6 Nov

Us bloggers, we’re the online counterparts of university block-mates: up way past midnight, typing furiously, in and out of each others’ rooms, slamming doors, hooting at wisecracks and coming alive at the Cinderella hour, as if the magic of the moment will bind us in a sorority bracelet and the globe will light up in shimmering blips as we warm the continents with our hit counters. Either that or we’re just a bunch of over(net)worked, over-stimulated insomniacs.


Blogging is therefore to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.

~ Andrew Sullivan, in Why I Blog

13 Responses to “WWW”

  1. Mish November 6, 2008 at 8:49 am #

    ohh love this description! it fits perfectly! we r in a huge university dorm, making new friends, debating over issues, chit-chatting over coffee/ tea, getting drunk and letting go of inhibitions, comforting the ones who break out into tears, and of course always ready with encouraging words and compliments which all just make dorm life perfect!! 🙂

  2. M4 November 6, 2008 at 9:01 am #

    Once again OJ, I am left breathless at the sheer lucidity of your prose.

    I’m sure you’re working on a book, ain’t’chya, ain’t’chya? Stop holding out on us!!

    As for the quote…spot-on!

  3. D November 6, 2008 at 10:17 am #

    “Either that or we’re just a bunch of over(net)worked, over-stimulated insomniacs.”

    I think we are that!

  4. grimescene November 6, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    Then I am not a blogger.

  5. Nino's Mum November 6, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    That’s what I’d like it to be: the idea is so romantic, a fraternity of words – but it’s best a day or two like that… or as grimescene says, perhaps I am not a blogger then.
    And the quote is sublime though i don’t see myself as a word junkie, not necessarily, not everyday, not out of sheer compulsion to take the adrenalin that little bit further.

  6. Nino's Mum November 6, 2008 at 1:06 pm #

    and please. Rumer Willis aka potato head (please tell me you do read perez hilton) and you’ve a chin that is, umm, very cuppable-in-the-hand-for-some-chinnychinchin-type-of-affection.

  7. DewdropDream November 6, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    I love the idea! Blogging gives you a platform to be heard and without having to hold anyone at gunpoint to listen to you… since they will anyway stop by if they are interested in you. It’s a never ending party!

  8. Orange Jammies November 6, 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    Mish: You relate? 🙂

    M4: Honey, the only book around right now is a junior atlas of the world and no, I haven’t written it. 🙂

    D: That is what we are? 😉

    grimescene: Of course you are. What I scribble doesn’t necessarily apply to every single blogger, no? 🙂

    Nino’s Mum: O-ho, you two, who said anything about this applying to all bloggers?! In any case, I had a very specific community in mind when I wrote this and it came from a nostalgic place. Yes, I’m an ex-Perez junkie and cross my heart my chin’s not like PH’s!

    DewdropDream: But then arises the argument that if the masses partake, quality is sure to be a casualty. Oh what the hell, let’s have a proletariat party! 😉

  9. DewdropDream November 6, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    But then again, we’re not competing are we? So quality isn’t so important… always. Blogging would be the winter sports vacation (albeit involving extreme sports) one takes as compared to the quality-dependent highly competitive Olympics that… I don’t know, journalism or book writing might be. Or am I talking through my hat here?

  10. Orange Jammies November 6, 2008 at 10:35 pm #

    DewdropDream: Why does quality only have to exist when there is competition? With that logic, there would be no art. Of course, levels of quality consciousness vary and there is no one gold standard, but surely we can’t completely dismiss the need for it! This particular argument apart, yes, blogging is a democratic platform that I like anyway. 🙂

  11. Anamika November 6, 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    Any definition or analogy for the kinds who are addicted to reading blogs but not writing themselves? A highly unflattering one is that of being a gatecrasher 😦

    I hope you have a better description to offer 🙂

  12. Aunty G November 6, 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    Hurrah for blogging
    Part of all our calling
    Makes nights cozy
    And Life a lil’ rosy
    Plus lends us shoulders for bawling!

  13. Orange Jammies November 7, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    Anamika: Have you ever walked or run a marathon? One of the biggest adrenalin boosts is having onlookers cheer you on. They’re certainly not gatecrashers. 🙂

    Aunty G: I was thinking of our little coterie back in the day. I miss that. 😦

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