May 27, 2004

Hmm...This Sounds Vaguely Familiar

POST #    1071

So there is this article in The Times today about people who blog. I've got to say that it all sounds pretty damn familiar. Writing while on vacation, several entries a day, writing about what comes into your head, making friends with fellow bloggers, etc, etc. I'll admit it, I share many traits of the people described in the article.

I try to write at least one entry a day, even on weekends. Sometimes it's difficult to come up with anything, other times I have more thoughts or interesting articles than I know what to do with. Sometimes I have a thought but am too tired, lazy, or mentally challenged at the moment to come up with anything. I'm sure faithful readers of this site have seen those moments where I'm totally not making sense and not conveying my thoughts (hell, it may even be happening right now), and I'm sure there are other times where it makes perfect sense what I'm talking about. Come to think of it, I have no idea what I'm talking about right now.

Anyway, I feel like the article sums up the way I feel about blogging at times. Sometimes I feel it's a burden to come up with a post a day, but other times it's really easy because the things I do can generally be written about with ease. I'm not sure if anyone reads them, or if they are interesting at all, but from the looks of the site stats, it looks like at least some people come.

So thanks to those that come and find it entertaining. Comments are always more than welcome - in fact it helps reassure me that people are actually reading. Whether you come here for the random shit that I write about, pictures of my apartment, to look at the "fun" things I do, to see how I'm doing, or to see me stuff my face, thanks for reading. And if you're reading and I don't know you, I'm just wondering what you find interesting about this site and how you found it.

This is kind of similar to a previous post of mine.

- NY Times: For Some, the Blogging Never Stops
- Gothamist on "Bloggers ♥ Their Blogs"

Posted by tien mao in Blog-ing at 7:24 AM



I've been reading your blog, as well as several of your friends (I love Corie and Rachel's as well as Jake's pictures of Thompson and photography in general) since I stumbled here through Gothamist. I have to say that I find reading blogs (and writing my own crappy, intro level blog) addictive. It's a strange type of celebrity...reading about people that you come to "think" you know since you read about their life regularly. It's an interesting NYC feel close but you aren't totally connected b/c you don't know the people. It can lead to bigger things...if you're very good or just can be a way for your family to see where you are if they can't catch you by phone. At any rate...two thumbs up for your blog!

Posted by: Sue at May 27, 2004 12:00 PM

I had been visiting Rachelle's site since moving to NYC (found her since she also previously lived in San Diego, and I liked her NYC activities!!) and I was so surprised to see that she had attended a performance that I was in (Greenwich Village Orchestra) and wrote about it. There was a link from to Tien's blog about the concert, and since then, I've been hooked on checking in on both sites. I really enjoy seeing what other young people like to do in NYC, especially the comments and photos on local restaurants!

Posted by: Cynthia Trostler at May 27, 2004 1:19 PM

I'm pretty new to blogging but I have been reading people's blogs for years. Since I'm from the NYC area, I like reading about what is going on in NYC, where other people go, and what they do.
Your blog is one of my favorites because it has a clean layout and I enjoy reading about your apartment renovation. It is coming along beautifully!!

Posted by: Heather at May 27, 2004 1:44 PM

thanks for all your comments. at least someone read this rambling post. i would say that the site has pretty much been a positive experience, letting me get my thoughts out. plus it helps me remember what i was doing on some days.

Posted by: tien at May 27, 2004 2:19 PM

I think I've told you this before, but you probably don't remember, but I came to find your site through Google on the first Tuesday that Tuesday Morning Quarterback was booted off ESPN and I was frantically looking for info about it. I enjoy reading your site and hearing your views and thoughts, even if they are different from mine at times. The pictures ain't bad either, except for the gratuitous face-stuffing ones. Keep it up. Oh've probably read this already, but check out this article and tell me how far you can get into it without thinking "Wasn't this an episode of Seinfeld?"

Posted by: Michael at May 27, 2004 3:25 PM

i was lured into you site by the picture of the krispykreme ice cream sundae....after drooling over the sundaes, i really got sucked in by your home renovation pics. nice, especially since i just moved into a real ghetto apartment.

Posted by: stam at May 27, 2004 3:54 PM

yeah michael, i remember how you found my site and i'm happy you're still reading. not only does that article remind me of seinfeld, but i think life generally is very seinfeld/simpson related. i guess that should be that seinfeld/the simpsons mirrors life and not the other way around. i feel that every situation in life can be related to either of those shows.

stam, good to know that the mary's dairy photo's lured you in and you stayed. hopefully, there is enough compelling content in the future to keep you reading. don't count on it though!

Posted by: tien at May 27, 2004 4:17 PM

I, too, am a product. I was told about her site by her cousin's husband, and then I checked out some of her links and noticed that she hung out with you often, so I started reading your blog as well. I wish I could live in NYC, so that's another reason I read yours, Rachelle's and Corie's. I must say I'm not a fan of the face-stuffing-photos, though! :)

Posted by: matt at May 27, 2004 6:00 PM

Hi, I read your blog almost everynight, it always has "food for thought" and I came via the Slice blog.

Posted by: BunnyFace at May 27, 2004 10:12 PM

hmm, people don't like the face stuffing photos?!? but i stuff so often!

matt, i'm glad that you and bunnyface enjoy (i hope i'm drawing the right conclusion) the site.

Posted by: tien at May 28, 2004 9:19 AM

I enjoy ALL of your photos...I especially liked the week-long food journal.....and the face-stuffing ones are always hillarious!!!

Posted by: cynthia at May 29, 2004 8:45 AM

thanks cynthia. it's kind of funny that some people enjoy the face stuffing while others hate it. i guess i can't make everyone happy.

and the week long food thing. that was hard. that was everything i consumed for the whole week except water. kind of nasty what i eat, no?

Posted by: tien at May 30, 2004 11:03 AM

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