Holy Motherfucking Shit!
THIS JUST IN!
From Blognigger’s site: This is the first post I’ve typed in over a year. When I started this site 1.5 years ago, I did it as a spot for venting
Holy Motherfucking Shit!
THIS JUST IN!
From Blognigger’s site:
“This is the first post I’ve typed in over a year. When I started this site 1.5 years ago, I did it as a spot for venting about park slope, the neighborhood I finally got priced out of almost a year ago.
I did it as an alternative to getting stomach cancer thinking about that shit.
After that, I had a few great months trying to write some comedy which I’ve always been a big fan of, etc – but I’m not a writer. I like ideas. I like thoughts, but when it comes to writing them down and organizing them it’s like mental push-ups and I can’t stand it. That’s why I have two chins, because i can’t stand the gym. I want to tell people what I want my abs to look like, and then have them do the sit-ups.
When it became clear the site was getting popular (and don’t get me started on the reasons I believe this happened) it was too much for me to handle by myself. I’m a software engineer, and I love ideas, but I spend all day slaving over text files – I don’t want to do that at home too. Still, popularity is popularity, and i admit it felt good to have people paying attention to my ideas.
At that point, I enlisted Benjamin to start helping me – he’s a much better writer than I am and has a bizarre desire to spend his time agonizing over prose. Most people were able to tell that there was a shift in tone amongst other things, and they let us know, but I couldn’t have given less of a shit.
In my opinion, being a “writer” is a somewhat bizarre thing to want to be – it’s like being a coder – I predict that the assemblege of sentences will eventually be shipped off to India the way source code is now. I wouldn’t trade places with Benjamin in a million years, despite his hot wife and writing ability. I am grateful to him for taking my ideas and experiences and giving them a voice that was beyond my reach – especially when it came to Obama’s election, which was a time I was truly grateful to have this site. I worked very closely with him and a few other contributors at that point, and it was deeply and personally important to me.
We decided to kill blognigger at that point, for a lot of the same reasons we are doing it now. IT was only something EXTREMELY materialistc that made us bring it back, which proves that no matter how authentic you think you are, you sell out when the time as right, at least I did. I’m not going to talk about it here, but this ressurection was all wrapped up in the idea of “book agents” and “platforms” – shit you need to have if you’re going to write a book in 2009.
We resurrected it like a disgusting damaged Frankenstein, and the BN “brand” picked up steam on SBTVC, and finally I guess on twitter, at which point other comedy guys got involved as well. I hate twitter and would never TWEET anything – it’s EXTRA gay.
Cutting to the chase, Benjamin doesn’t want to do this shit anymore and neither do I. He doesn’t need my ideas even though his aren’t as good. He’ll get there. maybe. The twitter guys are having a great time, but we’re still going to pull the plug on all of it.
Neither of us like what Blognigger has become – a shill and a brand and an excuse. Benjamin doesn’t like writing a character when he has technically has his own shit to write. He’s gonna get up some balls and write as himself, where he’ll hopefully be able to speak freely even though he’s not black. I don’t think he’ll have the balls to be completely honest, if I was white I wouldn’t either, but it will be fun to watch.
I’m not writing books because I’m not a writer. I’m writing software. If I do have something humorous to share, I can write it myself but it won’t be posted here because blognigger is dead. If Benjamin is writing books or a screenplay or whatever, he doesn’t need the BN brand or to write a played-the-fuck-out character to do it.
Oldschoolers, we had a great time together, newschoolers, hope ya had some fun, though I couldn’t really get into the part you were around for. Sorry to sound like you were going on tour with van hagar, but yeah.
We’re very psyched to get this done.
-Robert Dobbs Jr”
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