January 21, 2008

The Stages Of blogging Hubris

1.) Shock or Disbelief: What? You disagree with me? You don't think my take on politics or the proper disposal of cat feces is the one true way? I can't belive that! That's just not possible!

2.)Denial: You're just messing with me. There's no way you could have an opinion so completely different than my own. I don't believe it.

3.) Bargaining: Look, we're just going to have to agree to disagree here. You're liberal, I'm a conservative. You're anti-porn, I'm pro-porn. You like Dane Cook, I despise the hack. Can't we just get along? I mean, really, if we were to sit down and have a beer together, I'm sure we'd get along great and have some good laughs. Whadya say?

4.) Guilt: All right, I'll admit it; some of my arguments in the past were ill-advised. I'm big enough to admit that. I apologize if I may have made a little too much fun about a certain cum-guzzling boozehound. And maybe, just maybe, I've devoted way more time and effort into ripping on Nick Coleman than was probably necessary. I could have spent my time online doing more productive, thought-provoking things. I have nearly six years worth of content now. It can't ALL be literary gold. So, look, I'm sorry.

5.) Anger: You know what? No, wait, FUCK YOU! Who the hell are you to tell me what I should have been blogging about for the past six years?! It's my blog, not yours'! Actually, it's my THUNDERJOURNAL! That's right. THUNDERJOURNAL! You have a problem with that? Well, you can just go to hell!

6.) Depression: I'm sorry. I didn't mean that. I was just venting. I guess I'm just coming to grips with the fact, despite six years of writing, most of my visitors come here looking for a picture of my hairy ass. I mean, what kind of legacy is that? I mostly started this blog to strengthen my writing skills, which it has, I guess, but there's always been a part of me that wanted to be the next Instapundit or James Lileks. Instead, I'm that one blogger with the hairy ass and tiger poster.

7.) Acceptance and Hope: Oh well. I guess having a famous ass is better than nothing. Hell, it worked for J-Lo, right? Besides, things might turn around over the next six years, provided I still have this ThunderJournal. I have outlasted most of the blogs I used to read regularly, after all. At some point, maybe I'll be the only blog left standing, so people will HAVE to read me. Well, here's to the next six years. . .

Posted by Ryan at January 21, 2008 11:17 AM | TrackBack


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