Lisa, Cloud, Martin and John and really liked all of them - but they were probably horribly disappointed in me...bugger it! There was someone else?????

Ah well, all I can say about meeting Reidski is that if he was terribly disappointed when he met me, he was ever so polite, managed to disguise the fact, and is still doing so quite well nearly a year later. So regarding Guy's advice - stick with the care with opening lines and titles, but if you want to meet another blogger - take that risk, although you never know where that will lead to.....

6 comments:

John said...

I suspect he was writing on the basis of personal experience, being a boring Guardian journo rather than an intelligent, gorgeous Cobblers fan.

The Great Blandini said...

I met a fellow blogger, and she was very nice, and is now a good friend.

Lots of my fellow bloggers I know already, so they don't count, but my disappointment with them is a constant drain on my emotional resources. What are friends for, after all?

If you fancy a cuppa and a bun, J, I'll ensure I contain my disappointment with you as much as possible.

Deal?

J.J said...

John, you say the nicest things!

And Great Blandini, you are obvioulsy a considerate type of guy.

The Great Blandini said...

It's only to polite not to let other people know that you despair of them.
Especially to their face.
Just nod and smile....

marc said...

I could've sworn we met as well....

J.J said...

Felt terrible about not mentioning having met Marc too - who is a totally great guy.Also of copurse i have met Melissa. Both she and Marc comment but don't have blogs - very wise of them both.

Looking forward to seeing you again Marc in the spring.