It’s the perfect time of year to ditch the pending items and one from back in October caught my eye. Darren Rowse, the Problogger, espoused the principle of a blog’s usefulness. All well and good, until I got to his examples of useful blogs, where he lists TMZ, a celebrity gossip blog.
I had to run this past José. “Ah, well,” he said, “people have always wanted gossip. Only the other day Weston…” and off he went (Weston is another bear but not a space-faring one.)
So, useful gives people what they want. That means a drug-dealer is useful. I get it now. Today’s fieldfare was useful in pushing my 2010 list on to 39. I got what I wanted – not much use for a fieldfare otherwise, eh?
José finished his Weston tale and checked out TMZ. “Well,” he said, “you’ve got to admire their… chutzpah?”
I’m not sure he meant that exactly: he is only a bear and not even a Jewish one. I think he needed a different word, just as we need another word for actually being of use to people. Beneficial?
One thing’s for sure: this blog does not aim to be useful.