I long ago stopped really caring about how those weird creatures called bloggers are caricatured in the media, but I do find one aspect of it fascinating. There is a complete inability of writers to get beyond a decades old stereotype of the "computer nerd." You know, bloggers use computers! Nerds use computers! Bloggers are nerds!This stereotype really does exist, and I think it’s worse than that. I sometimes avoid the fact that I blog because blogging has gotten kind of diminished reputation among the very large non-blogging and non- blog reading populace. Sure, part of it is the “nerdy” aspect, but I also get this blogging-is-stupid-and-egotistical-and-who-really-gives-a-fuck-what-you-think-about-anything vibe too.
Maybe I’m just self-conscious, but I get the feeling friends and family indulge the crazy blogging thing and just roll their eyes when I leave the room. I feel like a Civil War reenactor walking around in my Confederate uniform. Its viewed as hobby by mental illness. Hey, crazy Uncle Dave has a blog, tee-hee.
The Making of a Blog Post
Now if I could make a living off blogging like Atrios, I’m guessing it would be more respectable. But since I get no compensation, it’s just a silly waste of time.