Monday, May 28, 2007

My blog is a smorgasbord, come and eat...


Charlene at Essential Keystrokes asked, "How do you explain blogging to your Mom?", which then sparked a group writing project called, "The Metaphor Project: What’s Your Blogging Metaphor?" at The Successful-Blog.

I recently explained blogging to my mother (Hi, Mom!), so it seems fitting to participate in this project.

I see blogging as an enormous buffet table, or smorgasbord. There are many different types of dishes: appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. Each blogger puts out a dish, refilling it as resources allow. (I guess the porn sites would be like an open bar?)

Compelling, original content is a nutritious, well-executed treat.

Many dishes are made from creatively re-using leftovers. To some this is cheating, but others don't mind the source of the dish, as long as it has an appealing look and taste.

There are some whose offerings are straight from a cookbook, others have an artistic and spontaneous approach.

A few casseroles appear home-made, but are really from a mix. Buying a cake at the local bakery and passing it off as yours (content scraping) is illegal, but some still do it.

A little bit of CSS-garnish around the edges of bowl, makes the offered food much more appealing. No amount of kale will disguise spoiled food.

A chef might offer SPAM, and customers might put it on their plates, a few might eat it, but none enjoy the experience.

It is possible to gorge oneself, overfilling a plate with RSS feeds. Just as with an all-you-can-eat-buffet, I have a tendency for my eyes to be bigger than my google-reader's stomach.

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Blogging allows us to choose different cuisines, yet sit together at the same table and share the meal.

This was fun, but somehow it is making me hungry.... Bon Appetit!

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ME Strauss said...

Hi! What a welcoming metaphor for your blog and how easy it is to become a part of! As I read down through your other posts, I can see how the metaphor that you chose truly represents you and your blog.

It's delicious. Thank you for being part.
Liz

Bob said...

This is a great analogy! Thanks for sharing it!

Dawud Miracle said...

Yes, oh yes. I'm really digging your metaphor. Had to stop reading to begin commenting I'm enjoying it so much.

It's so possible to gorge oneself in the blogosphere. I recently posted on how Scoble looks at 600 feeds each day. Crazy, huh?

Juggling Frogs said...

The metaphor project was so much fun! Thank you, Liz, for creating and organizing it.

@Dawud: 600 feeds!??! I'm overwhelmed just typing that! I have trouble when there are 600 posts in my reader. This needs a MUCH bigger monitor than my 15-inch one, I think. 600 feeds, oh my!

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BadCluster said...

Thanks for sharing it!

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