Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Bloggers Block, and why it never happens if you work at a certain online news site

What with not having spent much time in London over the past few months I've been struggling to get back into my former city blogging patterns.  Being frantically busy at work has not much helped either, thus every spare moment on the bus is taken up by worrying about programme reports and fieldwork data, not by devising fascinating blog topics.  Right now I am marooned in Copenhagen, amidst weather that can only be described as 'classic Danish crime thriller gloom', freaking out about tomorrow when I will have to run a day-long workshop with many, many people all a hell of a lot more competent and experienced than I.  All on my own.  And I've had no supper.  So I'm grumpy as well as stressed.

So naturally, rather than prepare my presentation slides I would rather apologise for my lack of blogging of late.  And proffer instead yet another thing I wasted time on several days ago when I was also NOT BLOGGING.  Because as I cursed my Bloggers Block I realised that there's one place where online writing is so, so easy and simple that the new content just keeps on coming.  (The site's name rhymes with GailyFail.com by the way.)  Sure, nothing on this site may feel entirely new, due to its ridiculously formulaic style, but the turnover of content is undeniably impressive.  Give me an article headline and I could write the whole thing with my eyes closed, recalling the mindlessly cliched choice phrases used over and over again.  It would be word perfect.  All you need is a handful of paparazzi shots and away you go.  Take one photo, young online journalist, and work your way through a simple question tree.  Et voila! Un blogpost...


10 comments:

  1. Hi from freezing London! All ok here, except hat the run-up to Christmas is as stressful as ever. Sorry to be thick, but which site are you talking about?

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    1. 'The site's name rhymes with GailyFail.com'...it is home to the 'sidebar of shame', so labelled by journalists, Caitlin Moran and Grace Dent, and provides many a bored office-worker with web-based entertainment. In its paper form this newspaper is a tabloid rather than a broadsheet. Getting any warmer, Muriel?

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    2. The DailyMail, you mean (epiphany moment on my side!). Nothing wrong with this, we all need a bit of gossip from time to time...

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    3. Boom! Gold star for you, Muriel!

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  2. my fave is when they are always described as being 'poured into' their outfits. this post made me nod knowingly and lol.

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    1. Ah yes, the 'poured into' outfits - another classic phrase, Catherine!

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  3. Ha ha ha - the 'flaunting' bit is amazing - so true! They need to use a new word.
    Also, how lovely to be in Copenhagen! I hope you're wearing a Sarah Lund jumper. xx

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    1. Someone needs to send them a thesaurus, Emma.

      Now I know why Sarah Lund needs her jumpers in Copenhagen - it was freezing cold. Such a shame a big, hairy jumper isn't exactly client-meeting appropriate...!

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    2. A contrite apology for the paucity of posts by Accidental Londoner is more interesting than most of the diatribe out there. Liked the term 'sidebar of shame' but still can't work out which on-line newspaper it is, but maybe I just read the wrong kind of dirge.

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    3. Ah, thank you, Cabbie! MuMuGB's got it higher up in the comments...(clearly your reading online is far too high-brow - which is probably a good thing!)

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