The dishevelled young man stood up and looked around the room at the circle of - oddly pathetic - faces. With shaking hands and a quivering voice, he said
Hello. My name is TimT, and I blog.
There was a cough.
Someone cleared their throat.
That's alright, Tim called someone from the other side of the room. You've taken the first step.
Yeah, called someone else. We're all bloggers here. We support you!
Oh, said TimT. It all started so innocently. A quick browse on the net now and then - a scroll through the regular links. But then I got my own blog, and it got out of hand.
He looked up, nervously. Then, as if encouraged, somehow, by what he saw, he continued.
I started browsing on other people's blogs more and more often. I became a regular.... after all, I knew if I surrounded myself with others like me, then I wouldn't feel so ... so .... so ... guilty.
It started doing strange things to my interpersonal skills. Like, for no reason at all, I'd start saying things like .... like ":-)" and ":-(" in conversation.
":-0" gasped someone in the audience. How did you do that?
I don't know, I said. I really don't. But that's not the only thing I did. I started - at completely random moments - leaving links to completely meaningless websites!
And then I started using acronyms... like ...
LOL! shouted someone.
WTF! yelled another.
BBQ! ROTFLMAO! hollered a third.
What does that even mean?, I said.
Nobody knows! said someone from the back of the room.
It gets so bad, I sobbed, that I even get an urge to blog this ... right now...and ...
There was a sudden silence. Then, from the up the back of the room, there was a soft tap....tap.... taptap....
Everyone swung around and peered into the corner of the room from where the noise was coming.
There, in the dark corner, sat a small balding man in glasses, blogging the proceedings on his computer. Completely oblivious to everyone's eyes - all turned upon him.
And Tim was starting to get that urge again...
Tim, your links stink, you fink!
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- Jazzy Hands
- David of Metal City
- David the Barista
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- Be an Opinion Dominion Minion!
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- His brilliant career - from whale sushi to crumbed prawn
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