Sunday, May 15, 2005

Taking stock

After some thought, I've decided to post on a semi-regular basis this summer, instead of daily as has always been the case. Most of it is because I won't have regular internet access (you heard what the Office of Career Services said about viewing porn on the client's time). Some of it is that there is only so much to say and it's probably been pretty obvious that I haven't had much insightful to say lately.

But this blog shall roll on! I want to hear from you about where this blog has been and where it should go. I know what the regular commenters think. I want to hear from those of you who have never posted. Whether you think this is a pointless blog or you find yourself agreeing with everything I've ever said, I want to hear from you.

Do you like it when I am worldly in my views, or when I stick closer to the law school experience? (I'm only a law student, what do people care what I think about politics?) Have I shown myself to be a political hack artist? Did I tend to ramble about the superficial? Have I made a fool of myself? What about the guest bloggers? Spare no feelings!

I've tried to keep things on the lighter side, harkening back to Abraham Lincoln's appreciation of the comic. I don't know if I've always succeeded, but I like to think that I exposed a some buffoonery along the way.

17 Comments:

Blogger The Critics said...

" I know what the regular commenters think."

Great, ignoring the regular commentors. What's the point of posting here, if not to be acknowledged?

5/15/2005 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog from home, POYS.


- Your Mother

5/15/2005 09:40:00 PM  
Blogger Ha ha hit him again said...

Why don't we spend the $45 monthly for a little Time Warner cable hook up???

5/16/2005 12:55:00 AM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

i would like to see a biweekly feature on lottery numbers to play.

5/16/2005 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

response to entry:
i don't care for your law school entries. i am not sure if i am just self-centered or just think lawyers are douchebags in general. maybe a combonation of the two.

you are a political hack. you are a product of the media (meaning whatever they tell you to believe you usually believe).

sling is the worst guest blogger ever and hit him again talks about issues no one gives a ____ about. great job selecting those two.

you exposed nothing new along the way. honestly, everything you said (minus the whole jewish opression movement blabbity bla sometime ago) i have heard or read before.

5/16/2005 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with bum from jersey. I think I will stop reading this pointless blog. This blog is no different than one maintained by a grade-school student who posts everyday.

5/16/2005 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I laugh reading bumfromjersey's comment and the anonymous comment that followed it. Bum is one of poys's loyal readers and despite what Bum's aformentioned criticism, he still reads!

I'm willing to give this blog a chance. Blogs take time to grow. Readership takes time to grow. Jeremy Blachman didn't become a "household" name overnight. He had to start somewhere. And despite the J's heavy readership, his entries still occasionally suck.

Again, I'm willing to wait for POYS to grow as a blogger (or perhaps there is no wait, perhaps POYS is a decent blogger already).

If you want guaranteed blog quality-reading, I suggest paying Darth Vader's blog a visit. I won't post the link cause then POYS will give me crap for diverting away his readers.

Also, I openly challenge the previous anonymous commenter to show the link to his blog so that we can fairly determine whether he knows the difference between quality writing and that of grade-school student. (That's assuming of course that a grade-school student is a shitty writer).


- Admiral Piett

(yea, always sucking up to Vader)

5/16/2005 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Additionally, I have to praise POYS for having the willingness to open the floor. He's open to hearing comments, criticism both positive and negative. I'm willing to guess that he's appreciative of commenters' willingness to not pull punches.

If anything, POYS.com offers an opportunity for open discussion. I think it's through continuous trial and error, that this venue will improve if it has to at all.


- Admiral Ozzel

(this is, of course, prior to my getting my trachea crushed and getting replaced by that brown-noser Piett).

5/16/2005 06:06:00 PM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

Anonymous said:
Jeremy Blachman didn't become a "household" name overnight.

who? yeah, with a comment like that i would remain anonymous too. plus, i don't think you can put enough quotes around household to make that a valid assertion.

also - didn't say the blog sucked (minus sling's last post), i just argued its originality of thought.

5/17/2005 01:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blachman's readership numbers in the tens of thousands. poys in the hundreds.

bumfromjersey? i can count three. bum himself. poys on occasion. and once in a blue moon, me.


- About as Anonymous as a Bum From Jersey

5/17/2005 02:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've noticed that this blog consists mainly of pointless posts that serve no purpose. The typical post is
1) unnewsworthy
2) useless complaining
3) moot points
The typical comment is
1) unsubstantial and meaningless
2) "black-gangsta-ghetto" talk
3) insulting

What do you hope to accomplish?

5/17/2005 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

Anonymous said:
The typical comment is
1) unsubstantial and meaningless
2) "black-gangsta-ghetto" talk
3) insulting


word g! lol

5/17/2005 02:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny. Bumfromjersey is the whitest black guy I know.

I've on occasion been told by others that I'm the blackest white guy they've ever met.


- Doctor of Thuganomics

5/17/2005 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger putonyourspecs said...

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts about the blog. Criticism is more helpful if it is specific. Telling me the blog is “pointless” or “unoriginal” tells me nothing; linking to specific posts is far more illuminating. I think that my commenters have gotten undeserved flak. If you think what they post is trivial, then I invite you to post more substantive comments that may spark real debate.

It’s a good question what I hope to achieve with this blog. Part of the difficulty is that I am not sure who my readers are and how much they know. On the one hand, I worry that if I just discuss the latest legal development, readers who are not law students or lawyers will not understand. On the other hand, if I explain too much, readers will think me condescending and the posts too long to read. Finding the right balance has been tricky and I don’t think I’ve found it yet.

I also invite suggestions as to blog topics. I get my ideas from the leading stories of the day; this is perhaps why “bum from jersey” thinks my posts unoriginal. What I’ve tried to do is offer a different way of thinking about the issues of the day, mainly by pointing out the comic futility of it all. But yes, it’s hard to say something new when there are hordes of bloggers out there all blogging about the same things.

As always, I want to hear from you in our quest to fulfill Lincoln’s comic insight that all politics is both profound and trivial (so even when readers criticize POYS for being pointless, that is in its strange way, a compliment).

5/17/2005 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

putonyourspecs said:
I get my ideas from the leading stories of the day; this is perhaps why “bum from jersey” thinks my posts unoriginal.

not really. if you turn on any sunday morning talk show or probably any of the 24 hour "news" networks, your opinions can be found...or in other words, they are unoriginal. its why i can post to your blog on a daily basis...i have already have an opinion formed because i know how you are going to react because i saw joe liberal react to it the day before.

anonymous said:
Funny. Bumfromjersey is the whitest black guy I know.

I've on occasion been told by others that I'm the blackest white guy they've ever met.


- Doctor of Thuganomics


1. you don't know me and if i am fortunate, i will never know you.

2. you can't see me!

5/18/2005 12:02:00 AM  
Blogger putonyourspecs said...

I'd like to respond to the latest comment from bum from jersey. If everything I say has already been said on some news channel, then why has he sometimes had difficulty coming up with fully informed responses to some of my posts? For example, I have not heard much from him about the filibuster even though I've posted many times about it and news analysts have been talking about it for some news cycles now. Once he claimed that he knew very little about the filibuster, and it's possible that he has no interest in this subject. But if he read my posts carefully, he would observe that my comments are not those of "Joe Liberal" because I criticize the talking points put forward by both sides.

5/18/2005 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

since you have kept track of what the bum has said, you would also know that i have claimed myself to be an idiot. i don't give informed responses for three reasons:
1. you just don't think they are informed when they actually are
2. as seen by my grammar and poor spelling i just don't put forth the effort to make a complete and informed post on a daily basis
3. when an issue has been oversaturated in the news, my interest quickly dwindles. my opinions are unique and once i start to hear my beliefs said all over the place, instead of reiterating them i just choose to assume you already know them. yes, that is lazy but i am a bum.

also, i am usually aware of an issue. i didn't say i did not know anything about the filibuster either. if you reread that comment - my question was what was the background of it. i know and knew what it was, and why it was used, i just wanted some background information on how it came into play. the other times you mentioned the filibuster (which i can count on one hand), i didn't comment because you argued the legality of it. as i said in an earlier comment - law school entries bore me (and yes i am aware of this is a law school students blog but nevertheless...) so i am just not going to comment.

and your posts are joe liberal. just because you mention the other sides viewpoint doesn't mean you argue on both sides, especially when you slam the opposing sides point in a following argument.

5/19/2005 06:01:00 AM  

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