Thursday, February 05, 2009

Why You Won't Be Reading 25 Random Things About Me

There's this trend flying around Facebook where you author 25 random tidbits about yourself and then tag others to do the same:

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you!

I've now been tagged by a bunch of different people from completely different walks of life (ahh, the power of viral marketing), so it seemed like the responsible thing to do was to write up my own 25 random things.

But, after thinking it through, I've decided, it isn't going to happen. Don't get me wrong, reading these 25 things about friends has been wonderfully fun. And I certainly don't want to be a party pooper. But...

First, I've got this blog where you can learn waaaaaaaaay more than you ever wanted to know about me. I mean, religious and political views, rants about technology, photos, heck even romance tips. Geesh, if I told you anymore about me, you'd be sick of me already.

Second, I like to blog (which shows up on Facebook as notes, for those reading this there) because it's fun, and often cathartic. When it becomes hard, forget it, I'll focus my energy elsewhere. That's one of the reasons that blog posts bounce from topic to topic. Who wants to try to be the authority on just one area? This is fun, not work.

If I really did want to write up 25 random things, I'd spend days, if not weeks dwelling over exactly what to put in there. Then, once I had the list figured out, I'd need to figure out who to tag. I mean, who do I want to learn more about, and wouldn't want to bother? I get stressed out just thinking about it.

So, if you tagged me - thanks. I really enjoyed reading your 25 random items. And apparently, I take these things way too seriously to respond back appropriately.

Update: Apparently I'm not the only one who's seeing this 25 Random Thing Trend and has something to say about it - Time just published 25 Things I Didn't Want to Know About You. Though, it's interesting to note they think the 25 Random shtick is "more stupid than Twitter," I just think it's too much work.

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