The Aardvark Speaks : essence, effervescence, obscurity. Established 2002. A weblog by Horst Prillinger. ISSN 1726-5320

September 27, 2006


I apologize for the trivial content on this weblog.

That is, with the VU library event on weblogs and BlogTalk coming up, and with me being on the panel of both events and being linked to from both events' official sites, there has been a minor spike (ok, more of a bump) of visitors to my website, who I guess expected some sort of wisdom from a man who is supposedly an expert on weblogs.

Instead you got an entry on a zit on my lower lip. I am truly sorry about that. The zit still hurts by the way, and doesn't respond to medical treatment, even though the attractive woman mentioned below is currently nowhere in sight.

In the context of weblogs and journalism, I must admit that me having a zit on my lower lip is not exactly big news, especially as I happen to get a zit somewhere on my face whenever I eat pork (which is why I stopped eating pork almost completely, which in turn is something that you're most likely not interested in at all). It is, however, a typical example of the kind of news that you will invariably find in most weblogs: highly personal, highly subjective, fairly emotional, immediate, and also somewhat irrelevant. That way weblogs do, however, only reflect the general development of news coverage in other mass media, albeit in a more extreme fashion.

In the context of weblogs and social effects, me having a zit on my lower lip might count as me sharing an intimate moment with you, even though it is probably the kind of intimate moment that you could well do without. But then again, I find that oddly enough people do seem to connect with the zit on my lower lip, so this might give me some justification in writing about things like that. On the other hand, on other blogs readers also seem to connect with cat vomit, and I find that a bit disturbing. Either way, it shows that thanks to the much-quoted "New Media Revolution", zits are no longer confined to the bathroom mirror. They can actually be part of a public performance, even though it is open to debate to what extent zits are in good taste or not.

For more wisdom on zits, cat vomit and weblogs, come to the blogging event at Vienna University Library tomorrow. The event takes place in the main reading room and starts at 7:00pm.

Posted by Horst on September 27, 2006 07:45 AM to metablogging | Tell-a-friend

Jann said on September 28, 2006 06:41 AM:

When I want to be informed about momentous world events, I read the NY times editorial page, or listen to Christiane Amanpour. When I want to be entertained as well as informed, amused, challenged, inspired, and also have fun, I read "The Aardvark Speaks". The hard work, energy and time necessary to produce and maintain a weblog as well formatted and interesting as this one are not unappreciated by this reader.

The blogging event sounds interesting; if I lived in Vienna I would surely attend. I'm wondering if transcripts of the proceedings will be made available to those of your readers who are interested but unable to be there.

dieter said on September 28, 2006 09:46 AM:

Now, you almost got me round. However, at about the same time, I will be in Kindergarden hearing about the great feasts awaiting my daughter there for the coming year. Sorry.

And such, another extremely personal moment gets shared with a potentially wide public. Again, there is room to cast doubt on its relevance, and some people might still connect. ;-)

Maybe we should meet in that Indian Restaurant once again, not having pork.

dieter said on September 29, 2006 09:33 AM:

By the way, Horst. Did you actually spend that money for the Blog Talk, or did someone sponsor you? I remember, you made a comment on this earlier this year...

Horst said on September 29, 2006 04:24 PM:

I am being sponsored, sort of.

Anthony Barnes said on November 3, 2006 02:32 AM:

This was a brilliant piece of blogging. Very entertaining. This is the way a blog should be. Well,okay, should might be a bit strong but definitely the way a blog can be. Light,irreverant,witty,a bit disgusting,well-written,broken up into paragraphs for ease of reading,etc. You get the drift. Thanks. :-)

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