Gershwin Teaches Me to Blog

11 Nov

Cyberquill says that I can’t expect people to read every word I write.

Even if I write very few, I guess.

He tells me that on-line readers pay attention to the first few sentences, and then they skim the rest of the post.

OK, then.

I’ve written you a post
A beautiful routine.
(I hope you like it.)

My technique can’t be wrong
I learned it from the screen.
(I hope you like it.)

I studied all the themes that all the bloggers ply;
Then just for you I give this text a try:

Blah, blah, blah, can’t stand,
Blah, blah, blah at all.
Blah, blah, blah, blah Rand,
Blan, blah, blah, blah Paul.

Tra la la la,
Tra la la la la
Sarah’s here to stay:
Tra la la la,
Tra la la la la,
Cure you of ‘the gay’.

Blah, blah, blah Glenn Beck,
Blah, blah, blah blah Bill:
Blah, blah, blah, blah dreck
Blah, blah, baby drill.

Tra la la la,
Tra la la la la
Tea Party blues,
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
All on Fox News.

My own (garage band) version soon to come.

16 Responses to “Gershwin Teaches Me to Blog”

  1. Iden November 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    my favorite yet actually yay

    • jenny November 12, 2010 at 6:21 am #

      Sweet. Thanks. To celebrate, I think I’ll stop by the Casa del Myaso in the next few days. 🙂

  2. dafna November 12, 2010 at 12:16 am #

    iden i must agree. nearly fell of my chair laughing 😉

    dibbs on the drums for the garage band version.

    oh damn, that’s what i get for skimming,
    blah, blah, blah there’s no percussion part.

    • jenny November 12, 2010 at 6:22 am #

      We can have a percussion part, Dafna. Why not? It’s all yours.

  3. Cyberquill November 12, 2010 at 1:08 am #

    Tea Party Blues, all on Fox News. Very cute.

    I was referring to an online eye-tracking study done by a media analyst named Jakob Nielsen which showed that—unlike reading a page in a book, where our eyes tend to follow every line pretty much uniformly from left to right and then move to the next line—online reading features the so-called “F-shape,” meaning our eyes tend to go across the first few lines in an article and then only hit on the first two or three words going down the left-hand column, which, of course, reduces our absorption of whatever nuances the author may have desired to convey.

    • jenny November 12, 2010 at 6:24 am #

      I took a speed-reading course and finished “War and Peace” in just a couple of hours.

      It’s about Russia.

      woody allen

  4. Paul Costopoulos November 12, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Some specialists really have too much spare time on their hands. F shape reading, really?

    • Cyberquill November 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

      I believe our bored specialists are on the right track, although I’m not so sure about the F-shape. For instance, what appears to have prompted this post was my missing the message-altering import of a strategically positioned “yeah” in one of Jenny’s responses. The thing is, the “yeah” in question happened to be the first word in the line, so if my skimming were truly F-shaped, I shouldn’t have missed it.

      Therefore, I suspect that while the majority of online readers may be F-skimmers, a minority, myself included, are S-skimmers.

  5. carrah November 12, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    I was feeling pretty glum this morning til I read this post. I had to laugh, and the music was great, blah, blah, blah, THANKS!

  6. Chris November 12, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Omigod, I love you. And, of course, Mr. Gershwin. So wonderful….

  7. Geraldine November 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Jenny, how lovely. I never know what to expect when I visit your blog. You have no pattern, that I can perceive, as yet.

    Gershwin, delightfully unexpected! Merci bien.

  8. jenny November 13, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Thanks, guys, for stopping by. ‘S wonderful! ‘S marvelous!


  9. mr. crotchety November 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    yada yada yada
    (lookit me)

    • jenny November 16, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

      Mr. C, you haven’t yet heard the promising B-side of this record, also a Gershwin favorite. I’ve dedicated it to you.

      It’s called: “Someone to make fun of me”


  10. Hieronymo November 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    And yet this somehow did a better job of addressing the affairs of contemporary politics than mainstream newsites manage to do (and without the obvious slant).

    • jenny November 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

      “..without the obvious slant” especially pleases me. I had hoped, with this little exercise, to make fun of the folks I tend to criticize AND my own predictability in doing so.


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