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Are you a blogger?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 21, 2005

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“No, I’m not. I’m obsessed with Facebook, and I think I can only handle one addiction at a time.”

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“Sort of. I have a MySpace account, but I’ve only used it a couple times. One of them was to announce my Pope candidacy.”

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“No. I’m not, but I’m a reader of blogs. Usually political ones like, or”

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“No, I’m not. I don’t have one or read one. It seems like a lot of people just use them to complain. Who wants to read that?”

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craigers 12 years, 7 months ago

Nope, I only play around on the LJworld website.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

My name is Gootsie (hi gootsie!) And I am a blogger.

Nikki May 12 years, 7 months ago

I do a blog of youth sports (mostly my kids, but also friends' kids). It's not huge or updated at any regular interval. I do however, use complete sentences! Oh, and I have a myspace too, but I rarely post anything on the blog part.

lunacydetector 12 years, 7 months ago

i'm not a blogger unless writing on here is blogging.

l_eustacy 12 years, 7 months ago

I don't believe in posting my opinions on boards for others to read. I don't want others to know what I think...wait...ignore this

Jclarkson 12 years, 7 months ago

I would have to say that I am kind of a "blogger." I have a facebook account set up, but i dont use it too much. I have a myspace account ( and had a "corn challenge" where I had a blogspot set up for that ( I think its fun for short term ideas like the "corn challenge" because it beats telling everyone over the phone, or email or in person the story over and over. You can actually let them read what you write.

Although it gets tedius sometimes and becomes boring to update it over and over....especially if you dont know if anyone even reads it!

neopolss 12 years, 7 months ago

I am not a blogger. In fact, they irritate me. Allow me to blog a bit about it. It seems that everyone these days can now be an editorial writer. They very notion of blogs probably frighten most English teachers, as most blogs are fragmented half-thought sentences with no particular form or direction. I suppose this is what we get though. Our culture has placed a bit too much emphasis on all of us being independant and opinionated, hence, every reality show idiot is a hard headed a-hole who doesn't know how process new thoughts or ideas. I'll stick to making witty comments in the wiseguy section, instead of blowing my top at everything that I dissaprove of.

audvisartist 12 years, 7 months ago

I don't blog anymore, but I used to. Not enough time these days. But you can visit my personal website if you'd like. ;-)

badger 12 years, 7 months ago

I have had a livejournal for about four and a half years, and almost all my friends are on livejournal. We use it to keep track of one another's lives and how things are going. It's a lot easier than calling thirty people with news, or relying on the gossip tree.

I check it first thing when I get home from work and spend about half an hour catching up, an hour if I'm posting something interesting that happened to me. It's been really a great thing to have since I moved, because I miss the parties and stuff gatherings, but I still keep up on what's going on.

Charla Welch 12 years, 7 months ago

i have a livejournal. it's mostly used to keep in touch with some close friends who live in other states. and to bitch. for me, it's a place to get thoughts out of my head so they won't drive me crazy. i have a myspace, too, but i don't blog there. i have found some old friends there that i didn't think i'd ever hear from again, so it was worth it.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago


yes, I'm blogging right now.

now on to a more useful question, Hey Thunderbuns, in two years will be the fortieth anniversary of "Girl with the Gold boots," you suppose we should start now lining up a reunion of the "girl with the gold boots", what're they doing now? collecting social security? okay, hope all have a good visit down at the coffeeshop in a half hour!

mrs. gnome and I get the chance to meet Ms_Canada tomorrow! can we send a roundabout home with MSC, in a doggybag?

I just discovered:

they encorperated the "fire Dennis Moore" blog.

I would sooner vote for a concrete garden gnome before I'd vote for Denny Moore.

y'all have a very good day...the coffee'll be flowing.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

Note to staff: I think your weather banner has been stuck, and not updating!

avhjmlk 12 years, 7 months ago

Did they ask this question today just to get us to stop using OTS for our chats?


John Spencer 12 years, 7 months ago

I am not a blogger, but I write about one on the web.

Daniel Speicher 12 years, 7 months ago

Yes... Sad to say the blog bug has bitten me...

--Danny Speicher

dotteboy 12 years, 7 months ago

No, I couldn't be a blogger. Flanel shirts, beard, tight jeans, blue ox, heavy axe, chopping wood all day.

No fun.

thunderbuns 12 years, 7 months ago


Re: the "Girl in the Gold Boots":

For a good time, go here:

Our "Gold Boots" is ranked #23 out of the 100 worst movies of all time. If you read the viewer comments of some of these "movies" you'll laugh til you blow chunks! Many of the riffed MST3K movies are on the list.

Classic review line, re: "Gold Boots":

"This film is simply one of the worst pieces of cinematic sewage ever made." BWABWAHHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

I ordered "Werewolf" for $4.99 cuz it was THE funniest "horror" movie I ever laid eyes on!

Re: Denny Moore: I wrote him a serious email once (directly to his website). I've yet to hear from him or one of his assistants. Doubt I ever will. At least he could send a form letter saying blah, blah, blah, or something!!

badger 12 years, 7 months ago

A few years ago, I actually stopped by Moore's constituent services office on Mass, and found the woman I spoke with to be courteous, polite, and friendly. She listened patiently to my concerns, and thanked me for taking the time to voice my opinion, and actually took a few minutes to offer me an explanation of the other side of the issue. I came away better informed. I hadn't changed my mind, but I did at least understand why there might be a reason to vote the other way, if enough of his constituents felt that way. I also got the feeling that my side had been considered when the decision was made, so I hadn't been ignored.

If you really want to be heard, try sending a paper letter (the email letters can get lost in a shuffle pretty easily) or scheduling a short appointment with someone on his staff whose job is constituent services. If you're not just going to complain that Moore is a doody-head or you just plain don't like taxes, you probably won't get very far, but I found them perfectly willing to listen to reasonable concerns couched in courteous language.

acg 12 years, 7 months ago

I tried to blog, but it turns out that I don't really have that much to say. Plus with three offices, two kids and a house that is always in need of some sort of scrubbing, who has time to blog on a steady basis?

badger 12 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, the last sentence had a 'not' in it that I didn't intend. It should read, "If you're just going to complain that Moore is a doody-head or you just plain don't like taxes, you probably won't get very far, but I found them perfectly willing to listen to reasonable concerns couched in courteous language."

Mea culpa.

GreenEyedBlues 12 years, 7 months ago

I blog! It's usually just a log of the mundane/silly things that happen to me throughout the course of the day.

I also keep a substantial, "grown up" journal on paper. To me, there's something paradoxical about avertising my dirty laundry on cyberspace. It's only common sense to keeping a journal under a pillow or in a dresser to keep it out of sight of those closest to you, perhaps the subjects of your ranting. But, post it on the Internet for almost anyone to view, and it's completely okay, too.

Teapot 12 years, 7 months ago

I know this has nothing to do with the question, but is anyone else a little upset that the sports page online has NOTHING about the football game this weekend? Lat time I checked KU can go to a bowl game with a win over a solid Iowa St. team. I understand that this a basketball school, but we need media support for the football team as well. Any victory or any bowl game for KU should be celebrated like a Final Four appearance. Let's try to show the same amount of love for the football team as the basketball team. BEAT 'ZONA AND IOWA STATE!!!

sunflower_sue 12 years, 7 months ago

Blogger? Me? No. I've been called worse, though!

galfromku 12 years, 7 months ago

I am afraid I spend WAY TOO MUCH time blogging. I have one that I write in almost daily. Since I have been single for so long, it has been a place for me to vent, and to talk to other adults. Sometimes it is good to get someone else's opinion who is not family, or directly involved in the situation. Sometimes my entries are private, sometimes shared, sometimes public... depending on what I have to say and how discrete I feel I need to be.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 7 months ago

OK. Blonde question here. Is this NOT blogging? If not, what IS blogging?

Maybe I can quit Bloggers Anonymous.

badger 12 years, 7 months ago

Actually, Gootsie, this isn't blogging. Or at least, we're not blogging when we post here.

A blog is a weblog, usually some form of story, commentary, or essay written by one person or a group of people, with possible space for user comments.

This is close to a blog, because it features articles with a space for response, but I don't know that newspaper articles and features fall under that umbrella. LJW does have several regular blog contributors, and they link to those blogs from the front page, and provide them space and readership.

This is also close to a user forum, except that in a user forum, usually the users can create threads and open discussions on what they want. LJW used to have one of those, but I think it vanished in a haze of drama, libel, name-calling, and flames. That happens often when you get an element in a forum that likes to prove its points by shouting down and driving off the people who can refute its arguments with reason, and when the administration of the forum either can't or won't keep that element from abusing the community space.

So you can quit BA, but now you have to start Posters Anonymous. I'll get you the link to their forum (grin).

badger 12 years, 7 months ago

Forgot to add that the originator of the essay, story, or article, the person (or people) that maintains and updates them, that's who the blogger is. Everyone else (like us) who reads and comments on a blog or electronic journal, we're the readers.

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

Don't blog intentionally. Occasionally I am lured by a deceptive URL. No offense intended, but (you knew there would be a . . but . . right?) . . .but I find that with most of the blogs I have seen I find waaaaay to much information about the blogger and waaaaay to little information that will actually benefit me in annnny way.

Please excuse me, the Tazza caffeine is still buzzing around my head : ) No power walks, however, there was a lot of power talking going on : ) As I suspected OTS posters are great people -- just like me :P Thanks to all who came by to greet ms_c.

I was kind of hoping that David R would come by, but no such luck : (

bankboy119 12 years, 7 months ago

Wow, pretty sad when the thread doesn't even hit 50...I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that we'll have to more posters after me before midnight so it at least hits 40.

Grundoon Luna 12 years, 7 months ago

Yo, bankbino! The bankmeister! Here's my two cents worth to get closer to 40. If I post twice we're there, but I have confidence someone else will chime in.

Me? Blog? I guess I'm just a poster going by the above explanation. I don't post anywhere else. Sheesh, I have a hard time sqeezing in OTS and more demands on my time are about to be made. That's life in the big city . . .

Ceallach, e_m, Sun_Sue , Ms_C it was wonderful to meet you all today! Ms_C, I enoyed your photos - you have a nice lookin' crew, great scenery - and thanks for sharing them. I hope you ejoyed this leg of your trip and wish you safe travels on the rest.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago


NOTE TO STAFF: thanks for hitting the weather banner with electronic wd40! works now!

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago


c'mon we!

OMB, I'm glad you comment with us. and thanks for sharing that notproud site.

many blogs which I have seen are so self-observing/self-absorbed that I just can't follow them, or like Cealach, I feel as if they are taking far too many words to express their own opinion without informing.

now, still wondering, if that kid with the many bags of pot had been caught in a Lawrence school...he'd get a medal and be celebrated as a youthful entrepreneur?

back in a while.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

I dunno, I think you'd be pretty good to talk to on the street, as long as you wasn't weilding that cavalry sword as a means of emphasizing your points!


Mrs. Gnome and I will meet MSC and Cealach tomorrow.

wish Cealach would post here who came by to visit them, this day.

still hearing the bells toward south end of downtown; I expect they will stop when MSC leaves town.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 7 months ago


Good night! Sleep tight! Don't let the bed bugs bite... or if they do, beat 'em with a shoe 'til they're black and blue.

Would this be considered a felony?

GreenEyedBlues 12 years, 7 months ago


[Added for sheer volume, a "filler" post... then again, all of mine are fillers. ;)]

Ceallach 12 years, 7 months ago

ms_c appreciates all the nice posts. btw, she thinks they should be called "blabbers" instead of "bloggers."

Since I don't have a blog -- I will just post off-topic (probably for the first time :) and let you all know when ms_c is on her way. Ms_c wants you all to know that she thoroughly enjoyed her visit and thanks those who came to the La Prima Tazza, it was great meeting you.


Daniel Speicher 12 years, 7 months ago

Oh, why the heck not?? Blah, blah, blah... Yada, yada, yada... #50.

--Danny Speicher

Daniel Speicher 12 years, 7 months ago

Odd... I thought that was 50... But... This will be 50! Whoo-Hoo! I'm tired... I'm going to bed. Peace!

--Danny Speicher

bearded_gnome 12 years, 7 months ago

forget math...need class in 'counting!'

was wonderful to meet Cealach and MS_C. Mrs. gnome had a good time too.

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