Thursday, August 24, 2006

Trivial Blogdom

I do try, but I may not always be the most "reliable" blogger. Rest assured I would love to post at 8:03 am every weekday with a fascinating and witty new entry, so everyone could start off their workday being amazed by my superior intellect. Alas, that's not how it works.

So I thought I'd give you all link to another blog that I really enjoy: Ken Jennings's Blog. You probably all remember him as the Mormon who won a million times in a row on Jeopardy! and had ridiculous amounts of trivial knowledge.

Well, Amy H. pointed out his blog to me, and not only is it trivial but he's a really good, funny writer. And--he updates it every day! Like, he doesn't have a full-time job anymore because he's a gazillionaire so he really does update it every day! (Now watch—today will be the first day he doesn't.)

Anyway, it's highly entertaining and focuses (loosely) on the theme of trivia. Which reminds me of an interesting article I read recently about our obsession with trivia contributing to the downfall of modern society. But then again, doesn't everything? I still take pride in my Trivial Pursuit abilities!

On KJ's blog there's also a weekly trivia quiz that you can sign up to receive via e-mail. Amy H. forwarded it to me once and it's freakin' hard. But a great way to waste a whole day of work! So obviously you'd prefer to read my stellar blog. But if I'm slacking, visit Ken Jennings.

p.s. I had actually intended to give a shout-out to my readers who I know are bloggers and post links, but seeing as how most of them are updated sporadically (Amy K. I'm looking in your general direction), I was afraid it would seem more like a reprimand than a shout-out. But feel free to give your blog props in the comments!


Amy said...

Now, see, I envisioned my blog as a list of everything I have on my Yahoo RSS feed -- I figured that if I link to a site a day, explaining what I like about it and how I first came across it, etc. and so on -- much like you just did -- that I would have material for months ... nay, years!

But circumstances have conspired against me. First, I suddenly experienced an upswing in the amount of work I need to finish during business hours. Then, for a variety of reasons that include but are not limited to summer television reruns, my laziness in re: basic household chores, and the length of coaxial cable currently in my possession, I don't have my computer hooked up to the Interweb all the time at home. Thus, my blog languishes.

Sigh. Maybe I'll treat September 1 like January 1 and make a Fall Resolution to be a more prolific poster. Yeah, that's the ticket.... Plus, it gives me at least another week of slacking off.

Amy said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I am the Amy who supplied you with most of today's content.

You're welcome.
; )

Anonymous said...

I can relate to the wishful thinking of ALWAYS having a scintillating blog entry for every day. If you find a neat trick- let me know.

AmyK said...

Ha -- I was just talking to one of my classes today and telling them what my student said last year -- "blogs are for cutters!" But check out -- I actually update that somewhat regularly.

PS -- Your kitty is ADORABLE.

Amy said...

About having a blog entry for every day:

I found this piece from LifeDev via 43 Folders:

Let Your Blog Posts Marinate (4 Steps to Forming Great Ideas)

It may or may not be helpful.

M. Lubbers said...

Since Mom logged in as anonymous, you didn't see the link to the blog she just started, Cheyenne Walking. I highly recommend it!:)

Amy--thanks for the article. I actually have the opposite theory about blogging. I'm trying to become a more prolific,spontaneous writer, so I put down whatever comes up first. That's the whole point. Hopefully you guys don't find it to be complete crap, as the author insinuates it must be. And if you do, why are you still reading?!?;)

I did find interesting, though, another of his blog entries about when his blog got featured on and he got approx. a gazillion hits. It really drove home that I need to pimp my blog more if I ever want more than 10 readers. But that sounds like effort ....

Amy said...

I found the post about the Reddit results interesting as well. I don't think I have enough stuff on mine (yet) to go telling the entire world about it, but maybe in a few months, if I put my Fall Resolution into place.