6 steps to disenchantment.
There are several bloggers and writers I used to love, but now I find them dry or irritating. I’ve gone through the same cycle with each of them. If you want to go through it too, follow these steps!
1. Go to a popular blog. The Daily Dish will do in a pinch. Click around for a while until you see an interesting paragraph quoted from some other blog, and then check out that blog. Keep doing this until you find a fresh voice making arguments that you’ve never heard before, or never heard quite in that way.
2. Subscribe to this Fresh And Interesting Blog (FAIB) in your RSS reader of choice. Repeat step 1 if desired to find more FAIBs.
3. Read regularly, comment occasionally. You should start your own blog if you find that your comments regularly exceed three paragraphs. In this case, you will want to find several other FAIBs, and put them on your “blog roll.” A good way to do this is to follow links on the primary FAIB. After a few months you will find that you have a pretty good handle on how the primary FAIB will respond to anything. At this point, the FAIB has become a Predictable But Still Interesting Blog (PBSIB).
4. Realize that the writer who drew you to the PBSIB repeats himself or herself quite a bit. At this point, two things might happen:
(4a) The writer realizes this at the same time, and, through a combination of posting less frequently and actively aiming at new ideas, turns the PBSIB back into a FAIB. Return to step 3.
(4b) The writer, cozened into complacency by fawning readers or edged into defensiveness by hostile ones, stays in the rut and becomes boring at best, self-parodic at worst. The writer now produces a Predictable And Boring Blog (PABB). Continue to step 5.
5. Let posts from the PABB pile up in your RSS reader. Scroll through them out of a feeling of obligation once every two weeks or so.
6. After a month or so, ruefully remove the blog from your RSS reader, wondering whatever happened to that fresh and interesting voice you were so excited about.
Note: If you find that the writer hardly ever repeats herself or himself (step 4) over a long period of frequent posts, congratulations. You have found a very good blog.