So, an article in the Boston Globe catches my eye. It’s entitled “The Voyeur Generation“.
It’s goes on to tell the tale of a young columnist for the Style section, who is annoyed that some girls are taking photos at his local breakfast joint. While he is TRYING to eat his waffles. Apparently, the twenty-somethings are taking photos to post on Facebook, for the benefit of a recently relocated friend. I actually thought that was kind of sweet.
Here was the line that struck me: “….a perfect storm of digital photography and social networking sites has turned us into photo exhibitionists, a nation of voyeurs…”
And I think, hmmm, I carry a camera around all the time to document things I think are cool. To post to my blog. For tens of people to read.
Do I do it to be a exhibitionist? I don’t really think so.
Here’s a thumbnail of of favorite jammies. I posted this sometime in May, when I thought they would be long packed away. Alas, they are still floating around, for those brisk fall days we routinely experience in July. Who in the Northeast can’t relate to this?? TMI? No.
Here is a photo of my colonscopy preparation. TMI? Well, maybe, but I think enough of us are going through them that reader’s can relate. And maybe it will make someone think about getting one.
Here is a wall of mustards at Whole Foods. I was writing about the President putting mustard on his burger. TMI? It’s my civic duty to point out how MUCH GOOD mustard can be be bought. It’s the best condiment ever.
On another note, I posted a tribute to my Dad on Father’s Day. It brought me the most touching emails and I hope it brought a smile to all the people that knew him. TMI? Not on your life.
Do I read other people’s blog to be a voyeur? Not really, I because I think my favorite blogs are the ones where people seem to have the same sensibilities and sense of humor that I think I have. They are places I go to have a laugh and occasionally share my thoughts and opinions. They are places that generally brighten my day.
There is BOSSY, blogger extrordinaire. Where else could we learn the most intriguing things in TEN WORD TUESDAY – THE HISTORY EDITION. Really, it’s the best. Voyeurs? No, we are all BFF’s at her Poverty Party.
There is AMAZING TRIPS, a talented writer who is the mother of triplets, and a little bonus surprise named Henry. She raises money for cancer, and was a childhood neighbor of mine. Voyeur? No, because I get to keep up with her amazing mother and siblings, just like I never left the hood.
There is Pioneer Woman. I have to admit, she makes me a little jealous, as I don’t think she sleeps, which gives her a leg up on the rest of us. I actually use a ton of the Photoshop Actions she has posted, and it saved me from having to tweak dozens of photos I took at a boring golf tournament. Plus her Asian Noodle Salad is really, really good.
So, in conclusion, do I really post to be a bag of chips and all that? I hope not, as I enjoy my blog outlet and hope a few people are entertained. And I think the rest of my kindred spirits write their blogs for the same reason.
OK, one last thing. I posted some photos of my recent New York trip in June to Flickr. This guy added me as a contact.
OK, what can I say? That was a kick!