Friday, 30 July 2010


If metafiction is fiction about fiction, and metatheory is theorising about theorising, then I guess blogging about blogging must be metablogging. And I'll be honest with you - I'm not a big fan. I think it's boring. It makes me yawn. When I see in my google reader that a post is essentially about the act of blogging rather than, you know, ANYTHING else, anything at ALL, I pretty much fall over onto my keyboard, stabbed through the heart with the ice pick of boredom*. And it seems I'm not the only one - I just googled 'metablogging' to see if it was a real word and the first page of google is basically people saying: enough already with the metablogging! Including, hilariously, someone from 2005 saying surely it's over by NOW, people?

And yet here I am, about to do some of it myself. All I want to do is apologise for the stupidity with the comments system lately. My intentions were good, honestly. All I was trying to do was get a system in place that would allow me (and others) to reply to individual comments. I feel really bad that I don't do this more - people say nice, or thoughtful, or thought-provoking things (sometimes all three!) and I want to engage in conversation but blogger's native comments system feels too linear to really let us do that.

So I tried the intensedebate thing, and it sort of worked, except for the small issue that there wasn't actually a link to the comments from the main page. Minor problem, folks. I contacted the tech people, and they were very nice, but it's been weeks now and it's still not fixed so I have got sick of waiting and deleted the whole thing from my system. I saved the intensedebate comments to my computer, planning to paste them into blogger's commenting system. However, old posts don't come up with a space for comments, unless the commenting option was turned on at the time when they were published. Which they weren't because I was trying intensedebate. Sigh.

So anyway, it's all back to normal now I hope. Apologies for blogging about the blog, but I wanted to explain why all your comments have disappeared. I'm really sorry about that (and also a little skeeved at the intensedebate people for taking so long with the tech support, if I'm going to be totally honest, because I thought we were going to be good together).

So, I think that's my metablogging quota used up for the year. I'm just left with one gnawing question. What on earth did they sell at a shop we saw in Addis called METAFURNITURE?

*Am I imagining it, or do I sound today like I've had one too many glasses of wine? I haven't, honestly.


  1. That's good, I'm glad you are working something out. For some reason intense debate would not accept my comments here, so I could read your blog but not comment. I hate that!

  2. I cannot tell you how long it took me to sort out the word "intensedebate." I kept reading it over & over in my mind with different stresses: in-ten-SED-abate? In-ten-sa-da-bah-tay? Wow. More coffee...

  3. I want to meet you in person. I have a feeling you'd make me laugh for hours. I love the way you write!


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