William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Wednesday, 23, July, 2008

Internet Celebrity

Filed under: Life, the universe, & everything.,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 23:13

Looking at the changes in my statistics that occurred when Brigid mentioned me I was thinking about internet celebrity. This blog is doesn’t fit a neat pigeon-hole, it’s a not a political blog, nor is it about popular culture (except to make fun of it). I really am afraid of the 2008 election, and I’m sorry that there isn’t a F*** alla youse lever that I can pull. I also really don’t know or care about Britney Spears or any of the other pop tarts that are on the horizon. I realized a long time ago when I didn’t recognize any of the names being mentioned in People magazine that the world had passed me by.

And, I’m sorry, but what is the point with the Heath Ledger hoopla? He was an actor with talent and a drug problem. This differentiates him from the other millions of druggies in the world how?

It’s is a forensic/teaching/medicine/gun blog. I do manage to avoid writing posts about “what I had for dinner” or “what I did on my summer vacation”. I’m not a good enough writer to make that interesting. But I’ve been mentioned on other blogs. I’ve made professional contacts and personal contacts from blogging. Center of Gravitas has an article on blog celebrity I liked, and I excerpted some of the relevant points.

The major question, though, is What would make a good William the Coroner T-shirt for this blog? Tell me in the comments.

Anonymous: You say that spam advertising penile enlargement “still counts” as a comment on an entry.
Obscure: You get one or two incisive responses to your most provocative posts.
Middling: You have a loyal core of readers who will give a comment, even if it is just out of pity.
Celebrity: You are guaranteed a minimum of forty comments even if the blog entry is nothing more than a picture of your empty breakfast bowl.


Anonymous: Your blog is not linked by anybody.
Obscure: Your friends and family link you.
Middling: People you have never met link you.
Celebrity: People link you only out of the hope that you will link them back.


Anonymous: The only e-mail generated from your blog is a secret offer from a Nigerian who needs you to open a bank account for him.
Obscure: You occasionally get e-mail from people you don’t know in real life.
Middling: You get birthday cards from people you don’t know in real life.
Celebrity: You get mail from people that you probably don’t want to know in real life.


Anonymous: You have no social contacts based on your blog.
Obscure: You have social contacts who read your blog, but they already knew you before you ever blogged.
Middling: You have met new friends through your blog that you would have never met in real life.
Celebrity: You have slept with people through your blog.


Anonymous: You are most often naked while you write your blog.
Obscure: You have given away t-shirts based on your blog

Middling:You can actually sell t-shirts based on your blog at CafePress or other such sites.
Celebrity: Designers send you their new clothes in the hope that you will wear them while you blog.


  1. An excellent light hearted summation of the blogging world.

    I give it a 6/10, and I’ll take one T-shirt please.

    Comment by Carteach0 — Thursday, 24, July, 2008 @ 07:29 | Reply

  2. Welcome to the middling. We’re small, but fiercely snarky community.

    I’ll trade shirts with you!

    Comment by CrankyProf — Thursday, 24, July, 2008 @ 13:30 | Reply

  3. At least you have plans for a t-shirt; I’d probably have to pay people to order them for mine.

    Comment by BobG — Thursday, 24, July, 2008 @ 14:02 | Reply

  4. Cat hair, grad students and the occassional gunshot victim –

    It’s not life in the fast lane – it’s life in the oncoming traffic.

    Comment by Brigid — Friday, 25, July, 2008 @ 10:30 | Reply

  5. I like the one about the mail, but Brigid’s comment… now that’s priceless. I would pay for a t-shirt that said that.

    Comment by misbeHaven — Friday, 25, July, 2008 @ 13:16 | Reply

  6. Much as in real life, I’m perfectly content with middling obscurity on the Internet. In personality tests, I’m the one hanging around the edges of the room away from the “popular” cliques, just observing. Another benefit of the blogosphere: in cyber space, lurking is legal. Real life lurking would be creepy and might result in a lawsuit for stalking. Ha!

    Comment by Miz Minka — Saturday, 26, July, 2008 @ 12:41 | Reply

  7. Middling works for me- One T-shirt please 🙂

    I prefer to think we write stream of consciousness blogs… At least when we’re conscious! Seriously, I enjoy reading blogs that are not, shall we say, rant specific; but deal with life in general and vagaries of the same.

    Comment by Old NFO — Saturday, 26, July, 2008 @ 20:23 | Reply

  8. You don’t write about what you eat, but your library of cook books is fair game. 🙂

    After that comment about pop tarts, I’m going to find them less satisfying as “back up food, for when the day is too busy to stop and have real food.”

    Comment by Rogue Medic — Sunday, 27, July, 2008 @ 14:38 | Reply

  9. You mean most people don’t blog just so they don’t have to talk to their family?

    Comment by 10% — Monday, 28, July, 2008 @ 14:50 | Reply

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