I suppose that both of those happen here, though my most recent personal stuff has mostly confessed that I find I am having to really struggle to be the ever-flowing teat of nurture and unquestioning love that women are supposed to naturally become when there's a sick old person around. That's not a confessional in the typical sense, but I'll give it to him anyway.
Still, even giving him that, I am totally baffled as to how he could read our blogs and come up with the idea that those two are all or even most of what we do.
His suggestion is fictional blogs, historical fiction blogs and alternative history blogs. This is under, one assumes, the theory that if Fausto is a cool guy and Paul Revere was a cool guy (two premises I agree with), then a blog where Fausto pretended to be Paul Revere would be twice as cool. That math doesn't work in my head the way it apparently works in Dan's.
Anyone who finds the idea of a fictional character blog that interesting is welcome to check out The Lotion and the Basket, which is a woman pretending to be Jame Gumb, the serial killer in Silence of the Lambs. No greater Silence of the Lambs fan than CC walks this earth, and she thinks the writing on the blog is good as people pretending to be serial killers go, but still, something about a fictional blog leaves her cold.
A guy wrote a pretty famous blog as Julius Caesar. Again, well-written. Again, leaves me cold.
I guess what I'm getting at is that if you want people to do something with their blogs and are planning on getting snarky about it, at least be nice and:
- Check out your local RSS aggregator and verify that your claims about what they are currently doing are really fair
- Google to see if five thousand other people aren't already doing it and
- Hop on blogger yourself and try your suggestion out to see if it's really, really hard to do well.
Personally, I find people writing about their own lives interesting enough.
who, yes, is aware that Master Yoda's Blog kicks ass. It's the exception that proves the rule.