I've been blogging long enough to know that there is no telling what is going to set people off. Sometimes I write entries that I think are going to be controversial and unleash a flood of hate mail, and get nothing. Other times I write what I think are charming and uplifting entries, only to get death threats and people telling me how much I suck. It's a crap-shoot, and I gave up a long time ago trying to figure it out.
Yet reader reaction still crosses my mind.
And, while it doesn't ever really influence what I write, it does make me question myself from time to time.
But it's not the same for comments I leave on other people's blogs.
I'm a cheeky bastard, and that apparently gives me free reign to joke around or say crazy crap and then never even consider that there might be consequences. After all, it's not my blog! I wouldn't intentionally comment with stuff that might get another blogger in trouble or anything... but after I write on their blog, I just don't worry about repercussions.
Now I am slowly starting to regret that, and here's just one example of why...
Over a year ago, Pauly wrote a hysterical entry over at his Words for My Enjoyment blog extolling the virtues of adult diapers, from which I'm republishing a small part here (you really should go read the entire thing, because it's dang funny)...
...Wear them all the time, wherever you want, whenever you go out in public. Don’t be afraid of people’s opinions, since everyone will be wearing them. Forget about "holding things in" from this day forward and feel free for once in your life. Make the elderly finally feel embraced instead of ridiculed and remove the teasing from the adolescent equation that affects so many children in a negative way. Give every person in this world the opportunity to live, learn, grow and urinate anywhere and anytime without societal pressure to "hold themselves in."
Adult diapers for everyone. It’s an idea whose time has come.
Inspired to "let myself go," I went ahead and left the following comment...
I heartily agree… but am having trouble finding adult diapers that offer full protection, yet have a slim profile. I tire of the embarrassing looks and stares I get while wearing my diapers in public!
Now, that was meant to be a joke. Ha ha funny and all that. I don't really wear diapers.
At least not yet.
But that hasn't stopped dozens of people from emailing me with advice about my "diaper problem."
Some people genuinely want to help out and offer diaper tips. Others want to make fun of me. Still others want to ask me questions about my "diaper habit" (or, heaven help them) ask me to send them photos of me wearing diapers (which is the email I got today). It's all pretty messed up, and has exposed me to a secret world of adult-diaper-fetish aficionados that I really didn't need to know about.
All because I didn't consider the consequences as I was hacking out a ten second comment.
Which is a shame, because the convenience of being able to pee in my pants is an idea that's starting to grow on me.
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I heartily agree
i have always left pretty outlandish comments at other sites, such as the time i admitted to my weird fetish with karl rove’s used undergarments, but i guess i am lucky in that there have never been any negative consequences. in fact, after my phone stopped working, those nice fellows from the utility company offered to fix it, for free! it works great, except for that weird reverb feedback, but you get what you pay for (get it? HAHAHAHA)
I’ve known people that insist on going commando because they think underpants are just very thin diapers. Which in a way they are.
Don’t feel bad. A lot of people just don’t have a sense of humor.
Diaper wearing? (and I know we’re in the hypothetical here) Airport security bumps to a whole other level if this catches on!
You still owe me that picture! 😉
Am I going to regret this comment down the line? Oh boy.
I’ve been reading for a while (recommended by Avitable when he found out I love Macs like I love Sean Connery).
I just had to comment on this post and tell you that now you’re all set to drive cross-country in an astronaut love triangle!
Thanks for the fun!
Ok, the whole diaper fettish thing has officially creeped me out. ewww.
Yeah. It’s kind of like how my weblog was posted in a foot fetish forum because of my graphic header. I really don’t find those feet attractive or sexy. Weirdos. Thankfully I never received emails about them 🙂
I woke up crabby because I couldn’t sleep and then I saw this toon and had total giggle fits…I so love it!
I’ve really noticed lately that the only places I get to be “cheeky” in comments are here and a few other blogs where people are the same way. I’ve had a few emails of the same nature as yours OR asking me why I am mad at the blogger so I’ve toned it down. Le sigh.
I’ve had that problem with comments as well. It’s almost always with out-there humour and it’s frustrating when the intended recipient doesn’t get the joke. One way to telegraph the set up is to attach a winkie 😉 but many times this detracts from the comment if the humour is intended to be clever or subtle.
But about your diaper problem… maybe you should just try not drinking so much…
I claimed to be a pedophile on Kevin’s blog yesterday, so I know what you mean. It’s not like I would have really railed out Amanda Bynes before her 18th birthday. But now that she’s an adult? Don’t even ask.
Don’t lie. When I saw you in Orlando, I remember how plush and squishy your pants were.
That’s pretty impressive staying power if you left that comment over a year ago.
Diaper? You foreigners and your funny words 😉 C’mon now, it’s Nappy. Obviously.
you seriously get the weirdest mail from strangers.
Send them photos of you wearing diapers? Pretty sick. Then again, with as much as you travel, it might be a good idea to avoid those airport bathrooms with all that “tapping” going on.
Even worse? I’ve been immortalized on WIKIPEDIA on some diaper page, me being the “author who authorized diaper wearing for adults.”
Of course you know there are those who are way into that…..in numerous sorts of twisted ways. And I think I’ve seen your picture. Yeah, I’m just about positive sure it was you. But those diaper lines in your jeans just aren’t quite right. They ruin a perfectly good arse.
When I was India for my surgery 2 years ago, they put a diaper on me. I was shocked but I was so loaded on morphine that I was in no position to argue. Honestly, I don’t even remember why they did it. Anyway, I got so used to it that when they took it off after whatever amount of time I had it on I asked for another one! I FREAKING LOVED IT. When they said NO I was so sad. Pee? On my own? And not while I’m lying down watching tv?
A comment with a diaper and drugs. Great.
Meh, I don’t worry much about what I write in blog comments. People should expect cheeky monkiness from me. If they don’t like it, they can make squishies in their diapers.
Wait till your inbox gets spammed with ads for diaper rash creams instead of male enhancements…
There’s a reason people use emoticons. 90% of the population won’t get an online joke unless there’s a smiley face attached to it.
Oh c’mon…just be proud of your diaper needs…we all have em. Needs that is 😀
Something about you Dave, it brings out the crazies. LOL
That is hilarious! I can only hope to be that internet famous one day!
So Dave2, do you buy your diapers at Walgreen’s or do you shop on-line for them?
That reminds me of a “You Can’t Do That On Television” ongoing skit they did of people wearing diapers – one of the kids started doing it, and it caught on as a fad, so then ALL the cool kids were doing it.
Hmm… what’s monkey thinking there?
Oh thank God! I can go relax now!!! This is all I needed to hear!!! Truly! I’ll be sure and tell my 9yr old son to keep crapping in his pants because there is a growing movement among adults to wear diapers and by the time he becomes one he will no longer have to worry about the social consquences. Phew!!! …..darn it…..darn it all to hell…. 😀
Cute dave cartoon of you in diapers! funny. That’s weird that people would email you suggestions with you diaper problem. ha. They can’t tell when a person’s joking? I just assume most people are if they leave a different comment. Thanks for the laugh.
I am going to channel my inner Paris Hilton…(drum roll)
Dave in Diapers is hot…
(PS -I am a week behind in reading right now which is why it took me so long to comment, I blame delayed airplanes)