1. Thursday, December 4, 2003

    blook II is a pain in the ass. 

    im not sure i ever want to do a blook again. this is what publishing houses are for. theyre suppose to edit it, make it, sell it. then put me on the road and make me follow the trail of golden coins.

    as you know for editing the blog i have the mighty ken basart, of whom im eternally grateful.

    as for the blook, i have two great editors working on the thing. i first have sepi who hand picked the posts, and i also have karisa who is arranging and editing the text.

    i love karisa and one reason is cuz she tells me how great this blook is. how much better it was than the last one. i trust her because she knows she doesnt have to bullshit me to get down my boardshorts. shes also a speed reader and goes through a novel every other day. so when she tells me that i kicked ass on this blook i believe her, for a second.

    currently i still cant read anything that i have read over the last year, which is troubling because thats the period of time that Blook II covers. when i read it i hate it. when i look at it it makes me squint. it makes me feel like everything i write is all about i i i i i i i i i i which is what blogs, i imagine, are supposed to be about, but i dont see why it would be interesting to anyone else.

    but alas, im interested in most peoples blogs and all they usually write about is i i i i i i i i i i.

    i just want the thing to be out there. i want it over. but every day i get more and more orders and it makes me sick to my stomach.

    i raised the prices in hopes that nobody would buy them and on monday 12/8 im going to raise the prices again to $42 per blook in order to discourage anyone from buying one, but also to help make the blooks more rare.

    so my little hint to you, kind reader, is if you want this thing, or last years thing, order them now cuz the price is going to basically double and next year im going to probably not do it at all.

    id also like to address the idea of editors and blogs. many people define the blog as something that is typically not edited. it’s one way that “real” journalists can seperate themselves from we lowly internet scribes… who dont matter… who arent important… who have nothing to say… who cant write… because we dont have editors.

    obviously i disagree with their theories and i can simply point to lil rags like the new york times who have floors of editors and still wind up making gigantic gaffs and exposing themselves as being mere mortals.

    here at the busblog, and in the blogosphere, we have no problem telling you that whatever you read in here you should take with a grain of salt, editor or no.

    Blook II will be slightly better than the busblog because of a second pair of eyes, or three pairs. i believe in editors. i like the process of being edited. i like other people’s opinions on the way to tell a story and how to present it. but for the most part this is a one-man show and it, i argue, might be better off that way.

    the voice of the writer will remain stronger, the timeliness will be quicker, the freedom to think of ideas will be greater, and the amount of work will be bigger.

    you will end up with more grammatical, factual, and spelling mistakes but who cares, youre a click away from “professional” writing and odds are you wont go there.

    why?

    because blogging and good blogs are far more edgy, more entertaining, and closer to whatever truth there is than the hundred monkeys running around most newsrooms in america who dont know fuck wouldnt know fuck and cant say fuck and wouldnt know how to write fuck even if their lives depended on it, which is why they dont have blogs.

    thats why.

    get blook II before the prices double + hear my ass on the radio tonight with virginia