I used to love Jezebel.com. It was the perfect combination of Hollywood gossip, feminist musing, political discourse, and literary tidbits. And the comments were witty, insightful, and sometimes more amusing than the original post. But lately, I’m interested in only about 10% of what they post and the majority of the comments range from inane to annoying.
Naturally, because I tend to overthink everything, I’ve been wondering why this is. Has the quality of the writing and topics really fallen off a cliff? Am I getting too old and boring for this kind of blog? Am I so out of touch with the kids? Do I need something that appeals more to working moms in mid-market cities than to single grad students in New York? Probably.
Today, they posted this article about a mom pondering what to tell her toddler about makeup. “Finally!” I thought. “A decently written article I can relate to! Maybe I shouldn’t give up on Jezebel just yet.”
Then I read the comments. I’ll save you the time and trouble and tell you that it’s basically a collection of “who gives a fucks?” and “wow, obsess much?” and others that were clearly written by people who’ve never had kids or worried about how to create a promising future for a little person they love by setting good examples and providing thoughtful explanations about things.
And that pretty much clinched it for me. I’m done with Jezebel.
I’m now open to suggestions on new, favorite blogs. Please say there is more for me out there than the mommy blogosphere.