Now all your grandmothers know that I have OCD

I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but I’m featured briefly this month in the journal of genteel Ann Arbor society that is The Observer. The article, it would seem upon my first glance, is about men who, due to some serious character flaw, continue to blog in spite of the fact that the format has ceased to be relevant… and I’m included as a cautionary tale, along with the likes of Ed Vielmetti, Ben Connor Barrie, and a man who calls himself A2GastroBoy. If just one person decides not to go into blogging as a result of having stumbled across the article in his or her dentist’s office… where, as we all know, old copies of The Observer go to die… I’ll consider the whole thing a success.

And, yes, everyone in Ann Arbor now apparently knows my secret… I don’t blog because I love my community, but because I’m compelled to by the forces of OCD.

[Thank you to Patrick Dunn for the article, J. Adrian Wylie for the photo, and Reverend Aitor for the illustration.]

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  1. Posted May 29, 2013 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    You know Mark, I got a really nice email about the Observer article from my grandmother.

  2. Edward
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    I realize that you are just trying to be funny when you say that the Observer is for grandmothers and dentists offices, but it really is the closest thing we have in the area to real print journalism and I appreciate what they do. With that said, though, I really do think of the publication as the mouthpiece for olde annarbour.

  3. John Galt
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    The Fairness Doctrine lives on at

  4. Elf
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I can’t tell from the photo, but do they refer to you as a local version of Ann Coulter?

  5. K2
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Yes, they call him a “decidedly less masculine local knockoff of Ann Coulter.”

  6. Mr. Y
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I like seeing the Ovserver get out of their comfort zone a little. What’s next, a guide to Punk Week?

  7. Patrick
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    What??? I thought you just blogged because you hate the Commies!

  8. anonymous
    Posted May 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I heard Glenn Beck today describe what he does as “etching on the hearts of children.” you should start saying the same of your work.

  9. Posted May 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I prefer “melonballing the brains of the young and infirm”.

  10. Posted May 30, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I already knew.

  11. Kristin
    Posted May 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Being a townie living out of town I actually have to subscribe to the Observer. And subscribe I do, because I love it…

  12. Mr. X
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    What’s infinitely more interesting is the amount of information Mark has on all of your grandmothers.

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