Arman's stuff

(Mon Jun 29 15:01:37 2009)

The prefix "meta" is, generally, used to describe an "X about X" situation.

The prefix "meta" is, generally, used to describe an "X about X" situation - for example, metadata is data about data; meta-information is information about other information. Thus, metablagging is blagging about blagging. Which is what this blag is - a blag about blagging. Possibly even a blag about itself.

The whole blogging thing really took off a couple years after I started college. Everyone had a blog, or a website, or some other data exchange. I never really liked it; I just didn't have the time to write a bunch of words for a bunch of people I didn't know. After reading (and reading about) other blogs, I was even more turned off about it. People would post intensely personal information for all the world to see. I'm not an extrovert; seeing people write essentially private diaries on a very public website was a huge turnoff. Not that I didn't like the idea of sharing information with others; I had stories, poems, and vague musing that I shared with many people, including posting on semi-public message boards. I just didn't fit the blogging mold - extroverts, and people who had nothing better to do than write guides and technical reports.

The last couple years, the big thing was social networking sites; again, I just don't have the time and energy to keep up with a zillion "friend requests" and private messages, complete with fifty exclamation marks and a dozen smilies. I was part of DeviantArt for a while, but I haven't been there in ages; I'm just not drawn to be social. The latest craze is tweeting - texting the world, as it were. Again, not my thing. What's the point? I honestly don't care that someone is brushing their teeth, or is just now beginning to regret that fifth taco. I'm just not that interested. Nor do I want to deal with the insecurity of having my full name, picture, and all my most recent doings all written down and packaged so the world can see.

However, I knew I wanted to let my voice be heard; after several discussions with atanamis about a different kind of blog, I finally wrote this, the Blag!?!. Now, I can write to the world, without the stress of thinking the world really cares. There's a reason I call it blagging, not blogging; it's based on this XKCD comic strip. Apart from being silly, calling it a blag makes it just that much different. I'm not trying to change the world, or even be noticed. I just want to say things, and perhaps more importantly, remember what I said (thinking of which, remind me to back all this up, okay?).

I've invested a lot in this blag; perhaps that's why I've stuck with it. Hundreds of hours of programming and administration can do that, I guess. Meanwhile, I've managed to pick up a new hobby - blagging. I never thought I'd say it, but I actually like writing my little entries. I might not blag for months, or I might blag three times in one day; I don't need to keep up with an audience. I might blag about a particularly bad day, or I might blag about the most recent changes to this website. I may even blag about blagging.

There are a lot of things I like; there are a lot of things I don't like. This blag is a pretty good summation of my life - I'm weird. I don't fit the mold - any mold. Just like this blag post, I sort of wander from topic to topic, showing enough information that I know what I'm talking about, without actually becoming a major contributor. I'm fine with that; I guess I'm just weird that way.

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