Monday, June 04, 2007

When Worlds Collide

My Achenbuddy (and occasional blogger herself) kb sent me this comic because she knows I love strips with blogs in the punchline.

They make a great way for a comic artist to make quick joke about lame self-absorbed people.

I'm not sure I agree with that stereotype, but it's out there. The problem is that many of our family, friends, and coworkers don't know we are bloggers. While I don't blog at or about work, I would dread letting my boss know about my secret obsession. And while my wife knows I have a blog, I'm not sure she realizes the extent of the community I formed.

On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, fellow Baltimore blogger Claude of Baltimore Diary had a housewarming pig roast that he invited me to (and he of course blogged about it). I had a hard time explaining to my wife how I actually knew Claude. Since she knows I read the Comics Curmudgeon a lot, I explained that we both read the same blog and left it at that.

As an ice-breaker, I explained that Claude and she both worked in education, just at opposite ends of the bell curve. With NCLB as a common enemy, they got along fine. Claude's girlfriend and daughter were wonderful hostesses and his girlfriend's daughter is just a riot.

The pig roast was great. It was mostly neighbors with a few bloggers. Since I am not very social in the Baltimore blogging community, I didn't know anybody, but everybody was great fun. I even promised Malnourished Snay that I would get him added to my blogroll. It turns out he is even funnier in person than he is on his blog. If hadn't known that a good part of the crowd was bloggers, you would have mistaken us for old friends sharing some drinks and some great pork.

I just want to make the point that bloggers are just people. People with the overwhelming need to overshare in public to complete strangers. Is that so wrong?


Jeff and Charli Lee said...

I too love the blog toons.

One of my favorite dailies is Doug Savage's Savage Chickens blog. Here
he pokes fun at us AND himself in his unique simple fowl manner.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry...have you met Snay?
He's NOT "malnourished". not in the least :)

Impetua said...

At last, we can come clean.

Where's the 12-step group?

"Hi, my name is Impetua and I am a blogger..."

Anonymous said...

impetua: that's what the Blogger Happy Hours are for.

Yellojkt: First, thanks again for coming! Next time, have your wife wander around a little more; there were plenty of people with whom she could commiserate about NCLB.

And yeah, it's tough explaining other bloggers to GF, even though she knows about my habit. Though she doesn't read it, so far as I know. At least, I haven't gotten a raft of crap from her for anything I've written... (-:

yellojkt said...

As good as the pig roast was, nobody was malnourished that night.

Cerulean Bill said...

Hi -- I'd have emailed this, but didn't see one -- so..

I think you have a typo in the tagline at the bottom. It says "...but if your are unfamilar with the concept..." which I suspect you meant to be 'but if you are...'

I found your blog via a search for Ted Forth. I liked what you wrote.

yellojkt said...

Thanks for the proofreading. I'm glad people occassionally read that.

And I've changed the Snay back to "malnurtured".

HRH Courtney, Queen of Everything said...

You went to the pig roast? How cool!