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October 23, 2003

Blogging manifesto

We, the signatories of this blogging manfesto, herewith promise

  • that we will be blogging to the best of our abilities, adhering to the Weblog Ethics as outlined by Rebecca Blood whenever possible;

  • that the weblog will not contain superficial action;

  • that we will rather shut up and not write anything than write things that we deem common knowledge, banal, inconsequential, boring, too widely blogged or for any other reason not worthy of our attention;

  • that there will always be original content in our postings, even if we are publishing links or quoting other articles;

  • that we will continue to fling sarcasm, satire and irony at those who deserve it;

  • that we will write on location, with no sound effects, no artificial lighting, no props and sets other than those already present, and with a computer that is hand-held;

  • that we will not blog using a computer which is running operating system software by Microsoft Corp.;

  • that we will never publish the following content on this weblog:

    • Cat pictures
    • Dog pictures
    • Celebrity pictures
    • The Friday Five
    • Song lyrics
    • Military secrets
    • Tomato soup
    • Eminem
    • Full frontal nudity
    • Penis enlargement tips
  • that we are doing this for the fun of it and only when (and if) we derive fun from it.

If changes to this manifesto become necessary, an agreement must be reached by the current editorial board and the corrected manifesto be re-published on the weblog.

Signed 23/10/2003,
H. Prillinger, H. Gislufsson, R. Ellenson

Note: Guestbloggers who wish to join the editorial board are required to sign and abide by this manifesto.

Posted by Horst on October 23, 2003 01:07 PM to metablogging | Tell-a-friend

We received this ping from deneno on October 23, 2003 08:48 PM:

Putos blogs: (vaya título, ¿eh?) he encontrado un divertido blogging manifesto, habrá que tener cuidado con lo que publicamos, esta semana llevo ya tres o cuatro post "censurados" (incluyendo uno de varias páginas de extensión) por intranscendentes y porque simplem... [more]

Hetty said on October 23, 2003 05:41 PM:

Oops, there you go already. You blogged about all those things, be it in the form of this Manifesto.
Rules only exist to be flouted. Are you guys (you disappoint me, Haldur) into blogging or flogging? ;^)

Richard said on October 23, 2003 09:22 PM:

"with a computer that is hand-held"?!? I definitely don't remember signing this. I assume one of you guys got carried away a bit when you were typing the manifesto, for I'm certainly not going to hold my G4 in my hand when I'm guestblogging on this site!

Haldur Gislufsson said on October 23, 2003 10:40 PM:

Oh my, I'm afraid this is my fault. I took some inspiration from the Dogme95 manifesto, and it seems I was a bit too enthusiastic about it... this will need to be corrected at some point.

And Hetty, you disappoint me for having so little trust in us. Besides, mentioning something is not blogging it.

Horst said on October 23, 2003 11:10 PM:

Richard — sorry, we can't change that now. Why don't you get one of the new G4 iBooks?

Scott said on October 24, 2003 09:57 AM:

I must concur with Hetty. By publishing the Manifesto, you have violated the Manifesto, and it is therefore as such null and void. Bring on the cat pictures!

Hetty said on October 24, 2003 12:07 PM:

I asked our Zappie, so listen here. Zappie says that thing about cats is rubbish. What about dogs, heh, heh, now, now.
Had Zebu anything to do with this?
No cats! By the way, today is black cat day.
And what about Panther? Is a cat too. Has his coming out also today.
No cats! Haldur, you're a fluffy animal too, so try to mollify Horst on this point, will you. Ataboy.
No cats! My, my!

Hetty said on October 24, 2003 12:10 PM:

Oops, just saw dogs are not allowed too. Zebu, do your job.
Watch out Haldur, before you have said another word, Horst could dump you too. Animal solidarity, Haldur!

Haldur Gislufsson said on October 24, 2003 01:26 PM:

Bah! You guys are just jealous because we now have a cool blogging manifesto and you DON'T!

JJ said on October 24, 2003 02:00 PM:

What about blogging about blogging? Is it kosher?

Horst said on October 24, 2003 04:43 PM:

It isn't on the list, so I guess it is.

Hetty said on October 24, 2003 09:39 PM:

No cats!?!

Horst said on October 25, 2003 12:58 AM:

What's this fuss about cats anyway? I get hundreds of e-mails every week in which somebody tells me that everyone is interested in enlarging their penis, and yet people protest against the "no cats" rule, and nobody says anything about the "no penis enlargement tips" rule. So what kind of satisfaction do cats give that is so much superior to penis enlargement? And are you sure all this craziness about cats isn't a result of a personality change caused by the toxoplasma gondii parasite that you caught from your cat and that is now living in your brain? Ever thought about that?

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