Sunday, January 24, 2010

Blog-Off 2010, Round Four: Observational Humor


Welcome to Round Four of Blog-Off 2010!  This week's category is Observational Humor.  Each of our remaining bloggers will point out some absurdity from the world around us.

Pay our contestants a visit, then come back here and cast your vote over in the sidebar.

We're down to the Final Four, and this week we'll eliminate one more blogger.  Voting closes on Wednesday at 6:00 PM Pacific Time.

I'd like to encourage all of you who have been voting for blogs that have since been eliminated to keep coming back and voting for the remaining contestants.  Coming down to the end, it's still anyone's ballgame.

Here are the links to this week's entries:

365 Days of People
Blogged Down at the Moment
Life According to Candice
Too Many Mornings


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27 comments:

Nomad said...

that kid from 365daysofpeople is hilarious... he's got my vote...

Eva Gallant said...

These entries didn't measure up to the previous ones. But I did cast a vote.

otin said...

I voted!!!! Good luck peeps!

Mariann Simms said...

Eva - If I would have known, I would have held off posting my recent "Viagra" blog and submitted it here...but, that didn't happen (headache yesterday didn't help matters, either).

Plus I wanted to publicly acknowledge my teacher...it is true that one person can really make a difference in your life. Knucklehead's contest here made it possible for me to reach more people to let them know that. :)

Julie said...

I'm curious how a tribute to a teacher falls under observational humor or pointing out an absurdity among us???

Mariann Simms said...

I made a blog which incorporated the fact my love of watching The History Channel and other documentaries were instilled in me by my teacher's quirky teaching manners. Regardless of how they got there I have a love of history and documentaries. Nowadays these are both getting replaced with reality shows...and true interesting documentaries are few and far between. THAT was the gist of my observation...but there are also causative factors behind why one watches anything; my love of history was given to me by my History teacher (directly or indirectly responsible on his part)...I wanted to acknowledge him...there's always one person out there who can say or do something which imprints in someone's life that which was not there before. My love of documentaries were because of the wondrous ways he'd teach. I find it pertains completely. The absurdity you speak of is not his fault but the impetus...the spark...was there...he gave it to me. What I do with it has nothing more to do with the teacher at that point; the love is now IN me. Without him, I dare say, I wouldn't care what the History Channel is doing and what they are playing...but because of him...I do.
The "teacher" tribute was also a backstory to the blog...and was a secondary motive. The blog was about documentaries turning into reality shows. No one said I could not intertwine the two. Stories are seldom one-dimensional. This one wasn't.

AntKitty said...

In response to "Julie": perhaps if you actually READ the said blog you would have known. Duh! It was very humorous and enjoyable... unlike your post. :)

Hats off to ALL the contestants. You are all wonderful writers and this has been a very fun competition. I have been voting since the start and will continue to the end. Best of luck to everyone.

Allyson said...

I think the contest is a great idea, and i like reading all the posts.

Not gonna lie though a couple of the posts were really just plain boring... and im surprised they got so many votes, but who knows maybe thats what people like

casted my vote though..potty humor gets me everytime

Megan said...

If you have to explain how your post is observational humor in more than one sentence than maybe it doesn't fit the topic....just sayin

Mariann Simms said...

Megan - Wow...I was just trying to be helpful to the other reader. Sorry to have upset you.

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

Hey, everybody stop picking on my blogging buddy, Mariann! She made observations about her old teacher and observations about TV programs, so it seems observational enough to me. Of course, I was kicked in the head by a mule when I was 5, so maybe I'm not seeing things straight.

AntKitty said...

I find it totally humorous how the ones who are picking on Mariann don't have the guts to actually link anything to them as to identify who they are. They write their posts as just a name.

Cowards.

Easy to pick on someone when no one knows who you are, isn't it?

Nomad said...

whoa... blogging hostility... that is on dork-par with a fight breaking out at a star wars convention...

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...
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MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

I think people are missing the real story here. Has anyone else noticed that if you eliminate Candice, who's obviously cheating, that it's pretty much a three-way tie for first? Amazing!

Nanners said...

Not only are Mariann's blogs very funny but they are also informative...I really wish my history teacher would have gone above and beyond to where I might be interested in history...I'm not..but then again, there's the
Catholic teachings falling short again

Colleen said...

I don't get it. Mariann's blog really fit into the observational category, I don't see how anyone could think that it didn't. Unless they didn't understand the definition of observational:a judgment on or inference from what one has observed.

Stacie said...

Candice is clearly voting for herself over and over and over...o_O

The other three blogs are all great though clearly deserving the votes they've gotten. Good luck to all ya'll!

Chris@Knucklehead said...

Hi everyone. I'll be addressing some of this when I post the results tomorrow, but here's my two cents:

"Observational humor" is a pretty broad category. Mariann's focus was on History Channel-type shows and their degradation (so to speak). She used her history teacher as background, but that wasn't the main focus.

This contest has proven to have a few flaws, but the work of the bloggers in regard to content is a non-issue. They've all done a great job and deserve to be read and recognized. Unfortunately, as is the case with virtually everything that involves humans, a few individuals will focus on being negative rather than positive. I think it's a bad idea to give those folks any consideration whatsoever.

Candice said...

Yeah, Mike. I've voted for myself 75 times this round alone.

Sore loser much?

By the way Mariann, I love TLC, Discovery Channel, A&E etc as well. All thanks to my dear old dad. :)

Chris@Knucklehead said...

Mike, Candice, play nice, kids.

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

Although I am often sore and always a loser, I was just teasing you, Candice!

Please don't take offense. You do what you do well, and people love it, which is why you're way ahead in the voting and have been from the outset.

Although....I do keep hearing that you've threatened to pull the plug on your hospital patients' life support machines if they don't vote for you. I'm sure that's just an ugly rumor, though. ;)

Mariann Simms said...

All I can say - is that it indeed has been an honour to be part of this contest, and it's been a very fun experience...plus I got to "meet" some really great writers.

This idea of Knucklehead's was awesome...not unlike his writing.

In my opinion, everyone who has participated in this contest...by writing or READING here, has already won. Anyway you look at this, it is indeed a win-win situation. :)

Candice said...

Mike- I'm sorry if I was quick to take offense to your comment. I guess I'm a little touchy since I've been getting my own fair share of anon comments saying that I'm cheating in this competition.

By the way, I wouldn't hesitate to pull the plug. ;)

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

No worries.

At least you get hate mail. I've been longing for some serious hate mail for a long time now, but nothing I say generates enough honest feeling to get me hated. I think people sense that I'm a nice guy deep down, even if I try to fool them on the surface.

Nomad said...

i believe the children are our future.

Candice said...

Nomad- which is why we are completely screwed ;)

(treat them well with Jesus juice and let them lead the waaaaaay)

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