Thankfully, Get off my internets has never heard of our tiny blog. Why? Because we hit a lot of their pet peeves…
Like, refusing to apologize for being awesome. We think women do far too much of that these days, and even if overt self-confidence means powerful women are less liked (in myriad psychology studies), they still get more respect. Sometimes fortune (and getting #$#@ done) is more important than being liked.
We occasionally tell people that if they don’t like what they read here they can just stop reading– it’s not like we’re getting paid to do this.
One of us has children(!) And her family life is perfect! That can’t be real… can it? (It can, though DC2 still occasionally bites even though now ze uses hir words first, and age 7 is still occasionally a bit obnoxious. Other than that, we’re great.)
That said, when you’re feeling seriously grumpy and you want to read about people saying horrible hilarious things about people you don’t know and have never heard of, reading the GOMI forums is a great place to blow off steam. I prefer the general topics (“What’s up with all the ‘soul’ stuff on mothering blogs”) to making fun of a specific blog… those can get pretty depressing. And they’ve got some good taste… the first blog they mentioned that I recognized was wandering scientist and it was someone saying that it was a great example of a SOMI (stay on my internet?) working mother blog. We agree!
We’re just really glad they don’t have a sub-forum on academic blogs.
Do you like reading schadenfreude/hate blogs and/or forums? Do you still feel dirty for reading if you have no idea who people are making fun of? And what are your blogging pet peeves?