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Friday, July 08, 2005

now there's an idea

i found this very interesting post from a new blogger. she thinks that women write more interesting blogs than men. i agree, just look at my sidebar :)

actually what was more interesting was how she psychoanalyzed three bloggers after reading what they wrote. i found this quite fascinating. theres something ive thought about very often and thats how the internet allows you to communicate with people anonymously. we already have email, im, chat where you are nameless, faceless and personalityless. you can be anyone you want to be. then there are things like orkut and where you give more information about yourself, but you choose exactly how much to give. if you want, you can post photos and fill in details about your background. or you can just have a name and thats it. finally there are blogs. you are still faceless, but now people actually get a look into your personality. what you write about, what you say and how you say it lets people imagine the kind of person you are. sure, you can make up things about yourself, but its impossible to change your basic underlying nature. so i think a blog is the best window into a persons soul that the internet has been able to provide.

and personally, i have formed mental pictures of all the people whose blogs i read. i have an idea about how they look, what they behave liek and even what they sound like. maybe i am missing the mark completely. i remember when i was in school i thought that jimmy on calcutta fm was this really smokingly hot guy, but then i saw him and i was shattered. people in calcutta should understand what i mean, everyone else i think gets the picture. anyways, i think ill spend a couple of posts on what my mental picture is of the various people whose blogs i visit. hopefully, theyll drop by to tell me if im right or wrong. of course im leaving out people like samit basu, who is a celebrity so everyone knows everything about him, and all the peopl who i know personally. but this should be fun. hey, maybe ill start something.

so next post ill try and describe eM who everyone knows but no one has seen. oh, and please see her post on chatting which is related to what i said, but only sorta. but its all good :)

oh, and after that i must put up my rant against orkut which has been building inside me for a while. on of the many things i must do, must do.


  • At 9:10 PM, Blogger satchisgod said…

    Actually, don't you think it's fun, as long as you keep it at that level - like forming this whole mental picture thingy of someone you've never met.
    Ironically, the same argument would prolly hold against the whole online dating industry (a major one, I'm sure) - like Holmes says to our good old Dr. Watson, it's best to know the worst of each other before moving in.
    I should confess, as much as I enjoy navigating around in the blogworld, or even Orkut for that matter, at the end of the day, I can only laugh it all away.
    Still, am curious about other people's take on this.
    And ah, I hate feminists - lol, first you rant about sexual equality and then stare/yell/whatever the shit of the poor guy who dared to occupy a "reserved" seat. There you go...my views on on eM and the rest of the pack:D

  • At 9:32 PM, Blogger Dusty said…

    Perhaps the new fangled google blog search -- uummmm -- forget its name, should enable a search for women bloggers. But, do we all blog for the same reason? For me, it began as an exercise just to collate my scribblings in various publications. Then, my blog enabled me to rant. Then finally, it helped me avoid group emails to a host of friends telling them about recent misadventures in my life (I actually don't like this part - I think emails were more personal, brought us closer together, than the blog ever can). So, I guess, personal characteristics can be gauged depending only on why that particular person blogs! This post sure made for interesting reading.

  • At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Devil said…

    And those are US citizens.
    And in case, it provides for itself by genocide elsewhere and the "provided for" happily guzzles the provisions goes a long way to tell baout the mindset and nature of those very people.

    Way to go ! Making generalizations about millions of people, definitely does make you see very bright.

    As for genocide, India is equally quilty as everyone else in case of the Darfur Genocide. Maybe in fact more, because India has remained mum because of the investments it has made in Sudan.

    If you had any idea about the level of activisim which goes on in US for the various causes around the world, you wouldn't be making this statement.

  • At 11:58 AM, Blogger thalassa_mikra said…

    Thanks for the comments on my blog. I just wrote a response there, hope you find it useful :)

  • At 7:34 PM, Blogger Megha said…

    Whether the impressions we form of people, based on the blogs they write, are accurate or not, the entire exercise is definitely interesting and gives us food for thought. So hope you have fun with your analysis and dissection :)

    Thanks for dropping by on my blog and for the comment. Cheers! :)

  • At 10:39 PM, Blogger Sleepyface said…

    hey, thats an interesting one. i guess there are two things here..
    1. the way women write
    2. the way a blogger blogs

    and i think these are related. that is women reveal their personality and their thoughts through their posts. any post, follows a particular flow. This would help the reader create a mental picture easily.

    Unlike men. today they may post a thing about their thought and tomorrow, it may be a link to an interesting site. the flow is broken continually the mental picture you try to create gets flawed because of inconsistency in the posts and inadequacy of information..

    whaddaya think???

  • At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Its quite interesting.....your blog is like a journey, you are moving from the flippant to the intellectual...

  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said…

    Despite your low opinion of men in general, this post was worth it all. Because (a) the idea of Jimmy Tangree, bow-legs, wispy pate et al being dreamt of as HOT is just too hilarious and (b) I had this mental picture of your expression when you finally met him.

    Oh my oh my! Water!


  • At 5:19 PM, Blogger Kafka on the Shore said…

    the flow is broken continually the mental picture you try to create gets flawed because of inconsistency in the posts and inadequacy of information..

    ummm, maybe not. :)

  • At 5:18 PM, Blogger Kafka on the Shore said…

    i just meant that not all guy blogs are like that. thought it was self-evident.

  • At 11:01 PM, Blogger Sleepyface said…

    "ummm, maybe not. :)"

    yep. but may be not holds the same probability as may be :)

  • At 11:06 PM, Blogger Dusty said…

    Vish.. it is called sherlockblog, there are other blog search sites , you can go there from the home page of blogger.com

    Type in a subject and you get blogs on that subject. Have fun surfing!

  • At 10:14 AM, Blogger Dusty said…

    I found it
    Go there, type the subject you want to know about,and you will get related blogs. BTW, that is how I landed on your pal's satchisgod's blog. It is a small blog world out there.

  • At 11:44 AM, Blogger Gati said…

    Feedster's a cute one....and reaches where few others do. I know from experience, but will not tell. You guys will call me boastful.


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