January 13, 2006

Naturally, the Old Man Stopped by Today.

(No, I'm not in biker chick mode: I mean my father.)

He feels that the quality of my blogging has degenerated drasticallly since my Blogspot days, and that all this stuff about my uterus and whatever meds I'm on is not very interesting. He'd like me to 1) get back to writing about politics, and 2) be funny again.

I feel like Woody Allen, here.

Dad, thanks for your input. I'm afraid that I weigh the wishes of readers who stop in multiple times a week just a bit more heavily than parents who show up every few months whether they need to or not.

However, there is one dirty little secret in the world of media that you should probably know about: publishers generally outrank editors. In other words, the people who make business decisions have more clout than those who make creative decisions. This can create ruptures in the theoretical wall between advertising and editorial.

So at present, I'm doing what I like. Buy an ad or hit my tip jar, and your opinion will might become meaningful.


Sheesh. He is really one of the two Most Annoying People in the World.

Posted by Attila Girl at January 13, 2006 10:54 PM | TrackBack

I love my dad dearly, but when he started in with the editorial comments on my blog, I had to set him as firmly in his place as I could, while still remaining on good terms.

My blog. My thoughts. It's not for "show". It's who I am.

Posted by: Desert Cat at January 14, 2006 07:25 AM

Why would a uterus not be interesting? Just about every one of us has spent time in one.

I suspect his reaction is actually more like "Eww, icky girl stuff!" than he'd perhaps care to admit.

Posted by: CGHill at January 14, 2006 07:39 AM

Parents shouldn't know a blogger's web address. It's a lot like them hanging around when you are with your friends. Parents should only know how to turn a computer on and access their email account. That would be a good business idea for a new browser...Of course you can always put your site on the "restricted web sites" list on a MS OS....they'd never figure out how to get it off.

Posted by: Darrell at January 14, 2006 09:54 AM

Remember that piece from The Onion about a guy's mother discovering his blog? And, of course, right after he'd been blogging about buying dope? It was pretty funny.

But I shouldn't go off on him. Not even here. [Sigh.]

Posted by: Attila Girl at January 14, 2006 11:07 AM

It's all done with love...

Posted by: Darrell at January 14, 2006 12:43 PM

Whatever happen to "thy shalt honor thy father and thy mother" hmmmmm.

It is the duty of a parent to annoy their children.

okay, my 16 yr old daughter can at time annoy the crap outta me, then she brings home straight "A's" on her full load of AP classes...!;-})

Posted by: Marvin at January 16, 2006 02:08 PM

Oh, I'm aware that it's a commandment. I just wonder if God ran out of space, because I'm certain there were supposed to be some qualifiers on there, but the tablet wasn't large enough to hold them.


Posted by: Attila Girl at January 16, 2006 02:53 PM

Depends upon the meaning of the word "honor". I believe it is possible to honor one's parents without necessarily permitting them to meddle in your affairs once you're an adult.

I specifically do not believe that verse requires that one permit them to run roughshod over one's life, long after they should have let go.

And in the case of an abusive parent, the best way to honor them may in some cases be to put a whole lot of distance, both physical and if necessary emotional, between you and them.

Posted by: Desert Cat at January 16, 2006 11:05 PM

Oh, he's not abusive. Just silly sometimes, and often annoying. Amazingly insensitive on occasion.

He just caught me at a bad time; normally, it would slide right off me.

I realized recently that at this point either of my parents will pretty much put up with any shit I want to shovel at them, but if I spend the next 10-20 years shovelling shit, no one will be happy--including me.

So although I stand up to them when necessary, I try not to be mean about it, and I stay away from the constant "joking" put-downs I'm capable of throwing at my dad.

Neither my father nor my mother are unlimited resources, as my husband has been trying to point out to me for years.

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