“What did you read today?” asks my book-reviewing blogging friend, Marcia. That question made me examine my reading habits.
What I really love is drivel. Shock! I thought I was an intellectual! Drivel is different from trivia, the plural of trivium. Drivel is “silly nonsense”, while trivia (pl) are a step above that, “inconsequential or insignificant matters.” Actually I love both. And I can spend enormous amounts of time organizing myself so that I can enjoy my drivel to the fullest extent. Talk about a trivial pursuit! When I start some organizing project, it quickly morphs into something draconian, and I have created a dracon, just to get my trivia faster.
My favorite place to find the trivia and drivel I adore is in the genre of blog. To make my reading more efficient, and get in more trivia every day, I have tried to organize my blog reading since my comment chat with Russel Ray about how to follow 1,900 blogs and still have a life and a career. I don’t want to just read Pando’s news about the latest economic crisis in Central California. OK maybe I do. No, really I don’t. I prefer to read about the birds in San Diego, or how Ralph irons his pants in Spain, or how to properly use the words “try to” as opposed to “try and.” You don’t get this kind of writing in the mainstream Reader because it’s clogged with stuff from Turkey and Central California.
So I have done what any docile, well-educated student does – listened to a pro, and copied. I cut and pasted my blogger friends from Reader into a spreadsheet. Please don’t be insulted – you’re more than a number to me. However, I am finding this to be quite a
frivolous worthwhile simple process. I thought I would be so smart and go to my reader and copy all the blogs I follow and past them in a spreadsheet and bingo, I could just click and follow. WRONG. Click, and go to reader, then click again and go to the website, the don’t forget to copy the url and paste it back into the spreadsheet where that cheater Reader connection url was embedded deceptively into the name of the blog.
Determined to make this work so I could get in more trivia every day and save time doing I took this project to the next step. Russel Ray paid me a high compliment when he wrote that he colored my site green on his spreadsheet because I was more than just a blogger. That made my day. I colored my favorite people green, too. I’m not going to tell you how long that took, or the process to do each one. Suffice to say that I had too much time on my hands for a couple of days this week.
This whole organizing episode I’ve had reminds me of a story – BTW kuddos to me, I made it through the Bs on my alphabetical list. I cheated a little bit, and went through the whole list and marked my very favorite blogs green before I went back to the top and started down the list. As I was saying, this
complicated process reminds me of a story about my grandma, that Mom and I laughed about for years. Trust me, it fits here.
Grandma, age 55, wanted to go outside and work in the garden, but she couldn’t find anything to wear. She had a closet so full of clothes that they spilled out of the bedroom. She couldn’t shut any of her inside doors because they had clothes hanging from them. In spite of her glut of surplus clothes, she couldn’t find a pair of shorts that suited the dirty gardening task. So she went down into the basement where she had a chest of drawers with my mother’s high school clothes packed away for safe keeping. Grandma went through the depression, and never threw away anything. She found just the right shorts for the sweaty job, and took them upstairs to put them on. The problem was that they were way too small. So before she could go outside to weed, she had to alter the shorts by adding a two-inch strip of fabric down the outside of each side seam of the shorts. I’m sure that was attractive because you know that she didn’t have any fabric that matched the shorts. Nevertheless, Grandma persisted until she finished her alteration, and then she was ready to go outside to weed, after a nice glass of iced tea. You know what happened, don’t you? She was much too tired from sewing for a couple of hours to go weed.
OM_, I’m not like that … am I? In spite of all this crazy organizing, I have visited more sites this week than in a long time. I did read 20 blogs yesterday, and not superficially, Meme. REALLY! And, I’ve remade some new friends – ones that write mostly
trivia humor, travel, food, and, did I say humor? Well it seems like trivia at first, but deep down, there’s that spark of something real and thoughtful in the humor and nonsense that makes me want to connect with that person.
That’s what I’m reading, Marcia. Oh yeah, I did read your blog, and thoroughly enjoyed it! No, I wouldn’t call it trivia, exactly. A book review, yes. No, no, of course not. It’s, …yeah, that’s right, mine is pretty similar. No, my pictures aren’t … No, not at all. Yeah, I do talk a lot about… Yeah, Yeah. Uh huh. hmmm. Ok, well, yes, I’m going to. Listen, Marcia, I’ve got to go. I’m working on a very important … Yeah, yeah, yea, I know, you’ve got to go, too. So keep in touch, will you. I really miss you when I don’t hear from you once in a while! OK. You, too. Bye.
So what important stuff are you doing? What are you reading???