Blogging Interns: And Did Iron Man Wear Underwear?

When I started this blog, I thought it would be simple. 

I'd write a daily post, and then go about my life.

Wow, was I naive.

I am not sure when I understood that writing is only a part of blogging; that research, planning, promotion, responding to comments and questions, and then reading the insightful work of other bloggers were all important aspects of the blog process.

Before long, I realized that a blogger has to make decisions.

Am I able to recognize each comment with a personal message via email or on the blog?

How many blogs can I read daily?

What if I run out of stories about stupid things that I did?  What will I write about then?

Ok, I knew that my life is a unending spring of goofy stories, so the well running dry was never a serious consideration.   

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Somewhere along the way, I joked to the Mrs. that I needed an intern.

I sure could use an energetic young person to research and plan posts, alert me when content on other blogs was relevant to my interests, locate potential writing opportunities, etc.

The Mrs. reminded me of the famous Seinfeld episode involving do-nothing Kramer when he had secured the services of a student intern from New York University.

This episode is called The Voice, and here is an excerpt:

Scene: At Monk’s Cafe; Jerry, George and Intern Darren are seated--Kramer is on the way.

GEORGE: Well, Play Now is through playing. They turned the heat way up in my office. They tried to sweat me out.

JERRY: (Looking at Intern Darren) Do you have to write all this stuff down?

DARREN: Well, Mr. Kramer is in a meeting with Mr. Lohmase and he didn’t want to miss anything.

JERRY: So, how hot did it get?

GEORGE: I don’t know, 120, 130…Then they sent some guys to sandblast for 6 hours. Tomorrow they are putting in asbestos.

JERRY: I guess you can take anything, but actual work.

GEORGE: Bring it on!

(Kramer walks in)

GEORGE: (doing the voice) Hello-o-o-o Kramer!

JERRY: (doing the voice) Wel-l-l-c-o-m-e!

GEORGE: (doing the voice) La la la.

KRAMER: Sorry I couldn’t get out of there, what did I miss? (asking his "intern")

DARREN: Well, after ordering, Mr. Seinfeld and Mr. Costanza debated on whether or not Iron Man wore some sort under garment between his skin and his iron suit…

KRAMER: Uh huh…

GEORGE: (Interrupts) And I still say he’s naked under there!

JERRY: Oh that makes a lot of sense.

GEORGE: Oh, shut up!

DARREN: …Then Mr. Seinfeld went to the restroom, at which point Mr. Costanza scooped ice out of Mr. Seinfeld’s drink with his bare hands using it to wash up (Jerry is taking a sip of water and looking mad) then Mr. Costanza remarked to me, "This never happened." (Jerry then spits out the water).

(George is looking angry)
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I promise that I will not subject a blogging intern to discussions about whether Iron Man wore underwear or not...

37 comments:

Sister Copinherhair said...

Why don't you ask the Mrs. to help you?

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

I'm glad that you think my blog is "insightful work" especially when the topics include migraines, rocks and bee stings! A blogging intern is a fabulous idea!!!

Diane said...

I was totally looking for the Iron Man debate here...... bummed. :O)

I'm thinking in a couple years my kids can do some intern work on the side for me.

Elena said...

I think a blogging intern would work great for you if your blog was about nothing ;)

Jackie said...

LOL!!! I've been blogging for so long (almost 10 years... wowo i'm old) that I often forget how much hard work it is. It's sorta ingrained into my everyday life now.

But you're right it does take up alot of time....

I think we all need blogging interns!

xx
Jaxs

J. J. in Phila said...

A good blogger is a researcher.

I've often found that this is what takes the most time.

I have two blog entries in the box that have a total of 35 links.

Bob G. said...

SLamdunk:

Blogging is simple...if "simple" is what you're striving for.

I think you've got something a LOT better here (imho), and with all who comment daily, you MUST be doing something right.

I've also found that research, reading news sources, et al, fast become a part of blogging.
And there are some days I simply cannot get to read EVERYONE'S blog on my blog-roll.
I apologize to those I miss once in a while.
Every day each of us lives has it's own stories...and that is indeed a LOT of tales to tell.

You keep blogging - we'll keep reading...and learning.

Carry on.

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
I do think it takes a lot of time and research. Also we are all editors, making sure content stays consistent or in a particular mix. It's hard to get it right. Lately I have been on overdrive.

One solution would be to have multiple writers, but--the problem isn't sharing the writing space but the editorial sense, I think.

Anyway, I guess we'll do what we can!

Ann T.

Nathalie said...

Haha, such a good idea. I hope you give us an insight about the hiring process, haha.
*Nathalie

Dan said...

I find I get a lot of suggestions from the people who read the blog and then comment "live" in real life rather than on-line. One of the hazards of having more readers that know me locally that readers from the internet.

But if you find a way to get a good intern let me know. The interns I have had in real life tend to demand a huge amount of time and then just as they are becoming useful are gone. So maybe we are just stuck doing it the hard way. {*grin*}

Herding Cats said...

I could use an intern to help me out with life in general...sigh. Oh Seinfeld, how I miss thee!

Adie said...

A blogging intern is a brilliant idea! This is tough stuff. When I am driving I think of great things to right. As soon as I hear the first kid scream - my mind goes blank! Love the Seinfeld skit.

Momma Fargo said...

I feel your dilemna. You can only do what you can do. Unless you have an assistant....LOL. But knowing the cop mentality...can you let go of the control? :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha ha ha. I loved this! :-)

James (SeattleDad) said...

Hahahah. Excellent. I need a couple of interns here. Then I could rule the internet.

Suzanne said...

I started blogging because I needed to and I was posting 4-5 times a week. But like you I didn't understand everything that comes with keeping up a blog.

I sorta like the idea of having a few people on one blog or having help, but not right now.

Linz said...

And I now have energy drink up my nose due to laughing while drinking!

Thanks for your suggestion, by the way. I declare August my official half-birthday month. The bday gift storm may begin now! ;)

ooglebloops said...

Even something as simple as a Tea on Tuesday post takes research, or time, uploading pix, taking those pix, staging the area to take those same pix!!!! Before ya' know it - there goes the time!!! But writing for me,is an outlet- I put in a "counter" on my blog, because I know not everyone can comment on every blog post- I know I can't- altho I try (more time spent on the computer!)So, at least I know people have dropped by, and all my writing is not totally in vain!!LOL Keep on posting (intern or not)and we'll keep on reading (comment or not!):>)

WomanHonorThyself said...

heh good one bro!..Yea quit yer day job and life ..thats what bloggin will make ya do...............eventually..ha

My Owl Barn said...

I am so glad to have found your blog. It's so good to know that there are others who share your opinion and going through what you are going through on daily basis. It always intrigues me to read how and why people started to blog in the place.

Hilary said...

It could be worse. You could have a blog about nothing. Absolutely nothing! ;)

Chappy said...

I totally agree! It's hard to keep coming up with content, and sometimes you feel like your voice gets annoying after hearing it over and over! Keep it up and good luck finding that intern haha!

Judson said...

Hilarious stuff. I totally understand what you're saying. Great blog!

Judson

PS: Thanks for visiting and commenting. I'll read you often, but I promise I won't call you on the phone. :-)

Creepy Query Girl said...

I hear ya. I think its all about balance. I love blogging and keeping up with the community but I also have a lot of other responsabilities. Kids, work, and actual writing and querying. I just would do what you feel comfortable with. Everyone is in the same boat and we all get it.

Theresa Milstein said...

I forgot about that Seinfeld episode. I'm laughing!

Yes, blogging is a lot of work. Sometimes it's too much work. Sometimes I don't know how I'd go on writing without my blogging community.

An intern... hmm....

Candice said...

It's so funny how you can actually feel obligated to blog. When I haven't posed in days, but see that my people are still checking my blog...i feel guilty. I also feel bad when I read blogs, but don't have time to comment. Who knew something so simple could demand so much attention??

BobKat said...

Thank you SD. I never watched the show, but your intro about you I found very helpful.

As you know, my job and commute, I have 3 hours a night to work on whatever - I've had to downsize my projects and ambitions, but I do try to find time every night for my blog. I think an "intern" is not practical for a blogger. The whole spirit of a blog is that it's yours. And I'm finding, the people I know with blogs take them seriously, in that, it's a practical means of expressing oneself, anonymous and devoted. Your own author, writer, poet, scholar, ranter... it's mental exercise...

Liked the post. Thanks...

SuziCate said...

Ha...no idea about bloggin guntil after taking the plunge! Love those S reruns, Kramer was a trip; they all were!

terri said...

I know how you feel. For a period of time I was able to keep up with blogging daily, reading many, many blogs daily, and enjoyed a high number of comments on my posts.

Then life just got busier and busier and the blogging part of my life subsided a bit. Now I find it hard to keep up with reading all the blogs I enjoy. The other day I was thinking, "Maybe I should narrow things down a bit." I started thinking about which blogs I wanted to continue reading regularly and realized I couldn't pare anyone of my list of favorites. So I guess I just continue as best I can... sporadically.

Anastasia said...

I would think the suit would chaf considerably without underwear.

Rhiannon Nicole said...

I think I may too need an intern haha I don't think people realize how much work blogging truly can be. The only time I ever feel like I have failed at my blog is when I don't have the time to get around to everyone else! it's a tough battle but you gotta find your happy medium :) I think you are doing fabulous!!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

I think I may too need an intern haha I don't think people realize how much work blogging truly can be. The only time I ever feel like I have failed at my blog is when I don't have the time to get around to everyone else! it's a tough battle but you gotta find your happy medium :) I think you are doing fabulous!!

Rose said...

I would like to apply for the job of blogging intern. How much does it pay? lol

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Miss Caitlin S. said...

HAHAHHAHA, the voice is my favorite Seinfeld episode, no joke!!! I love it when he picks the voice over his girlfriend and of course Kramer did come up with the hair-brained intern idea, haha. (actually, between that and the India episode!). And yeah, the blog sometimes takes a really long time, huh? I feel you on that! Can the Mrs. help you? Or is this blog all you?

ocmist said...

Yes... It definitely IS harder than you would originally think! You are doing a pretty good job though! I sometimes have my son do some of the pics or photoshopping for me if we are making up a story, and he gives me ideas at times, too. I'm lucky that way :)

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