Sunday, March 05, 2006

WARNING: Narcissism Ahead!!!

I read a column in the Washington Post about blogs last week. It was called "30 Million Blogs and Counting..." At the end of the column, the columnist, Frank Ahrens, asked readers to email him with the answer to the question, "Why do you blog?"

I wrote:

"It is a personal blog about my life in Japan.

I like to think that I blog because it is the best way to keep my friends and family up to date with what I am doing. My mother's half of the family lives in Massachusetts, my father's half lives in Saipan, my brother is in Florida, my sister is in Wyoming, my Mom lives in Costa Rica, I have a cousin living in England, my best friend lives in Chicago, and I live in Japan. They read my blog and several of them keep thier own blogs and that is how we keep up to date with each other. It would be impossible to keep up with all of my friends otherwise.

The real reason I blog, though, is because I am a narcissist. Everyone in America thinks that they can write an interesting book, open a great restaurant, or that their life would make an intriguing reality TV show. A personal blog is just the hot new thing along that line of thinking. It gives people the opportunity to live out the fantasy that they are special, without actually having to put in too much effort."
In his lastest column Ahrens quoted the section of my email highlighted in italics.


Click HERE to read the article that quotes me.

Click HERE to see where the Washington Post website links to my blog (about a third of the way down the page).

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Angry Sicilian said...

Thats pretty spiffy :) Thanks for the chicago plug ;)

Jill said...

Hey, that's me in England!