Blog Catalog community brings Americans and the rest of the world together, and Chelle B. makes them laugh
I joined Blog Catalog last year and pretty soon I was communicating with people from all over the world. Through this active community, I met a humor writer named Chelle B. Her blogs The Offended American and The Offended Blogger focus on what you might call self-directed humor. Chelle B. makes fun of herself, of us and of whatever else flies across her amused brain. I laughed when I saw her post about the evil witch in the film ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Beneath a photo of the witch riding her bicycle (before we viewers knew she was a witch), there’s a single line of text—“Scariest bitch EVER.” That remark took me back to my childhood, reminding me how freaked I was the first time I saw the film.
Chelle focuses on the hyper-sensitivity that seems to, in my opinion, plague the world today. And she does it without concentrating on the race card or any other selected card. For her, it’s no-holds-barred and you and she both serve as targets. At TOA, she’s even got posts categorized by state. For her commentary, she selects stories from newspapers across the nation, and they all revolve around a situation where someone has been offended. Florida’s official state song with antiquated racial references, the ‘Drop Your Pants Down Under Offensive’ by a New York acting troupe and the Texas controversy over the use of the word ‘beaner’ all serve as fodder for a writer who will poke and prod any topic.
Via an email interview, the Idaho resident says she started blogging as a way to keep herself amused. “And it has also evolved into a way for me to vocalize, through humor, my political views as well. I found that it helps me work out pent-up frustrations even. Sometimes I feel so much better after I post and even more so when I get comments on my work.” She doesn’t confine herself to blogging, either. She’s always been a writer, putting pen to paper to write fiction and poetry as well.
Like many others in the community, Chelle B. says Blog Catalog is her favorite. “I’ve met some really great people there, especially the owners, and I get a lot of readers from the thousands of members who are signed up there. Second to that, Stumble is my favorite for traffic. I don’t socialize as much there as I should because I am rather addicted to Blog Catalog at the moment.” In her spare time, she also breeds AKC boxers like her dog Brutus, shown in the photo here.
In a political global climate that can sometimes be as sensitive as the itch after a mosquito bite, Chelle B. manages to hone stories that might be painful into columns that make us smile at others and ourselves. She’s well-known to the Blog Catalog community and to her fans. With characteristic humor, she says, “When I refer to my #1 fan, it’s actually me. Please don’t tell my readers—they think it’s them.” (Filed by Kay B. Day)