Monday, January 15, 2007


CCCCorny "Blog"

The Blogora's Jim Aune writes of joining the CCCC, and in doing so, he refers to a blog "they've" started, aptly titled CCCC. I saw Jim's entry yesterday and hurried across the a-href to see the blog to which he referred.

It is, uh, something to see?

The 14+ subscription buttons are especially peculiar, considering that the blog sports just two entries--one from September and one from October, perfectly timed for the NCTE Convention, I suppose. And in November, it appears to have given out--kaput. I don't know what to make of it. It's the sort of oddity I'm tempted to stare at for a few minutes to see whether it breathes or blinks. This is the CCCC blog?

Now I feel low for taking shots at it, for poking fun. Still, it's striking. Where did it come from? Why the blogspot ethos? The footer, too, is surprising with its official-seeming protect-repel bureaucratic contradiction--a copyright paradox as it both taketh and giveth away (Ours? Not ours? Yes!):

1998-2006 National Council of Teachers of English. All rights reserved.

Opinions in this blog do not represent official policy of the National Council of Teachers of English.

And the most recent entry, the one from October, goes on about membership. Membership. I'm for membership, and I'm a member. But sad as I am to say it, this is the blog of an organization on vacation. A real puzzler, this one. " not represent...NCTE," but the blog itself, pains me to report, does.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at January 15, 2007 9:00 PM to Design

Ya know, I did the same thing. Clicked on over and then said, huh? Weird.

The best part, though, is this blog entry of yours, which gave me a good chuckle. It's funny. Because it's true.

Posted by: Donna at January 15, 2007 10:15 PM

Averting my eyes...that is worse than the WPA Technology Plank "blog."

Posted by: Clancy at January 16, 2007 11:00 AM

Yeah, I had mixed feelings about posting this because it's such a sitting target, and I didn't want to seem mean-spirited in my fun-making. But it's also professionally embarrassing to have such slapdash spaces purporting to represent anything as formidable as a national organization's PR or as (potentially) consequential as policy statements.

My favorite part of the WPA TechPlank blog is the side menu: Link 1, Link 2, under the defaultest of the default section headings: "Links." Heh. Gotta have "links."

Posted by: Derek at January 16, 2007 11:34 AM

Also weird about this blog: it's hosted at Blogger. Doesn't NCTE own a domain? Why use Blogger?

Posted by: jeff at January 16, 2007 8:42 PM

Also at the WPA site: it's now full of penis spam.

Posted by: jeff at January 16, 2007 8:43 PM

Wait. So the WPA isn't promoting payday loans?

Posted by: Derek at January 16, 2007 9:20 PM