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Meaningless Blog Labels: "Ramblings"

Many times while searching through online blog catalogs (e.g. BlogCatalog) I find blogs with titles containing, in some mix of phrase, the word "rambling", as in "My Ramblings" or "The Ramblings of [insert name here]".  Some blogs even suggest that their contents both "ramble" and "wander", as in "My Ramblings and Wanderings." I don't know here whether the author meant to create a blog to discuss his aimless walks, or if the author meant to advertise that his blog is about the drivel that escapes the nether reaches of his mind to wind up as text in his blog.  Either of these is bad, but the second one is worse and oftentimes is the correct assumption.

Given the huge number of people essentially living their lives online (their body's virtually tethered to their laptops and iPhones) and writing about it, I would expect to find a lot of garbage, and so I do, and while not surprised I am dissapointed.  But if I am going to wade through this kind of garbage, I would like it to be original, or if not original, at least not cliche. 

What people title their blogs and posts is at least as important as what they've written.  So when someone does this sort of thing I can't help but to imagine how uninspired their prose and their message might be.  And I am repulsed by, not attracted to, their work. But then I sometimes wonder if what they've written is worth a read.  I never stick around long enough to find out, but I do give it a thought.

If I am going to write crap (and most of what I write is), I am going to do it clearly and concisely with conviction and purpose.  I might not have anything interesting to say.  But I am certainly not going to advertise it all over the web with tedious and uninspired headlines.  I want to draw people in to my creepy dark corner so that they can taste for themselves the bitter fruit of my labor.

Okay, so the titles of my blogs might not draw the attention of the Pulitzer panel.  The title to my blog "Thoughts and Things" might, to some, suggest that all I write is random rambling nonsense.  I don't agree, of course.  I might not be impartial, but my thoughts about things are not disjoint. They might be boring and tedious; even prolix.  But certainly not disjoint.

So my advice to bloggers is to spend some time thinking about what they have to say, and if it's all just mumbo jumbo gibberish, find something else to do or at least keep your blog to yourself.


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