Call me cynical, but I’m dubious when I read someone blog about an experience. When a serious blogger isn’t blogging, he (or she) is probably thinking about his blog and whether what he’s doing is blogworthy.
Knowing he’ll be writing about his experience, he’ll alter his behavior just for the sake of his blog. Both the experience and the blog entry become disingenuous. At the very least, he was thinking about his blog the whole time, and that shapes the moment. If he omits those thoughts from his story, he’s being dishonest with his reader.
So there I was Monday night, probably doing exactly what you were doing–hiding 20 bucks in a sewing magazine. I was in in Marie’s Sewing Center in the Woburn Mall. I chose that store because I like a challenge. The place was dead. Check it out, I took this before entering:
The only soul in there was a friendly employee. See her there on the phone? When inside, I asked if she was Marie. “No, I’m Laurie,” she said. “But there is a Marie!” Naturally I doubted that very much. You can just picture the suits in that marketing firm wrangling over the perfect name for this venture.
“How about Mark!”
“You’re an idiot, Jack. Folks have to think this is run by someone’s grandma. But something catchy. Stacy’s Sewing Stop. Sue’s Sew Shoppe. No….Marie’s Sewing Center.”
“Genius. You’ve done it again.”
Anyway, before I’d even begun my lurking/faux-browsing, Laurie asked if she could help me. I replied “Oh just looking, my mom likes to sew,” which is the bold faced lie I prepared outside Bill’s Lock and Key. “I wish I knew about this place before Christmas,” I fibbed. And after I hid the 20 (unbeknownst to her), we chatted on my way out. I had to answer some follow up questions which included me saying my mom owned a sewing machine.
Why do I mention all this?
Well before I entered, I thought hiding a 20 there could make for a funny read. So as I’m lying to this perfectly nice woman, I realize I’ll be publishing that very conversation—in fact my whole experience there. I figured she could very well hear that I hid a 20 in her store. She just might hop on this site and see the hot tip and even this blog entry. And then I foresaw how I’d probably explain it in my blog, as I’m doing now, and how that would make me feel better and perhaps be interesting to you, the reader. Well Laurie, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry. It was nothing personal. I rationalized everything by figuring I’d be giving your shop a little extra publicity and foot traffic.
Marie is lucky to have you!