Friday, November 11, 2005

Move on Amazon; We blog!

Recent media articles have decried the declining sales of CD's in the last few years due to the advent of 'file-sharing' in the internet. While I have not been formally certified as a pronosticator, I want to go on record and say, 'hey, maybe book stores will also start losing sales soon'. Warren Buffet created his empire by buying stocks from the companies he 'endorses'. Basically the concept is if you drink a lot of Coke, buy the darn stock. Makes sense. I for one have been reading a lot of blogs lately. My last two books are collecting dust next to my bed, and I have not been in to buy whatever magazine I read. I blog, and I like to read blogs.

Check out the USA Today article from October 30th, 2005, "Teens wear their hearts on their blogs". It reveals amazing and staggering numbers regarding kids and teens blogging. But the reality of it is that adults are very into it too. If teens are using blogs as the 'diaries' of the new millennium, adults are taking it to the max with the kind of things that adults can only explore and talk about. This is not any longer a phenomenon reserved for an elite few where reports and articles of social values were being printed and made available for anyone with a computer to read. It was done by those who were not fortunate enough to be part of a big magazine of newspaper payroll, or their influence. My memory points out to the Drudge Report as one of those leading the way.

Reading blogs from strangers is fascinating. It is reality tv for the web. But reality tv is not really reality. Put a camera in front of someone, and there goes all reality. Here, amidst the anonymity of cyberspace, people will say how they feel, what they do, and will show you the sides you normally wouldn't get a chance to see. There might be no Pulitzer Prize winners here (they will need a job in the New York Times first), but their blogs bleed honesty, the need to communicate their concepts and ideas, and their personal life-styles. One of my favorite things to do is to click on the NEXT BLOG button that BLOGGER provides. It randomly provides you with unknown blogs, and like Forrest used to say, 'you never know what you are going to get'. Here are some of my favorites blogs, or the ones that I have ran into lately which have made me substitute my remote for a mouse pad.

I need to begin with The Cunting Linguist . From the moment you get to her page the exquisite presentation of her blog attracts you like a magnet. I could not imagine better art to introduce her "blend of fact and fantasy" articles. Be aware, this is an adults only site. I am guilty of my own shallowness. I never imagined such beautiful and insightful writing. And those that would not take time to read alternative thoughts might as well stay inside their homes. Follow her links to other blogs and you will have material to read for days. One of my favorites is A New York Escort's Confession. Too bad that I cannot take my laptop to the pool. The glare on the screen could make Mr Magoo blinder.

Of course there are other writings. One of my favorites is Intellectual Intercourse. In here, its host, Korey, takes a look at different things of life with very good writing. Dance Dance Revolution anyone? Play in the City, details the activities found within the city of Milwaukee (where I went to college..Go Marquette!), narrated from a young female's point of view. Erin Leffelman's blog is fresh, and makes you feel like you are on an outing every weekend with some friends, The blog contains many beautiful and normal pictures; the kind you take when you are out with your friends. She also has a very nice list of book readings suggestions (move aside Oprah)!

Two of the most fascinating blogs I have found and are enthralled by are The Other Woman The Other Man and Secret Lovers Lane. Two different women dealing with lack of passion in their marriage and their sexual affairs, but most importantly, their insights as to what causes their behavior, what do the lovers bring into their lives, the guilt and the longing to make it really good in their relationship.. someday. The honesty these two ladies bring forth in their 'blogs' is not only commendable, but very educational; the kind we men don't get to see and/or understand. Meanwhile, The 30-Year-Old Virgin has definitely a different way of looking at the same situations we 'relationship' seeking people confront in life.

On the other hand, in the Wandering Hubby, BJ tells us how he went from loving husband, to being the man that tries to keep the fire burning inside of him. While at the same time you could tell within his writing that he is also waiting for that unconditional love that will keep him away from his resulted 'sexual exploitations'. And writing about sexual exploitations from a male point of view, take a look at The Insatiable Mr W. and his views on sex and other things 'people find difficult to discuss'.

These are the stories of adults, not kids or teens, a lot of times filling cyberspace with ideas that are not exchanged at the break room. Full of the honesty and insight we do not let out socially because we are not looking to be judged, but simply heard and understood. And since these sentiments are not openly exchanged, we all miss out on learning the intricacies of humans dealing with life. Therefore, this is the reason why reading blogs could be much more interesting than edited and marketed books or magazines. Its the Amazon of real stories.


Blogger BJ said...

Way to go Tony! I like your writing. I'll have to check out some of these other blogs.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Cheri said...

Thanks for the support and mention T! You were right on with your description. Writing in my blog is teaching me a lot about myself and life. Of course, today, your analyzation of my "psychological warfare" was so on the mark..thanks again!

12:33 AM  
Blogger sasha said...

hi there. i see one of your fav artists is prince. i just wanted to say i used to work for him when he ws known as "the artist." i think he's a genius but still somewhat of an asshole! massive control freak, egotistical, napoleanic, etc.

8:37 AM  
Blogger TMelendez said...

To quote PYT..."Ouch"..

to quote aline from one of the Artist's songs.. "Hurt Me"

I know.. but I'd rather he be like that and not like Michael ..
NPG Music

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Hey there,

This is Erin from Play in the City. Wanted to thank you very much for the kind words and for linking to my site!

I'll be back soon. =) Have a great day.

11:56 AM  
Blogger scribe called steff said...

Thanks for the puffery about my site. Very nice compliments. I appreciate the kind words. :) Whee!

Exquisite? Oh, my!

12:24 PM  

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