Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I'm Bored When They Talk

Tonight, I thought with sudden clarity: I cannot stand pretentious people who are impressed by their own intelligence. They start to talk and I have to force my eyes not to roll up with a snap like old-fashioned window shades. I click onto a blog and find a bunch of big words strung together without any sense of rhythm or style or talent and I wonder why I keep that blog on my Bloglines list. I turn the channel and a talking head is talk-talk-talking and I just can't listen for more than a second before I fondle my remote control with desperation.

Perhaps my attention span is permanently broken by the incessant interruptions of my daily life. Maybe it's just me and my mommy brain which has shrunk to fit into this 2000 square foot house with its odd little backyard. I might be have lost my ability to understand politics and theological matters to a satisfactory degree. And I don't care.

At any rate, all the super-big-name political and religious bloggers bore me silly. (And I'm sure it's mutual.)


Blogger Kim said...

Hear, hear!

There are some "big name" bloggers whom I never read. I just don't get some of 'em.

4:55 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

*whew*!! Since I've been griping about language usage, I thought you may be referring to me as being impressed with my own intelligence, but I am definitely NOT a big-name political OR religious blogger! My own pompousness really hates it when someone says, "Oh, that guy is SO smart -- you have GOT to read this!!!" So, I read and realize: they aren't saying anything, just using big words to not say anything. I want to shout: "The emperor has no clothes -- only big words!!" I have my own pride issues, as you can tell. I have definitely decided, though, that blogs that tell me where I can find a recipe to make my own egg rolls is much more appealing to me than blogs that debate whether being an environmentalist is a spiritual endeavor or not. I just don't have time for such debates right now.

5:48 AM  
Blogger The Dung Beetle said...

Just between you, me, and your other commenters, I have a serious aversion to estrogen-laden nonsense.

I'm not talking about the homemaker stuff because we all know that guys can chose to be homemakers too if they wanted to. I'm talking about the dating stuff... you know... every once in a while you run across a blog that says something like, "He left me to go bowl with his buddies while I waited for him. Selfish bastard. I waited and said nothing, but he should have known through osmosis that I felt abandoned!" Or, "He says that we should see other people... I wonder what he means by that? Has he found someone else?"

If I run into too-many of these, I'm ready to punch my monitor, so I know how you feel.


6:36 AM  
Blogger Mary-LUE said...

I feel the same way. . . but then, every once in awhile, I'll be blabbing away and then it's like there's two mes. The one blabbing and the one that says, "You are what you hate. You're a know-it-all, Mary!" Shudder. It gives me pause. Serious pause. I usually try to stop talking and start listening.

7:38 AM  
Blogger KMae said...

At least on blogs or TV I can turn it off & go on to what interests me. But in my work I AM STUCK! I find I turn into a bobble head, nodding up & down when in my head I am shouting; you obnoxious gas bag, you pompous know-it-all idiot, your self-important intitlement is pathetic,YOU SUCK!!!

8:45 AM  
Blogger KMae said...

Actually, I am swearing thru all these thoughts, (I do enjoy cussing!) but I tried to control myself here as your blog guest. (grin.)

9:10 AM  
Blogger Debra said...

I'm glad someone else feels this way! I love to search for new blogs to add to my list, but during too many of those searches I have come across the kinds of blogs you mentioned. I'm most blown away by the God blogs which seldom use words real people use and make the Bible (and God) sound so COMPLICATED, that it intimidates and scares people away. Don't get me started about how that makes my blood boil... Again, I thought I was the only person who felt that way and it's a relief to discover I'm not alone. Thanks, Mel.... Debra

10:32 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

At any rate, all the super-big-name political and religious bloggers bore me silly. (And I'm sure it's mutual.)

Naw, it's not mutual. This super-big-name blogger likes your pedestrian little blog. Har, har, I'm sooo funny.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Shalee said...

Whew, for a few moments there, I thought you were talking about me... I'm glad you clarified to which blah blah blahs you were refering.

I heartily agree.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

i love visting new blogs!

1:38 PM  
Blogger ~Jennifer said...

One of the reasons I blog and read blogs is to know and be known, ya know? I find preachy blogs hard to swallow too. The only thing I "hear" is, "I'm so smart and wise, and if you don't think and live like I do you are beneath me."


2:10 PM  
Anonymous shannon from rocks in my dryer said...

Whew, glad you said it first. I agree. Occasionally, if I leave a comment at a site like that, I'll find on my Sitemeter that they came to visit my blog. And I just wonder what they must think of my blogs about diaper rash ointment. And I LAUGH! :)

2:26 PM  
Blogger Paige said...

I am a simple woman from simple beginnings. Not simple minded, but I don't like having to look up words to figure out what someone is trying to say. I do hope you were not referring to me. Nah! I'm not one of those big time blogs.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Praying for your Prodigal said...

Couldn't agree more!


3:26 PM  
Blogger MissKris said...

The 2004 election year cured me on news talk stations on TV and the radio forever and ever and ever. And when I came across a so-called Christian writer who said she was going to keep one blog for Christians, one blog for "worldly" people, I thought, "How on earth can you categorize your life like that? One separate for your 'good' person, one for your 'not-so-good' side?" I mean, HOW PRETENTIOUS!! Let's write for writing's sake...if someone doesn't like our blogs they don't HAVE to come by and READ them, now do they?!? Arggghhhhhhhh...somebody RESCUE me, lol!

12:24 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

What bugs me is students in the Bible programs at the University in town who think they know it all. They've studied all the latest theories and think they'll get out there in the real world and show everyone how it's done. They have no ministry experience and yet criticize ministers and missionaries who do things differently than they might. Part of me can't wait until they get out there and fall on their faces, but then I remember, we're "on the same side". If they're in ministry, of course I want them to succeed!

6:29 AM  

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