What I’ve Learned About Blogging

I started this blog at the urging of my doctor. Not specifically a blog… an outlet for my thoughts. You see, I was being treated for clinical depression. The doctor thought it would help to have a way to express myself.

This quickly morphed into a place where I could entertain both myself and others by ranting about things like:

…there’s a reason women don’t hold many executive business positions

…abortion is murder

…the justice system would work much better if we made punishments fit the crime better like if you stab someone 54 times, we do the same to you

…we shouldn’t kill people just because they’re disabled

…athletes tend to lack higher cognitive functions

…tight pants are better left to anorexic girls

…incidentally, eating is what makes you fat, not eating is what makes you skinny

…the economy is better off if businesses are allowed to screw their employees and the government

These viewpoints generate a lot of hatred. Most of it is from strangers, which is a-ok with me. So long as you sign the stupid comment.

The most surprising thing about this experience has been how it has affected my “real” friendships. Some people began opting to read here instead of actually talking to me. People that actually know me started believing what I write here over what they knew to be true about me. (i.e. that I am caring and generous… not to mention sexy and desirable.) And yes, very often, they’re two different things. If I believed half of what I write here, my family would pull out my feeding tube.

In one sense, it was a high price to pay for a hobby like blogging. Whenever your personal information is available to anyone that wants it, you’re going to get your fair share of people that go “oh, THAT’S what you think? I’m glad I know that so I don’t have to be your friend anymore, you jerk.” But from the beginning, the point was to entertain, to incite vigorous discussion, and to evoke an emotional response from those that read. And boy has it worked.

I guess I was just very surprised that my writings here have eclipsed the actual “me” that people know. It’s like for some people the site has become me.

I knew that I was taking that risk by letting my friends and coworkers in on my little blog. So I accept the results of letting them in on it. In fact, I actually thank god that I have learned about people through something as non-critical as this, rather than finding out when there was a real life crisis.

The funniest phenomenon of all, though, has to be the fact that on several occasions, people that know me have gotten FURIOUS because I talked about a topic, and they were CERTAIN that I was talking about them. Now, I’m not going to sit here and lie to you. I’ve written the occasional entry with a specific person in mind. But the funny-ness comes in here: The person I was writing about has NEVER been the person that thought I was talking about them. It’s like I said so wisely in my disclaimer… if you think I’m talking about you, it means one of two things: 1) You’re reading too much into it, or 2) The shoe fits.

All-in-all, it’s been a positive experience. I’ve met some great people, some smart people, some not-so-smart people, some feygs (hi Andy), some liberal fascists, and some conservative compadres. This much fun should be illegal.

Oh yeah… it is.

So to those of you that think I believe everything I say on here, shame on you for being so silly and dense. To those that get completely infuriated by what I say, thanks for all the laughs and for sending me hilarous hateful emails. Finally, to those that read and laughed so hard you snorted and made diet coke and/or pasta come out your nose, you are the reason I keep on writing.

Peace out, honkies.

  14 comments for “What I’ve Learned About Blogging

  1. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Incredipetey, you had me at “Hitler is alive and manufacturing Mountain Dew” Absolutely hilarious!

  2. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I wanna be VICE President of the We Love Big Incredipeter Club.

  3. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Huh, huh-huh…you said ‘big Incredipeter’…

  4. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I also think you are sexy and desirable and in addition to that, I think you will be quite a catch for some lucky girl. You are a good guy and the ambition is swell, too. Alright, I’m moving in.

  5. Wen
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Congrats on 200! Of course you’re sexy nd desirable…

    And I only moved to Kansas City so I could be closer to that sexy. Sheesh.

  6. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Doode, did you just call me a honky?? Meanmommy will be very upset with you.

  7. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Aw, Incredipete. I vote yes, too. Your blog keeps me entertained; I check in every day. I agree with most of what you say, and it keeps ME sane to know there are other like-minded people out there. Even if they’re all the way in KC. Keep up the good work. You have a right to your opinion even if you’re not liberal. Don’t let the commies silence you. Now, get out there and find yourself a nice, conservative girl and make a half a dozen babies, would you? (Try a big church with an active singles group. You KNOW that’s where all the cute, smart girls are.)

  8. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I vote yes, too.

  9. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Well I must be doing something wrong; the only “hate” mail I’ve gotten so far was from some guy who thought that because I spelled Stephen King’s first name wrong meant I never actually read any of his books.

    Whatever.

    I agree with DK, only WE get to decide if you’re sexy and desirable. I vote YES too.

  10. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    1. You don’t get to decide if you are sexy and desirable, the girls do. I vote YES.
    2. I agree about people assuming they know me from what I write in my blog, *despite* my disclaimer.
    3. I haven’t yet seen a side of you that I didn’t like. 😉
    I’d make more points but I can’t count any higher.

  11. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    In reading (and enjoying) your blog, I think I can say that I have seen the “real” Incredipete. 😉

  12. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Hey Incredipete: You suck. (smiles and waves as I go off to annoy others)

  13. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Not me! My digital personality is my personality!!

    I live for making people squirm, I firmly believe that if it wasn’t for people like Incredipete I would have nothing to aim my guns at. And I’m talking about real guns, I own lots of guns. Keep your head down Incredipetey.

    Ok see that is a good example of what not to do and obvious humor. BAD humor yes but hey if Joey Bishop can do it, I figure what the fuck I can be not funny and get paid for that too right?

    So anyone who reads this send me a dollar so I can continue to be not funny, and get paid for it.

    Incredipete I’m happier then a pig in shit you write your blog, if it is keeping you out of the bell tower with a stolen rifle, I say keep writing. And if you stop, email me the location of the tower so I can be out of town that weekend.

    See you peckerwoods!

  14. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Take it all with a grain of salt, Incredipetey boy…If Incredipete is your real name(I kid) Our digital personalities are so much less than who we really are, regardles of what we write. It would literally take me 40 years to write a blog that completely expressed who and what I am at 40… You get the drift

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