I recently saw the Woody Allen movie “Midnight In Paris”. Owen Wilson plays a modern writer who visits Paris and steps through time to the 1920s. He becomes friends with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Cole Porter and F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you saw the movie, did you also notice Myron Overglub? He was the nondescript guy sitting at the table with the luminaries. He didn’t really have any lines because he just basked in the reflected glory of his more talented friends.
I can relate.
I slave and agonize over a post. I hit publish and then sit back and wait for the response. Sometimes, in the back of my mind I think. “That was pretty good. Kinda clever. Moderately engaging in a semi-witty kind of way. Maybe the WP gods will like it. Maybe today…Freshly Pressed?”
People give me a read. Friends pop by for a chat. I duck out to read other blogs. I read and I watch. I banter and I read.
It slowly dawns on me. It is a moment of revelation a year and a half in the making.
There’s no way in friggin’ hell this post is going to get Freshly Pressed. Oh, sure, it’s ok, but it does not exist in a WordPress vacuum. It has to go head to head, mano a mano against all of you. The basic problem is this:
There are too damn many talented people on here.
It seems half of them are bloggy friends of mine.
Curse you, talented bloggers! Why oh why must the funny erupt from your cherry-red lips like milk when someone tells a fart joke in the cafeteria?
How can you find the exactly perfect picture to express your thoughts, pluck it out of the billions of bits and bytes floating around the interwebz, and then place it gently (like the jewel it is) in the golden setting of your exquisite prose?
I’m not going to name names; you know who you are. Everyone else, just read what I read. Go where I go. Follow my commenters back to their blogs and luxuriate in their awesome talentedness. Then join me in trudging home to wallow in the mediocrity of Myron Overglubedness.
To all my uber-talented bloggy friends I say; thank you, THANK YOU, for providing us with world-class entertainment. Now knock it off.