Have you ever used the "Next Blog" button on the top of your favourite Blogspot blog? The button that takes you randomly to some exciting new venue, some as-yet-unexplored vista of powerful writing, images to take your breath away, and undreamed realms of penis enlargement using only naturally occurring vitamins?
Yah, I made that mistake this evening. I make that mistake about once every four months or so, when I really need to be reminded what a massive traffic jam this new-fangled Information Superhighway actually can be the moment you decide to take an off-ramp into the City of Blog, population ever-expanding.
I've found it fairly safe going, following blog links off the blogs I usually read. This is sane and reasonable, and almost always guarantees me intelligent reading. I know, for instance, that if I happen to follow a link on Stucco's blogroll I'll find someone who writes with intelligence and humour, much like Hisself. There may be an unseemly amount of phlegm mentioned, or a whole post on underleg noises, but at least it'll be well written. I like to think that the same thing happens on my blogroll. The intelligence, not the underleg noises, tho there are a few grey areas out there. Follow any of those links and you'll find what I like to read--intelligence, humour, and talented writers.
But nooooo, I had to go and follow the "Next Blog" arrow with it's allure of something New! Unique! Interesting!
What I got was porn, politics, advertisements, more porn, some adverts for all-natural cleaning agents and an astounding number of foreign language blogs, some of which can be quite surreal when you see the photos and you begin to make up stories in your head to go with the photos, but that's just me.
Wow. A poo contest. Hold. Me. Back. Quality content free of charge.
Oh me. Is this world such a sad place that ninety five out of one hundred bloggers feel the need to sell something, and one of that hundred needs to show me photos of someone's poo? What happened to the bright shining promise of these internets? Where are the sites filled with wonders, sites that open one's eyes to the infinite possibilities of the human spirit? Is there actually a whole planet-full of computer-savy people out there who only want to show me something I don't really want to see in the first place?
And why would I possibly want to pay someone to show me how to put the business end of a shop vac on my manhood?