The importance of Gawker

The out of sight, out of mind brogging tribulations continue, and in spite of my best efforts, I’m finding it difficult to want to write when there’s nowhere to post it.  I’ve honestly probably written more Yelp reviews over the last month than trying to write to a brog that at the time I’m writing this doesn’t technically exist, and it’s admittedly affecting my general desire to write at all.

That being said, another aspect of why my writing habits have dwindled as dramatically as they have is simply the fact that for all intents and purposes, October’s been a pretty eventful month for me, generally speaking.  There have been quite a few trips, out-of-town excursions, and I’d be lying if I also didn’t mention my foray into the ranked fields of League of Legends didn’t have something to do with it either.

However, whenever life can’t provide me with the motivation to write, I usually turn to the internet to see if I’ll come across anything that piques my interest, inspires me to jot some words down, or makes me thing that I might be able to write something funny.  Often times, there’s a story that happens locally in Atlanta that makes me shake my head and think there’s something ironically humorous to write about, and sometimes there’s something on one of the nerdy outlets that I occasionally browse that flips the switch.

I really hate give Gawker any credit, because when the day is over, I think their “staff” of writers are a bunch of talentless hipsters with veiled agendas that rely on clickbait headlines and hints of prejudice in their writing styles, but I have to admit that sometimes they write things that for better or worse, make me feel like writing myself.  And in times like now, when the motivation to write is at a low point, I have to say that any stimulation, is good stimulation, even if it means giving a little bit of a nod to a vapid outlet like Gawker or any of their network sites.

I admit, I took the bait, and clicked on the clickbait “article” about how those who groom stubble obviously have low moral character, and to absolutely zero surprise, found the entire thing to be complete and utter bullshit, and a waste of 76 seconds spent reading it.

Naturally, I object to this whole notion, because I fall into the category of being a person who grooms his stubble.  And frankly, I do not feel that I have low moral character, quite the contrary, I like to think that I have a fairly decent standard of honor and integrity (except when I play League).

My reasons for grooming my stubble aren’t nearly as convoluted or agenda-driven as Gawker wants to lead people to believe, but it really boils down to the fact that I have a large, round head, not to mention that in spite of how much I exercise and try and slim down, I’m not a skinny person, and I’m subject to the unfortunate multi-chin, when caught at the wrong angle.  Stubble helps negate and hide this less-than-attractive happenstance, and more or less gives my face a little bit of a boundary, that going baby-smooth contradicts.

Also, I do it, because as a Korean guy, at least me personally, cannot grow a beard.  Believe me, I’ve tried to neglect all facial grooming for several months just to see what happened, and the end result wasn’t particularly attractive, but it also wasn’t anything remotely close to an actual hipster beard that would make me look like I should be discussing microbrews and ideating the pairing of plaid shirts to vintage vests.

Ultimately, I do it, because I like the way it looks on me, and that’s all that really matters.  Clearly according to Gawker, it’s because I’m morally shifty and want to be a bad boy, but then again, I could’ve ignored the clickbait like I do the other 80% of the time, but I didn’t, because I’m a sucker that knew it was going to be bullshit and that it was best to be avoided, but I didn’t.  That’s fine, they got one on me, and I can settle with accusing them of having racist undertones or something, and some people might agree because Gawker is vapid and shallow and home to some of the worst shit on the planet, but exists nonetheless.

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