One of the many awful things about being a blogger is the amazingly frequent awkwardness that arises when, in a conversation with a friend or family member, something comes up that I've blogged about.
Before I launch into a disquisition on the subject, I feel compelled to ask: Did you happen to read my post on the Occupy Wall Street thing?
If they have, my case rests. And I give a little nod, that can't help but to say, "Yeah, that was a wicked-awesome post, wasn't it?" And they nod back in a way that says, "Whatever, dude."
But if they haven't read the post—and they frequently haven't read the post—then they are compelled to admit as much, thereby simultaneously:
A. Acknowledging that they don't always read my blog, which is painful, because they universally believe that I am so narcissistic that I think they read my blog every day. (They all seem to believe this, and I have a very hard time blaming them for having this impression.)
B. Giving me license to regurgitate my blog entry to them.
What could be more socially obnoxious than that?
So to the people who don't read my blog, here's how I suggest we handle this awkward situation in the future.
You say, No, I haven't read that blog post, but if I promise, however emptily, to read it every day from now on, will you please now not tell me the same thing you told your blog readers three weeks ago?
For my part, I'll laugh—heartily, and good-naturedly—and then tell you my blog post anyway.
Jim McGowan says
Dave–It’s not that I don’t read your posts. I do. Honest.
But do you know why every one pops up on my LinkedIn wall, like, four times? Am I doing something wrong? Once would be enough, probably.
Hope all’s well. Keep at it.
Laura Engler says
I like your blog…and I usually try to read it over in the AM. If it makes me mad…I write to you about in the PM. You do good stuff…keep making me mad! That is how even better stuff gets done…you know?
David Murray says
@Jim: I’ll try to figure that out, but LinkedIn is incredibly unhelpful on technical issues.
@Laura. Making you mad is my pleasure!
Laura Engler says
Love It!!! Being mad is inspiring! Keep Inspiring me…you are so good at it!