I’m sorry but this is a looong post. When you’re done reading you can agree, disagree or give it a big ole Super-Sized Meh. There’s lots of
List of ingredients:
One 46 year old woman
A smidgeon of knowledge of the blogging community
A dash of naivety
One heaping cup of weary reviewer who describes the process as: “I get all revved up about writing a review, it changes my mindset for days as I write a scathing report - about nothing - other people’s photons."
Before I continue with my recipe you must read this. If you aren’t looking at the picture of me in my Kitchen Bitch apron, scroll down a bit to 10/02/08.
So we have the 46 year old woman, yeah that would be me.
The smidgeon of knowledge comes in with the fact that she had been following only one blog for about a year and a half, then discovered a couple of others, like this one and this one. She enjoyed reading them and the comments and decides this is something she’d like to be a part of, so she starts a blog
The naivety is then added. Six weeks later she comes across a site that reviews blogs. After reading a couple of their reviews she decides to ask them to take a look at hers:
Date: July 23, 2008
Email * firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of Your Blog: * The Random Memorandum
Your Blog's URL: * http://therandommemorandum.blogspot.com/
A Brief Description of YourBlog: *
“A description of my blog? I think that's what I need from you. I’m not really sure how I would describe it. Being fairly new to this, I would appreciate an honest and unbiased opinion, in addition to any suggestions you have to make.”
Being new to this she thinks , “Great, someone will give me suggestions on what to do and what not to do, maybe tell me what makes a blog interesting. I have a generic template and I’m technologically challenged, maybe they can tell me what should I change and how?”
The last ingredient is the weary reviewer, who has decided to call it quits. She states in her own blog: “When I tried to quit several months ago, the site owner just sort of didn’t acknowledge my email and kept sending me blogs to review. Maybe she never got my email, who knows? This time I am done. I like the group, but it’s not good for me or my family life. Specifically, it’s not good for my Christian life…I haven’t posted here much recently, mainly because I feel it’s futile. Nothing written here really matters. It’s just a mind exercise. Life matters. Getting out and playing with the kids, cleaning the house, painting. Those things matter. The rest of this is just entertainment and frankly, I am feeling less than entertaining lately.”
I am not disappointed by the Super Meh I received, not by any means. I expected worse to be honest with you. I’m actually impressed with the rating as it’s not even on their Rating System, she had to come up with that one special for me.
The disappointment comes from:
First, the fact that she lumped me in with the Mommy Bloggers. I am not a Mommy Blogger (not that there’s a damn thing wrong with that. In fact my Reviewer seems to be one, see below*). I am a 46 year old grandmother with a husband that travels 50% of the time. If you’re going to put a label on me; how about Empty Nest Blogger? If my reviewer were a doctor there would be a malpractice lawsuit going on for misdiagnosis.
And second: because every other review I have read on this site actually reviews that specific blog. They don’t just lump them into a category and make a generalization. They’ll link to posts that show what a piece of shit you are. They will tell you that you can’t write, or that you’re boring or suck. They give you some feedback. She didn’t take the time to review ME, she had already given her notice…
* Queen Mutha, who reviewed my blog is a Mommy Blogger herself. I peeked around her last few posts and found out that recently she wants her attic to resemble a toy store and her dog, Sparky is sick, and a recipe for Ginormous, fluffy muffins packed with gazillions of blueberries! Woohoo…
Ask And Ye Shall Receive has the URL of www.iwillfuckingtearyouapart.blogspot.com. I’m disappointed that I didn’t get the I will fucking tear YOU apart review, but instead got the I will fucking tear mommy bloggers apart review.
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