In my brief foray onto the internet I have been privileged to work with some of the funniest people to ever post a blog. Writers of such wit and humorocity that lesser talents are forced to schedule their tears of envy for a time when they are not busy laughing.
Although they make it look it easy, each of these practitioners of the funny arts has had to overcome many obstacles and technical hindrances that if allowed, would mug their muse and rob the blogosphere of their valuable contributions.
So today I am asking several of these online humorists to share with us some of the technical knowledge and wisdom that enables their art and powers their presentation.
Please note that this is not a meme.
Despite their funny words most humorists are serious people who tend to believe, wrong or right, that most other people are not going to be interested in their favorite color, childhood pets, or in Seventeen-and-half more things I did over my sixth grade summer vacation unless it somehow involves a nudist colony and rabid porcupines.
But a Writing Challenge however –a chance to test your skills as a writer of humor upon a new and untried subject –that’s a horse of a difference folk song.
So here’s the deal, I’m calling out people with a proven track record of humorous writing and technical proficiency to share their wisdom and expertise with us in an entertaining fashion.
These entries can be fiction, anecdote, satire, parody, poetry, or even a transcript of pre-Columbian interpretive dance, but it needs to be funny, entertaining and it must convey useful and accurate information about the art of blogging to those less educated than yourself in its mysterious ways.
You can see my Introduction to RSS Feeds for an example of what I am talking about.
The reward for your efforts, other than the pride of a job well done and the satisfaction of sharing your experience with those less amazingly genius than yourself, will be your inclusion into an elite organization of Living Internet Resources known as the Better Blogging Bureau. As an added bonus, your membership comes complete with official licensing insignia that you may place in your wallet or even upon your blog, informing each and every person you encounter of just how helpful and downright awesome you truly are.
And to further make the internet a kinder, gentler place, you will also receive the privilege of challenging five other bloggers of humor that you admire to quit being so selfish with their wealth of experience and trickle down a bit of it to us little people.
To start things off I am hereby throwing down the gauntlet to these highly qualified purveyors of humorous weblogery:
Diesel of the Mattress Police – I am confident that the charitable and educational nature of this endeavor will allow it to slide past his pet…I mean guardian, Grudir the meme-slayer, without major incident.
Mark Reynar of the Skwib – Even if Mark himself is busy, I’m sure that one of his simian minions can handle a piece like this for him without breaking a sweat. This is a good thing because there’s nothing quite like the scent of monkey sweat to thoroughly stifle inspiration.
Madeleine Kane of the Mad Kane humor empire – Who in a bold display of the writing instincts that keep her at the top of her game, has already intuited my purpose and posted her entry entitled Dear Newbie.
Kevin Palmer of Pointless Banter – If you have ever read his Buzz Networker stuff you know that Kevin has the technical chops for this challenge. I only hope that he can take a break from his writing, dating, speaking and breathing schedules to answer the call of the people.
His Lordship Andy Fanton of Lord Likely fame – Between his many web holding I’m sure he can find a place to display his riches of blogging wisdom.
No list of bloggers with humorous technical skill would be complete without Kuanyin of Blog Blonde.
I am also calling out Jeff of View From the Cloud,
Johnny Virgil of 15 Minute Lunch,
And Bossy of I am Bossy because I have a hunch that she is rather instructive as well.
For those who skimmed over all the good stuff above, the challenge in a nutshell is this:
- Write a funny post that includes an actual and helpful technical blogging tip or educational material helpful to new bloggers.
- Challenge five other experienced bloggers of funniness.
- Post it. (You thought I would overlook that little technicality, didn’t you?)
- Link and badge up if you so desire.
As always you don’t have to be handpicked by myself to answer this challenge, every blogger I know is always on the lookout for new ideas to write about and here I have provided one for you free of charge.
Will you rise to the challenge or grovel on the couch of…not-rising-ness?
The choice is yours.
Remember, even it comes with a badge and backlinks, and is foisted upon you like a highschool chemistry lab partner, that doesn’t make it a meme.
It’s a challenge.