Monday, February 23, 2009

A prophet is not funny on his own blog.

I'm a funny guy. Really I am. In fact, that's kind of my thing... being funny.

I've never been excessively handsome, good at sports, or good at making friends; but I am smart and funny, and that has to count for something.

So why is it that I am not funny on this blog? I wonder. When I visit other blogs, I leave comments behind that have people laughing for days afterwards. I get messages about how funny I am, really I do. (No, seriously. I can show them to you if you don't believe me.)

So why, when I post on this blog, are my posts so serious and lacking in humour? I don't know. When I used to have the Reef on facebook, before I was deleted, I used to have good-natured banter going with each post. I used to make (bad) puns about my name, I used to use sarcasm and irony to make my point.

Now, not so much.

At first I thought that it was because no one actually read The Reef on Facebook. Except for a few friends, it was pretty much me talking to myself. Out here, in the wild water as it were, I feel like people are watching me all the time. Like a goldfish in a bowl I suppose. I am afraid people might take my humour for flippancy, or disrespect, when talking about a serious topic. So I tone myself down.

Then I realised that actually it's not my fault. It's all your fault. That's right. YOU.
I need banter to be funny. I need to feel like this is a conversation, not a performance. But you just sit there quietly and watch me. Judging me. I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!! SAY SOMETHING!!

So drop me a comment, disagree with me, tell me I have cute fins. Engage, and we can have us some fun.

Let me know you are out there.



  1. Okay. You say you need banter to be funny. Check out and let me know if you want to be a contributor. Email me at

    I think you're funny, btw. But I'm pretty easily amused. You may have noticed, I crack myself up.

  2. "Step in to my parlour,
    said the Kat to the fish
    You look nice and tasty,
    and will go well on my dish."

    With apologies to... whoever that guy was who wrote that other one.

  3. Indeed. I find your site most engaging. Not to mention that you have a really awesome cat.

    (Seriously people, have you seen their cat? It's awesome.)


  4. Hi Mr Bait,

    You're a funny fish.

    Truth is that blogging is a performance of sorts isn't it? The better you perform the larger the audience becomes? Your target audience may be somewhat more reserved than most because many of them are probably fish like you. Generally fish don’t talk much and on average write even less. This is why you’d struggle to find a good novel chronicling the love affair between a Neolamprologus multifasciatus and a Altolamprologus.



  5. Yeah Mark, there's not a lot of market for cich-lit.

    (Okay, that's probably only funny if you know something about writing and ichthyology.)


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