All Blogs Are Niche Blogs.

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My last blog (the one before this one) inspired several people to point out I had fallen off the Sarcasm Train.

I don’t mind saying that hurt.  Falling off a train almost always stings.

I pride myself on my ability to be sarcastic.  Without being too hateful (practice makes perfect).

Or maybe I’m hateful.  Whatever.  Makes me little difference.I Need Sarcasm, Like I Need Oxygen.

I’m here for my own amusement, not to entertain the people who should be focusing on their work instead of cruising the internet and reading my blog.

Maybe the last blog wasn’t sarcastic.  Maybe I was expanding my writing techniques.  Maybe I had a head cold.  Or maybe I just happened to be in a good mood that particular day.

Actually it was none of those.  I just took a day off from the sarcasm. 

Even Tiger Woods has a bad day once in a while (cocktail waitresses Tiger???… did you really expect them to keep a secret for the next 50 years considering you are 1 of the 10 most famous people in the world???).

Our friends at Wikipedia define sarcasm as a rhetorical device of using a characterization of something or someone in order to express contempt.

I almost feel giddy just typing it.

Education is ripe for this type of contempt.  There is always something or someone who needs slapped down in the educational world.

And I’m more than willing to do my part.

If nothing else, I’m a team player.

There is a problem with sarcasm though.  Most people don’t get it.  Many think it’s mean or stupid.

But I’m okay with that.

It makes me smile.  And by smile I mean roll my eyes.

There is an even larger problem.

I’m writing (?) for a  very finite group.

Readers tell me they don’t blog because no one would be interested in what they have to say.  I think this is dead wrong.  There are lots of crazy people who think just like they do (and they are out there… trust me).

All blogs are niche blogs.  Take mine for example (and it is for sale if anyone is interested).

You have all of the blogs in the world.  Get rid of the 99.42% that don’t deal with education.  Then take all of the educators in the world and get rid of the 99.42% who don’t read blogs.

Then lose the 98.37% of blog reading educators who don’t read this blog.

And then scrap the ones who hate sarcasm and think I’m an idiot (nearly 100%).

That’s how you come up with my readers.

Not a huge group.

Somewhere in the vicinity of .000000000027345% of people who have internet.

But lucky for me, it’s a loyal group.

On a monthly basis it’s thousands of people who have an interest in education, schools, teachers, students, administrators, technology, sarcasm, and evidently mediocre writing.

It’s quite obvious what they like.


And lot’s of it.

So I’m returning to my roots.

No more intelligent, thought-provoking blogs about parenting and the effects it has not only on schools, but our society.

I’m going back to the tried and true.

Anger, disgust, and contempt for all things that bother me.

And of course my love of Buddy the Dog

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6 Responses to “All Blogs Are Niche Blogs.”

  1. Daisy
    on Dec 5th, 2009
    @ 5:31 pm

    Educators who don’t read blogs? They don’t know what they’re missing. Really. And I don’t mean that sarcasticallly.

  2. Tom
    on Dec 5th, 2009
    @ 6:23 pm

    I feel privileged to be one of the .000000000027345% :-)

  3. Olwyn Hughes
    on Dec 5th, 2009
    @ 7:07 pm

    I may be one of the few who actually liked the last entry. Yes, it wasn’t sarcastic. Yes, it was more on a serious note (what with the link to Time magazine and all) but I thought it made for a nice change of pace. That said, glad you are back to the one liners that make me smile, roll my eyes and laugh all at the same time!

  4. Pam Franklin
    on Dec 6th, 2009
    @ 11:30 am

    Count me among the loyal, and I am not rolling my eyes. (Odd – I get accused of doing that quite often!)

  5. RB
    on Dec 6th, 2009
    @ 1:23 pm

    I think your blog gives us hope. Thanks.

  6. Marriedin79
    on Mar 7th, 2010
    @ 8:12 pm

    Someone told my son that being sarcastic was not a good thing (actually, it was something else, but I don’t remember … but it wasn’t good).

    I beg to differ. Having a sarcastic streak means that the sarcastor is intelligent and can think higher on the Bloom’s scale. The sarcastee, however, cannot think highly (well, maybe of him/herself).

    After all … there’s nothing more disappointing than unappreciated sarcasm.

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