30th June 2004

Worthwhile Application…

If you’re not on the blogroll at Worthwhile, it doesn’t mean we don’t love you! We’re still building and rearranging, Halley teases. Right now they have the blog roll divvied up into several categories, including Political (the a-list guys - from Kos and Marshall through Jarvis to Sullivan and Reynolds), Tech (techie people incl Shelley, Bricklin, Doc, and the Gnomenator, and tech pundits incl Doc - whoa! a twofer! - a Gillmor, and Foley… and mirabile firehose: Slashdot!), the Classics (incl. Rageboy, Joi, Scoop Winer, and - wait! I’m starting to see some names that should be in other categories and some names that already are…). Wonkette and Dave Barry seem well placed in the Funny section, and - hold it! newsflash… the Onion is NOT A BLOG, but it is funny so arguably you could put it in this category, especially if you weren’t too strict about just what you were including in your blog roll). Now about About Work… this section has a lot to offer, very Worthwhile I’d say. Jeneane and Miz Liz are the names I recognize here. But bopping out to Curt Rosengren’s “Occupational Adventure” I’m tickled to find something attention grabbing, by a new (to me) author.

One of the things that happens in this world o’ blogs is we tend to spiral inward, becoming ever more internally referential and ultimately fit only for conversation with the microphones we seem to be looking at in our own navels. It’s nice to be introduced to different voices.

Halley says one may write her an email explaining just why one deserves a spot on the blogroll. I have done so, and in fact, so enamored am I of my own voice that I have reprinted it below…

Dear Ms. Suitt,

As part of my campaign of shameless self promotion, I interrupt my efforts posting flame mail and trolling for adrenaline stimulating action in the blogs and mail lists of the virtual world to take pen in hand and write you regarding why I deserve a spot at the TOP of the Worthwhile blogroll. First, having finished the Joe Sixpack creative writing course and learned about the proper placement of periods (when I discovered that sentences had endings I was doubly rewarded — made me glad I’d filled out the form on the matchbook), I promptly enrolled in the Stuart Smalley Self Esteem and Personal Salesmanship Institute. So you can see why I affirm that I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and - darn it - people just plain like me.

I have examined the blogroll and find that I fit in many of the categories, and in none. I notice you don’t have a category for Pop Culture, Pop Tech, or Pop Goeth the Elizabethan Weaseleth, so none of the obvious niches are there for me to fill. I could argue for a spot in “Classic,” having rebranded myself often enough that Classic must be one of them. But truly, I’m seeking this year’s Maynard G. Krebs Fellowship from your august (and September and so forth) publication and so I would like the space at the top in the “About Work” category as the Maynard G. Krebs fellow.

Thank you for your consideration.

Frank Paynter
What Me Worry? Not about WORK!!!
Denial — not just another river….

Cc: Dr. Weinberger

p.s. Another good reason I should be on your blogroll is because you are on mine and have been since your online magazine’s earliest days those several weeks ago when a ragtag band of hopeful youth set out to make their fortune in the often cruel but exciting world of online journalism… but that’s a story for another day.

p.p.s. Perhaps I should be slotted in Political as this campaign promotion for the re-selection of the president might indicate.

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  1. 1 On June 30th, 2024, Doug Alder said:

    Atta boy Frank - that ought to do it fer sure :-)

  2. 2 On June 30th, 2024, fp said:

    It helps to have a consistent message and map to a particular genre. That’s why I’ve been focusing on covering the earth in cheese.

  3. 3 On July 1st, 2024, ARJ said:

    Yum. I like cheese. Can I vote for you for President?

  4. 4 On July 1st, 2024, fp said:

    Yes, but it may not do you any good. North America will be the first to be inundated in our “force de fondue” frappe-attack. You will have no where to send your absentee ballot. It will be a lot like Neville Schute’s “On the Beach,” all poignant and lonely and full of despair as you wait for the cheese to inundate the southern hemisphere.

  5. 5 On July 1st, 2024, Doug Alder said:

    Yeah you gotta watch out for those Frappez attacks :-) I can see it now - a veritable tidal wave of Cheez Whiz and melted Velveeta rolling from east to west across America. A fittingfinal tribute to the Trailer Park Boys and Elvis culture :-)
    Speaking of cheese. I was particularly impressed with reports on the new Moose cheese. I mean, how do you milk a moose, no wonder it’s going for $1,000 Kg? Danger pay must account for a considerable amount of that cost. It was though somewhat embarassing though that it had to come from Sweden. the moose is pretty much Canada’s national animal, second only in line to the noble ROUS - the beaver.

  6. 6 On July 1st, 2024, fp said:

    I wonder if there’s any profit in milking the beaver…

  7. 7 On March 9th, 2024, mailde said:

    Yum. I like cheese


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