Shaken Not Stirred

Saturday, September 30, 2006

A Whole New World

This morning, bored out of my goard (I can't believe I just said that), I started cruising blogs. I typed in a topic on the blog search engine and read the first blog that came up. From there I just clicked on the "next" button and kept going. Sometimes if I found a blog interesting, I clicked on one of it's links and read this writer's other interest or blogs that he/she liked.

It's interesting the amount of information, the political views, personal diaries that are out there. Some people talk about their sex lives (in graphic detail: I landed on this one man's blog who wrote about a one night stand he had), while others talk about their daily lives (one woman literally wrote out her itinerary from washing her face in the morning to a dialouge she had with her boss). Some people put TOO MUCH information into their posts that the only thing I can commment or say is "what an interesting story". Why do people put too much information?

I guess many blogs are a release of emotions for some. For me, it started out as a mass letter for all my friends to read. And by writing the blog, I've picked up many more friends throughout the 2 years I've been writing it. I've even sent postcards or personally emailed some of the people I've met along the way. And I met one of them in person. Blogging has become a new way to enlarge my social circle.

But really, some of the blogs (well one in particular) share too much information. I don't know why I read some of them completely through. Maybe it was like an accident that you slow down to look at, or like that old documentary "Faces of Death" that you rent because you just have to see. But like a real social circle you can ignore or never call on those blogs again. I agree with a person's right to express themselves and they should have the freedom to say it, but I don't have to agree. And luckily I can just shut the page down and read another blog.

I'm glad that someone thought up the wonder that is blogging. It really is a whole new world.

26 Comments:

  • oh crap, i hope your not referring to mine, when you say sharing too much info........

    By Blogger Badoozie, at 11:09 AM  

  • I have the same perspective but for many people sharing that level of detail is cathartic.

    My blog also started out as a more convenient way to keep in touch with my existing (and geographically dispersed) set of friends but I have met some very cool people along the way!

    By Blogger Jim, at 11:16 AM  

  • I started out wanting to share knowledge I had in Frugal living, cooking and emergency prepardness. Then I found out that people wanted to know more about me and I got off track. I am now back to my Frugal living ideads and then I try to tell a little about me.

    Yes, I enjoy reading other blogs too. Sometimes I spend too much time at it and have to pull away and get back on track with my life. I don't usually write every day so that I don't become too addicted to it. Thanks for visiting my daughter's blog on a regular basis.

    By Blogger Lucy Stern, at 3:10 PM  

  • just wait til I come visit you in person!!!!

    By Blogger LBseahag, at 7:04 PM  

  • I've just recently started blog browsing a lot during the day, and you wouldn't believe some of the stuff I've read. How about this: I came across a man's blog about him and his gay lover are using male chastity belts, and giving "control" over to eat other for weeks at a time =/ OH! And there were pictures, too. lol

    By Anonymous the mrs, at 1:06 AM  

  • I enjoy blogging for all the incisive, well deliberated and considered comments I receive from my readership.

    By Blogger Ben, at 7:29 AM  

  • Speaking of meeting someone in person, I am actually in Charleston RIGHT NOW! I have been relocated here for my job and will be here for the next two plus years. Drop me a line through our family site and we can get lunch or something sometime.

    -Nate

    By Blogger the duck, at 9:42 AM  

  • Our blog is a public image assessment.

    We have friends who post too much information. We just smile and nod.
    Then we log everything we see into our customer profile records.

    By Blogger Roboshrub Incorporated, at 12:10 PM  

  • "luckily I can just shut the page down and read another blog."

    Thank-you angel. That is exactly the right attitude. If you don't like it, just turn to the next, and don't go back to it. Just like on TV,.. if you don't like a particular show, change the channel, each and every time that show comes on.

    What I can't stand is people who complain about something they see as offensive, yet keep watching/reading, etc. It makes no sense.

    So thank-you for a mature viewpoint on this. (Not that I'd expect anything less from you.)

    On a second note, have you noticed how many blogs we have in common?

    By Blogger blackcrag, at 2:59 PM  

  • thanks for checking up on me - i've really had to reprioritize my time lately, so i really won't be having much time to check on you in the coming months. i hope you will understand.

    By Blogger Kyle Foley, at 3:14 PM  

  • Blogs are a fascinating anthropological experiment in anonymous reciprocity and confession -- that doesn't stop some of them from being terribly boring! A dialogue of a stranger's morning routine? Yeesh! :)

    By Blogger kimber the wolfgrrrl, at 11:42 PM  

  • Blogging while bored can be dangerous. People often say the most inappropriate things. Trust me I told the story of my sex life once. Big mistake. lol

    By Blogger Ruben, at 8:08 AM  

  • With your comment, "Wow what an incredible story," I can only guess that my "one night stand" post was "TOO MUCH information" for you.

    Your question, "Why do people put too much information?" can be answered by reminding you that, as Jim said (above), "...for many people sharing that level of detail is cathartic." It can be especially so when reviewing one's life and wondering what it is (or was) that shaped the rest of one's life.

    Thank you for dropping by and leaving your comment. Life is good when learning many points of view. The only reason I won't sign with my blogger ID is that I do not want to offend the sensibilites of some of your readers. Therefore, I shall post anonymously.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:10 AM  

  • Sometimes I surf on the next blog route. I am always amazed at some of the crap that people say.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 11:23 AM  

  • ovmyI don't know...I personally love too much information. ;)

    Steve~

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:08 PM  

  • It IS a whole new world, I agree...& there are so many reasons for being here. I thought I would quit a bunch of times...but always ended up coming back...right now it would be like losing a form of expression that I've come to count on & almost neeeed.

    Too much information is too much...I agree...I can't read someone's ever life detail...I don't even want to think about all MY details & they're MINE...know what I mean?

    By Blogger Chick, at 12:25 PM  

  • Sometimes a blog like that is more about what the writing does for the author than it is about the audience. I know mine's like that.

    By Blogger Bigg, at 4:12 PM  

  • That's the wonder of the blog world. I'm with you, in that if I don't like what I read, I shut it down and go elsewhere. But, I think sharing one's sexual details is probably a little bit too much information ... definately for me, anyway !! I really love this blog world, and enjoy reading all the blogs of my new friends I have made out here. That reminds me ... your postcard is still coming, I haven't forgotten !!
    Take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 9:59 PM  

  • too much information, now that's something i can understand. what i don't understand is too little information. some people maintain blogs and the only thing i know about them is their blogger name.

    By Blogger Chloe, at 4:56 AM  

  • I am so glad that i discovered blogging too. Who knew that I could express myself creatively and get feedback on my work and meet great friends too. It's been one of the best decisions that I've made.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 7:09 PM  

  • Bah. You complain too much. Every time I go to the "Next Blog" button, in a vein attempt to locate an interesting blog, I happen upon spam. Spam or something in a language a can't understand, since I'm not multilingual. I barely speak words.

    By Blogger Gyrobo, at 10:27 PM  

  • Jun, is that you?? Wow, so weird. It's your cousin Joelle, you know, the one from up North XD

    I won't even bother to tell you how I found this blog, very strange circumstances. Insane!

    Anyways, email me sometiime or IM me if you're on MSN: I'm at fyre[dot]works[at]hotmail[dot]com

    We reaaaally need to catch up, I can't believe it's almost been a year since I've seen you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:59 AM  

  • It is simple Angel, some people are just not as cool as us.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:06 PM  

  • kLOL! i had the same thought as susie....crap hope you're not referring to mine! LOL!

    i have fun with mine and have discovered some cool and hot people, you included of course :)

    m

    By Blogger mollymcmommy, at 12:04 PM  

  • I see that you removed my comment. Obviously it struck a sensitive chord. What are you afraid of?

    By Blogger Bruce, at 6:42 PM  

  • Eh as an ex-blogger and cyberaddict, I have to admit that I was unware of the rants and peeves. I'd rather share the crazy stories over the phone:-) Loud laughs, animated tones, etc. And next time I ask about someone's weekend, I'd like to HEAR about it. "Why don't you read about it in my blog" is a lame excuse.

    By Anonymous Babette, at 2:28 PM  

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