1. Friday, May 4, 2007

    an embarrasment of bitches 

    before i tell you about my odd little way of thinking up book titles, let me tell you something that nobody knows.

    there are fifteen posts on laist before you have to hit next page. so when my boss first hired me and we agreed on a goal of twelve a day i noticed that there were fifteen per page so i secretly upped it to fifteen.

    and yes im insane.

    its also weird because i knew that id be writing most of those and i have this thing about group blogs, i dont like to see one person overwhelm the group thing.

    most people dont realize, but most of the most popular blogs in the blogosphere are group blogs.

    and the most popular of them all on the busblog rating scale is boingboing who i can now admit i dont read as much as i should because i am incredibly jealous slash impressed by them that they make me wanna quit.

    now ive had some people come up to me when i was writing poems in college tell me things like that and i never could relate until i first came across bb. it was so clean and articulate but totally straight forward. not at all trying to writebetterthanyou or be cool, they just were. and it all seemed so organic like all of a sudden people would just send them cool things and theyd look it over and find the perfect picture and just do it exactly the way it should be done.

    if AP had a blog about whats in the web.

    they always kept it a blog no matter how big it got – no flash splash pages or crap – and it was always pretty equal as far as what the very few contributers delivered. and you could tell that an artist was behind it because the ads seemed like part of the design.

    so of course i hardly ever read em.

    murphys law of course was when i was asked to be on my first panel, and i sat right next to mark f and two seats down from xeni the night ev told everyone that google had bought blogger, which if you ask me is when the blogosphere was truly legitimized.

    anyways i didnt want people to think that laist was the tony pierce show because believe it or not the whole world isnt as into your pal as you think. plus it wasnt like they were discovering me naturally, they were being sent someone from mitch & murray who enjoyed drinking coffee.

    long story short friday we had 17 posts by 15 different contributers.

    now thats a group.

    i get my titles the old fashioned way

    i drink a little smoke a little and when midnight rolls around i get on the scale

    then i write down my weight and write down the first title that comes to my head

    this week i was so busy that i wasnt able to talk about lost or the sopranos or about how i talked to chris in africa who told me that a goat took a dump on her bag while they were IN a cab.

    of all the things i teased her that would probably happen to her, that was not on my neverending list of jungle-related comedy. the lord always has the last laugh.

    adam + andy + tomdog + dumbass + malingering + ashleigh + lisa + kemp + (c) + jacy + carrie + elise + courtney + aarti + chris