Me me me

windowThere’s something to this meme thing. Dinner from a can is so much easier than chopped, boiled and strained, and whether ready-lifted from the shelves of another or in a packet, I’ll take my inspiration where I can, especially in times when words home-made are rare.

Camille of Now wrote recently of a Favourite Post 2007 meme doing the rounds, and not wanting to miss a band-wagon ripe for the jumping, I am getting on board. The meme in question is rather self-explanatory: name your favourite web diary posting of the year to date.

I could nominate a number of posts by a multitude of authors, but one in particular jostles for pre-eminence in mind, a story by David Raho on his most excellent bog The First Word, which by the way I have the very small distinction of discovering before he hit the big time: Lucy the Girl in the Window. 698 points on can’t be wrong.

Actually they could be. Somewhat missing the spirit of the post, and its authors’ increasingly weary comments, several members of reddit started trying to piece together the identity of the girl. But you’ll have to read the story to know what that means.

To those not nominated, no insult intended or should be taken—I actually like far too many other writers and their postings to even begin to do them justice, which leads me to wonder if a“What I have been reading, enjoying, stealing from and forgetting to thank recently” update could be in the works.

Incidentally, is this the Oscars? Why are we choosing the best blog post of 2007 at the start of the year!

Getting over myself and with the spirit of things, I’ve joyfully embraced all things meme—Thirteen Interesting Facts About Me as a Child one of the most entertaining to write posts yet, hopefully entertaining to read as well—and even inspiring a sequel.

  • Camille Crawford
    Posted at 01:49h, 23 May

    Very interesting story John. I like it. 155 comments on it. Wow. I’m not familiar with reddit but yes, I agree, it’s crazy to try and solve a mystery that is almost 20 years old, but hey! give them their fancy! It could inspire a host of further stories that sweep the blogosphere into a crazy out of control wonderland… in fact, has that already happened?

    I love the title ‘Me me me’… Someone needed to do it!

    Regarding best post of 2007 at the beginning of the year… I thought the same question. But who am I to judge the sanity of it? Perhaps it was a typo along the way, or perhaps the mindset of bloggers is lacking in attention that couldn’t possibly look further than a couple of months? Perhaps it was math? Or perhaps the one who started this meme wasn’t blogging in 2006?
    Trying to find the sensibility slightly confused me so I just took the gift horse and didn’t bother to look him inside out.

    Thanks for pointing out the story. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • Jaitra Gillespie
    Posted at 07:44h, 23 May

    Thanks Camille. I’ve gone and discovered myself a few more memes, which means the eternal problem of“What am I going to write next?” has been solved, at least for a couple of days.

  • alf
    Posted at 10:21h, 23 May

    Interesting story about Lucy, reminds me of that song Lovely Lucy Meter Maid by The Rolling Stones. The story had a perfect ending, although the author should have been arrested for stalking.

    You have made me contemplate the collective unconscious of the blog world, John. It is something I have thought about before, but I must admit I am none the wiser now.

    Cum grano salis,


  • Jaitra Gillespie
    Posted at 11:07h, 23 May

    Thanks Alf, although aside from ‘Paint it Black,’ which has the distinction in my extended tour of music of introducing me to the sitar (old-timers may understand my little reference to the tv show ‘Tour of Duty’ there, of which it is the theme song)—which was something of a revelation to me in all sorts of ways, the Stones have never really taken. The Beatles maybe—although it has taken relative old-age for me to appreciate them—in my pride and ignorance of youth I hated anything made before 1984 for the longest while.

    And then there’s The Stone Roses…

  • Princess Haiku
    Posted at 18:48h, 23 May

    Hi John,
    Camille tagged me with the same post and I really enjoyed doing it. It’s a really good one and gets one thinking about the wonderful things you can encounter in people’s blogs. I am going to check out your suggestions.

  • Jaitra Gillespie
    Posted at 22:18h, 23 May

    Thanks Princess. This meme thing has yet to run it’s course, at least for me…

  • savannah
    Posted at 06:57h, 24 May

    great title, john! i have to agree with camille…6 months is probably all anyone can handle. always appreciate your tips to other sites…happy reading and here’s to drivebys ~wink~

  • Jaitra Gillespie
    Posted at 07:29h, 24 May

    Thanks for driving by Savanah. Appreciate being visited.

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