I like Jon and Kate Plus 8. It's perfect to Tivo and watch while folding clothes. Did you see them renew their vows? Beautiful. How about their ski trip to Utah! Compelling. I am so happy that Jon appears to have been able to quit working and that resorts let the Gosselins stay for free. But now it's not so much about reality anymore. Remember when they were poor? And yelled at each other a lot? And had yellow teeth and bald spots? I liked that. I liked it because they were pretty normal and I am pretty nosy about normal people's daily lives. But now they aren't normal. It's not their fault. That's just life. Now it's more like a TV show about a family that has a TV show. I'm losing interest. If I want to know about celebrities, I don't watch reality TV--I read People.
TLC seems to have anticipated my response as they have introduced a new family with not just twins and sextuplets, but twins, TWINS, and sextuplets. I haven't watched it but there's a promo with this new family. Notice their yellow teeth? It's just a matter of time. Even the Roloffs (Little People Big World) have really white teeth. Apparently Monday night on TLC is Family Night (that's a worldly counterfeit for the real thing, people). The expecting-number-18 Dugger Family is included in this line up. What I love about the Duggers is that you know that TLC has asked the girls in the family to wear jeans and you know they have refused. I think the Duggers are fantastic and their kids are impressive. But 17 and counting? That's a little pathological, with all due respect.
The same thing happens with blogs. First you blog about your life, then blogging becomes your life, then all you have left to blog about is your life of blogging. It happened to Dooce. It could happen to all of us. Just be careful if someone starts paying you awesome money to blog full time. I'm not saying you should say no. I am saying that all you can blog about at that point is all the conferences you go to as a full-time blogger (and all the free stuff you get as a full-time blogger.) And since I will never be as popular as Dooce, it is my promise to you that my blogs will always be incredibly interesting and about TV and stuff like that. I vow never to blog about the free stuff I get, unless I get some. And yes, I'm asking for some free stuff.