One labors in journalism for years, exposing corruption, saving little old ladies from having their lawns repossessed and generally trying real hard to be meaningful.
What makes you famous? That one time you got just plain silly.
For example, several years ago I wrote a column about dirty air. The column was about how Utah’s air is filthy and we need to clean it up. Trying to be cute, I wrote what I thought was an ironic, and funny, headline: “Most doctors agree that breathing regularly is good for you.”
Next thing I know, Jay Leno is showing it on his show. Now, if you go to
see more Fail Blog
you can see it again.
This is a blog that shows people weird stuff, badly spelled signs and so forth. And there’s my column, and my smiling face. No mention of the corruption or the little old ladies. Just that silly headline which, sadly, seems to be all that anyone read.
Oh well. At least it ended up on the Internet, not under a parakeet like most of my stuff.
ON ANOTHER NOTE: I just got an email from a regular poster wondering why his comments to my blog posts were disappearing instead of posting. I wondered as well, since this commenter is not prone to using bad language, and I won’t block a post for much else.
I found his posts, along with a few others, in the spam filter. Few of the other posts in that basket looked like spam either, so we’re trying to figure out what’s up.
Until we do, thanks for commenting. I’ll check the basket and approve your stuff if it’s there.