A kitty cat epiphany that explains everything in two words

A year ago I didn’t feel like blogging very much. Further photo blog methodology analysis followed. I was happy with my photos, but needed a break from the online photography world. Then more digging into the why blog question. I wrote a post that generated a lot of reactions. Then I gave myself permission to shoot more and write less. The existential questions didn’t stop, but I felt better.

On December 10th, 2008 a kitty cat epiphany occurred that explains everything about posting content to the Internet in two words: DATS ME!!!!

Dats Me!!!!

This has nothing to do with Lacan’s mirror phase. Or maybe everything. I’m not sure. Previously I thought this quote from Jonathan Lethem’s You Don’t Love Me Yet was a succinct explanation of the why blog question: “”I want what we all want,” said Carl. “To move certain parts of the interior of myself into the exterior world, to see if they can be embraced.”" But really, the cat said it best.

10 thoughts on “A kitty cat epiphany that explains everything in two words

  1. Joe, this was a fun trip. I never know what you’re looking for, but what the heck.

    As for your epiphany – I guess that’s about the extent of our motivation, isn’t it? We simply want people to hear us, pay attention, and love us. “Enough about you, let me tell you about ME.”

    Several years ago co-workers and I came up w/ the idea for the LOOK @ ME line of clothing. In this age of social networking, I think it’s even more appropriate than ever.

  2. Hi Kent – That’s hilarious. I’m sure LOOK @ ME would be a success in this day and age. Seems to make a great mantra for the social networking sites as well.

    While marketing online is necessary for business, sometimes the methodology, volume and frequency of personal LOOK @ ME attempts can get ridiculous. For those who are doin’ it right, I guess this is the relevant LOL cat:

  3. A couple reasons I started my blog was to have a place for improving my writing and an easy way to upload and display photos; my website being a PITA to update and maintain. Before getting mine of the ground I was wondering if I’d lose interest within a few weeks, knowing that doing anything long-term is a chore when bailing from loss of interest is so easy. It has now been going on for five months. Turns out it is something I enjoy. It’s caused me to shoot more – a LOT more; going in a couple of new directions. That’s been good.

    So, with respect to your epiphany, for me no. Nope, no way Jose… Now pardon me, I have to go analyze my blog stats to see how many times my stuff was looked at during the last hour.

  4. Having a chronological record of your photographic activities is certainly a good motivator to blog and a useful analysis tool. And writing can lead to ideas and inspiration that wouldn’t happen otherwise. All good things. And there’s nothing wrong with a certain amount of DATS ME!

  5. “Having a chronological record of your photographic activities is certainly a good motivator to blog and a useful analysis tool. And writing can lead to ideas and inspiration that wouldn’t happen otherwise. All good things. And there’s nothing wrong with a certain amount of DATS ME!”

    Joe, I think that sums it up well, at least for me anyway. Since I’ve started my blog, I’ve put forth extra effort to write things and post interesting stuff (not always photography). I don’t know who reads mine (mostly family and a few friends, I think), but I always enjoy someone bringing up a subject from one of my old posts at a gathering. It can lead to a good conversation or a good laugh.

    In the online photography world, there’s loads of “look at me, look at me!!!” going on. You post a few photos on some forum and then approximately 10 seconds later your post is buried under 20 new posts by others (often posting their own photos in your thread). You announce your blog somewhere new and then there’s 80 replies of just the same from other people. Sometimes it’s amazing that anything gets looked at.

    I’m a little ashamed at my “look at me” attitude sometimes. I want people to look at my photos and read what I write. But I also really want them to get something meaningful out of it or at least strike up a conversation.

    BTW, the icanhascheezburger.com site is pretty funny. LOL cat is kewl.

  6. Joe
    I still think about your post “Going deeper may require more abstract excursions.” I still feel like you punched me in the face with that one, and I still have not risen to the occasion. Good reminder. You kind of touched on this in your original post, but I think it needs to be said that most blogs (mine included) only scratch the surface. It really does require some serious effort to write something thoughtful about photography and putting it into historical context with references and links, etc… This to me would be digging deep, and better than just a “DAS ME” kind of post.

    Again, thanks for the reminder. I really enjoy your images with story telling quotes. Mixed with humor and thought.

  7. JW – I wasn’t trying to punch anyone in the face. Blogs can be whatever we want them to be. No pressure. Glad you dig the galleries!

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