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Self-deprecation is an established trend in the blogosphere. Apparently, thousands of online writers have taken Romans 12:3 very seriously:

"Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought."

Exhibit A: URLs found in the blogging universe:

  • utterlyboring.com
  • randomdrivel.com
  • mystupidblog.com

    Exhibit B: Tagline from a Typepad blog:

  • "Pointless and absurd ramblings on nothing in particular."

    Exhibit C: This blog:

  • MarginalComments.com

    But wait—I can explain! And it's all Katy's fault!

    I have never seen Katy read a book, fiction or nonfiction, without a pen in her left hand. By the time she's done, more pages than not are filled with notes, corrections, ideas, and comments. And when I am reading a book that she has already read, some of the best stuff is in the margins. (Along with some juicy gossip if she happened to get a phone call while the book was in her hand.)

    The margin is a place to react, ask questions, and make things personal. That's the real trend in the blogosphere, no matter what the title or tagline. Blogs give us a place to take notes on life as it's going by. (And, as we all know, there are no stupid questions, just stupid blogs.)

    But since I am partly responsible for the scarcity of quality domain names, I have done some research and I'm happy to report that these choice names are still available:

  • monotonousminutiae.com
  • mindnumbingclaptrap.com
  • patheticmeanderingsofahomicidallunatic.com

    Before you run out and register, it might be helpful to consider the rest of the verse mentioned above:

    "…but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you."

    I wonder if twotablespoons.com is available?

    January 12, 2005 | Permalink


    That's what you get for spending time in Rome, NY.

    But then again I am a Blogin Idiot.

    Take Care

    What's up no RSS feed?

    Posted by: Michael on Jan 13, 2005 11:14:54 AM

    Michael-Great to hear from a fellow upstate-r. Hope you're not too buried in snow. I loved the lake effect as a kid, but I don't think I'd be a fan now.

    Thanks for the heads up on the broken RSS feed. I fixed the Typepad template so it would auto-publish.

    Hey, bloginidiot.com is still available!

    Posted by: Doug on Jan 13, 2005 1:12:14 PM

    I enjoyed your site. *s*

    Posted by: Sapere Aude on Jan 13, 2005 9:06:29 PM

    oooo pretty layout!

    Posted by: Jenny on Jan 14, 2005 10:52:39 AM

    I love your design.

    Posted by: Dawn on Jan 15, 2005 4:07:13 PM

    Sapere, Jenny: Thanks for the encouragement.

    Dawn: I really enjoyed your tunes. I hope the KC IHOP meetings went well. I have a friend who plays fiddle for the worship sessions. Maybe we can catch your next KC event!

    Posted by: Doug on Jan 15, 2005 4:51:43 PM

    I was just thinking of posting along similar lines. I was also thinking of how often words like "ramble," "mumble," "rant," and other such verbs appear, verbs which inherently minimize the value of what's said. Self-deprecation, in other words.

    Why is this? The psychoanalyst in me says, "It's because we realize we have nothing to say and, what's more damning, can't say it well either. That if it weren't for the ease of internet publishing, this s%^$ would never see the light of day." Given the number of clichés in the blogging world (including the one in the previous sentence), that analyst might be right.

    Possibly it’s related to the same reason we begin sentences in freshman comp papers with, “Perhaps,” “Possibly,” “I think,” and so on. It’s an out — “Well,” we can say in self defense when our paper is torn to shreds by the professor, “I never claimed it was anything great!”

    I’m sure someone will write a scholarly paper on it at some point and we’ll have all the answers.

    Wonder if Columbia has started a “Philosophy of Blogging” major yet?

    (Nice site design, by the bye.)

    Posted by: Gary on Jan 16, 2005 3:31:52 AM

    Gary: Philosophy of Blogging major - great concept! I enjoyed reading your very thoughtful posts at MT, especially the Metablogging entry.

    I would think sociologists would be be having a field day with the millions of pages of primary research available in the blogoshpere. Add to that metatagging sites like flickr and 43things and, for better or worse, it's an unretouched (and scary) view into current culture.

    Posted by: Doug on Jan 16, 2005 2:02:05 PM

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