Sunday, March 30, 2008

Is having a blog like having a cable access show? Or, one reason why I'm going to BlogHer this summer.

Breaking announcement
Have you seen this guy on cable access? I've seen him a few times but I have no idea what he's actually saying. He rambles on and on. Tonight I had him on and grabbed my camera in hopes someone might know something about him, what his story is. I did catch his grumbling about the world wide internet, but how that stuff is all fake, with fake names. And the YOUTUBE (I think that's how he pronounced it: all caps) stuff is 2-and-a-quarter-inch by 2-and-a-quarter-inch and how can anyone see that stuff? He didn't move much. Just stood there, with his disco ball on a can, his earphones, and his microphone clutched in a death grip. I would have kept watching him if AdRi hadn't insisted I change the channel.

But it got me wondering. Is blogging kinda like having a cable access show? Do blogs have more impact/reach than cable shows like this one? Have blogs already gone the way of the cable access show and I just don't know it?

Well, I intend to find out at BlogHer 08. Oh yes, my pretties. Recovering Straight Girl and I are traveling together to San Francisco this summer for a weekend full of enlightenment, connections, and girl fun. Also known as debauchery. You pick. I'm quite excited. If you're reading this blog, and you're thinking about going, YOU SHOULD. And if you're queer and reading this blog, you really should. Because the conference is at mecca. Hellooooooo.

I have no idea, really, what to expect. And I hope it's not a building full of "mama" bloggers (no offense, but I'm not into reading about breastfeeding and clogged nipples) or scrapbookers (no offense, again, but come on, environmental impact of all that paper!). Oh sigh. And if it doesn't work out, I can always get a cable access show, right? Anyone have a disco ball?

16 comments:

bojack said...

If you will guarantee 10 shows, I'm sure readers will take up a collection and get you the disco ball!

SassyFemme said...

BlogHer in SF? Sounds like a blast!

I actually think blogs have far surpassed local cable access shows. Very few people, at least around here, actually watch those things. The only time I ever look at them is when they televise the School Board meetings. Blogs, on the other hand, have the potential to reach far more people since people do actually tune in, as our stats can tell us. They tend to find us by searching us out, or linking from another blog that has some type of similarity, not just accidentally flipping through the channels because there's nothing else on.

That said, blogs are also like the editorial pages, lots of them and often much said about nothing. It's something that either clicks or doesn't click with people.

Recovering Straight Girl said...

Sassy, I'm a little bit concerned that you watch school board meetings on cable access. I think you need to live it up a bit and come to San Francisco with us!!!

Woo-Hoo--Gay Mecca here we come! I hope we don't scare any of the Mommy or Scrapbook Bloggers.

Lewis said...

I think this boy (although being about 40% girl) is out of his element. I hope that you guys (girls?) rock the heck outta SFO. Those scrapbookers and such NEED YOU THERE. Show 'em what it's like.

melissa lion said...

My nipples are clogging in jealousy that you and the RSG are spending a weekend in San Francisco. Will you please eat at Tartine for me?

Syd said...

I guess I'll trash my plans for the online breastfeeding scrapbook.

Anonymous said...

contrary to current belief, san francisco is so much more than a gay mecca. nor is it merely a place for upwardly mobile, six figure earning white folks. the perceptions, stereotypes and generalizations of my birthplace are depressing. just sayin'.

LeLo in NoPo said...

Bojack: Only if you cohost.

Sassyfemme: You were a straight A student weren't you? You actually answered the question of this post. Impressive!

RSG: Someone told me mommy bloggers are mean. Watch it!

Lewis: I'll bring my pinking shears.

Melissa: Jealousy is so junior high. Get a ticket and come!

Syd: I would expect exactly that from you.

Anonymous: I didn't say it was only a gay mecca. Issues? P.S. How's Blogzie?

Fleur de Lisa said...

I totally vote for debauchery! I'd loe to go, but I'm a little scared of scapbooking mommies.

Tricia said...

Hey, I'm a mommy and the wife is a scrapper...should I beat you up???

I did it. I registered.

Neva said...

Now that you mention it...I think blogs are the newer, cooler public access show. At least mine is.

Have a blast in SF, you two! I hope you can avoid all the mommy-bloggers, if possible. And the bridal-bloggers, too!

LeLo in NoPo said...

Ooh I should clarify: mommy bloggers are totally cool. It's the use of the term "mama blogger" that's just like nails on a chalkboard! And Tricia? You're the coolest mother around: lesbians parenting 10 kids. Hello. I hold you on a pedestal!

Banana Lee Fishbones said...

But I got like 207 on that internet IQ quiz. Are you sure you want to be seen in public in another city with me? (:

Wacky Mommy said...

Mommy bloggers are such total witches, aren't they? They are not cool even one tiny bit. I don't think they should be allowed to blog at all. They need to be wiping noses or mopping floors or something. Huh.

Wacky Mommy said...

That was meant to be sarcastic and tongue in cheek but just came out sounding rude, sorry Miss Lelo. I was just fixing dinner, answering questions, listening to piano practice and wishing I could flick cigarette ashes in the sink, a la Peg Bracken and the I Hate to Cook book.

But I don't smoke.

Blogging is all I've got at this point.

Kathy said...

yes, definately a cool cable access show. I don't have a disco ball, but I think I really need one. I do have a lava lamp that plugs into my usb port, can that count?