Monday, July 16

Moaning Meme

If you've ever listened to people talking on a bus you'll know that most of what they say is negative. They talk about things they hate, people that annoy them and boyfriends that let them down before they even think about mentioning the 'nice things.'

All of us do it. We find it natural, when with a friend, to moan. In fact a recent study has shown that the most effective form of human bonding is moaning and gossiping.

Yet our blogs, the social tools of the 21st century, are populated by memes listing our 'favourites,' or our 'blessings,' or our 'funniest' moments. In our efforts to be readable we have denied others the one thing that makes us interesting - our whining, moaning, complaining selves.

And so I am pleased to present the first ever Moaning Meme! The meme that will teach us all a bit more about each other and ourselves

It's time to spread some Personality...

The Moaning Meme
5 people who will be annoyed you tagged them.

(I tagged people who I thought would do the meme, but it is by no means limited to only them! Be part of something new - Spread some moans!)

4 things that should go into room 101 and be removed from the face of the earth.
  • Handbag sized dogs - it's a small, annoying, yapping creature with teeth, not a fashion accessory
  • Charity canvassers
  • Blog Entries that begin "I have nothing to say today..."
  • Reality TV - the arrogance. The sheer, sheer arrogance!
3 things people do that make you want to shake them violently.
  • Gang up and gossip about people behind their backs
  • Act unnecessarily camp as a way of defining themselves
  • Share the graphic details of their last visit to the toilet
2 things you find yourself moaning about.
  • Almost any American Sitcom...
  • Drunk Bristolians
1 thing the above answers tell you about yourself.
  • I need more therapy

RULES
  • Link to the original meme at freelancecynic.com so people know what it's all about!
  • Be as honest as possible, This is about letting people get to know the real you!
  • Try not to insult anyone - unless they really deserve it or are very, very ugly!
  • Post these rules at the end of every meme!
Finally remember, cynical is sexy.

At least that's what I'm hoping...

46 comments:

Mr. Fabulous said...

You SOB...LOL

Ps said...

I dont think you need therapy.In fact i agree with most of your moans! Does tht mean I need therapy?!!
Just realised moaning doesnt come naturally to some people!

Skittles said...

I LOVE this because (like you said) it's so different! I'll get on it later today, ok? :)

(We have to take out my F drive, reload my C drive and do all the updates that involves. *UGH*)

sognatrice said...

I love this. I'm so in (and if there's room in those therapy sessions, I'd like to come there as well b/c I completely agree with your moans).

The Freelance Cynic said...

Mr Fab - Thank you, but I think my Mother Disagrees

Ps - All the more reason to practice every now and then

Skittles - That sounds scary hon :)

sognatrice - Spread the Grudge! that's the way

Linda said...

Oh I absolutely LOVE this one! Finally, a meme where I can be myself rather than treacly sweet and happy all the time! You so rock!!

I shall get on this one as soon as I finish the post I am currently working on. Thanks for the tag - seriously!

The Freelance Cynic said...

Can someone catch my ego! I think it just got to big for it's own boots and ran away...

Toni said...

That is too funny! Great idea!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Dale said...

Brilliant. I have nothing (else) to say today.

Sandy Carlson said...

Yes, this is fascinating, and I'll be back with cynicsm once my daughter gets done creaming me at junior monopoly. Thanks for speaking up for this side of the undeniable truth.

Janine @ Moving Mama said...

Oh I so needed to read your entry today - saccharine makes me get headaches. It's time we hear a little moaning around the blogosphere.

JennieBoo said...

I'm "spreading the moans" as soon as I finish this comment. What a cute idea! :D

Thanks for tagging me and for visiting "OSOMOLOVE"!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Webmiztris said...

i so agree on the dog thing. pets are not accessories!!

The Freelance Cynic said...

Toni - No prob

Dale - I'll let you off this time. Next time I'm going to start using the honey trap

Sandy - Maybe the trick here is to not play against your daughter

Janine - Be the change you want to see in the blogging world.

JennieBoo - Looking forward to it

Miz - Unless of course they're pink and come in a variety of sizes

Lynda Walldez said...

I'm also a participant of this meme, its a really great idea. I was tagged by JennieBoo. By the way, would you be interested in doing a link exchange with me?

mcewen said...

thanks for the link. I'm in the process of moving to a new blog site. I couldn't find your email address [mine is on my profile] whereby I could give you the new address.

As for the moaning,I think I can declare with a certain amount of confidence that Brits do it best - must be a genetic thing [or possibly the weather] It's also a darned sight cheaper than therapy.
Cheers

Sandy Carlson said...

I've been thinking about this meme on and off all day....In reaching for the positive, I've been trying to throw off the weight of the friggin awful.

Linda said...

I have finished my Moaning Meme and you can find it here if you'd like to take a look at it and see if it passes muster.

Thanks again - this was a lot of fun and almost makes me like memes - almost!

Gattina said...

This meme or theme makes me realize how unhappy I am ! and on the top I don't have to say anything today (followed by a waterfall of words). BTW I noticed a heavily kissing couple not in the bus but in the train yesterday and of course they couldn't complain because their lips were sealed ! See how unhappy I am !

The Freelance Cynic said...

Linda - Linked you

Mcewan - In the book the English, moaning is defined as our characteristic trait!

Sandy - Sounds painful

Linda - Loving it

Gattina - Urgh! Public displays of affection! Whack them upside the head then listen to them moan...

Skittles said...

Ok, mine is posted! Should it scare me that I could have used most of your answers? :)

whenn said...

Yay! This is a great one! Will get on it ASAP :)

Linda said...

Simon, I must say that from reading the comments left on my post, this is going to be one of the most popular memes in the Blogosphere! I believe that everyone absolutely loves a chance to moan about things a little bit! I am beginning to think I could have tagged my entire blogroll - which I am adding you to by the way - and they would have happily done it! What an inspiration you are to moaners everywhere!

I love a man who can put the right to whine in such great perspective and make it so damned fun (and sexy!) to boot!

The Freelance Cynic said...

Cheers for the Link Love Linda! And the ego boost :)

It would be nice to make the blogosphere a little bit more moany!

Beth said...

Even worse than bloggers who begin with "I have nothing to say today ..." are those who list the minutae of how they spent their day, especially if there isn't a story behind it.

Melanie said...

I love this meme. What a fantastic idea!!

The Rock Chick said...

I did it and I feel SOOOOOO much better! Love this, love you and I love blogging!!!

Jessica The Rock Chick

Mom not Mum said...

Wish I would have read yours BEFORE I did mine I would have left the 5 people that will be annoyed that I tagged them in. LOL

The Freelance Cynic said...

Beth - God I couldn't agree more.

Melanie - Thank you :)

Rock Chick - Praise from the ranting Queen! Much thanks

Mom - you can always change it!?

Jessica Morris said...

I did this after being tagged by Jessica the Rock Chick. Great fun!! Thanks for starting it!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hi Cynic,

Ally at Crazy dust in my coffee tagged me, so I will be posting this meme.

I hope I got it right; I made sure to come by to read yours as it was the original.

Thanks!
Scarlett & Viaggiatore (the lion)

Kendra said...

i was tagged and just played along. i feel better now. thanks for the prompt to rant. i need to do that more often!

giggles said...

Hilarious!
I'm a Gemini so both twins did it! One was not so cooperative! Moaning Mona

Amber said...

Hey, I was tagged and did one of this meme. How fun!!

Amazing Gracie said...

You're awfully young to be such a synic. That doesn't usually happen 'til you're old, like me!
Great meme and look at all the fun you've created! Good job, my friend...

The Freelance Cynic said...

Jessica - Glad I could be of service

Scarlet - Ah researching the topic thoroughly! Well done.

Kendra - I help you to rant more often if you like.

Giggles - Ooooooh psychotic, how fun.

Amber - Was a good meme amber. Thanks!

Gracie - Unfortunately I matured far to early...

Cynic -

Jessica Morris said...

Ok, so maybe I am the only stupid person... but what exactly is room 101?? I don't get it... and I have spent too long trying to get it...

Stacy said...

Hey Freelance. I linked you.

Thanks for the tip. Off to read more moaning memes.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

wanderlust scarlett tagged me. my meme will be up within an hour and I linked you.

I like your moans. :)

Finn said...

I'm over here from Fab's. I think I'm in love. In a strictly platonic, hag kind of way.

Unless you care to switch teams...

Uncivil said...

Hey Cynic
I'm a 50 year old straight curmudgeon who happens to like "Handbag sized dogs"! I just prefer not to carry them in a hand bag!
My little Boston Terrier (Emily)weighs about 16 pounds, and she moaned when I read your meme to her!LOL!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. How in the world did you find me?

Coaster Punchman said...

Hmmm. You must not read my blog much because I do practically nothing but complain. But I'll do your MM one day soon. Just 'cuz.

Toni Anderson said...

I could moan about much more than two things...

Juline said...

I did it too, sorry I don't know how to make a trackback thingie. ^^"

Sandy Carlson said...

Thanks for thinking up this bit of truth telling. I've posted mine on my thoughts page.

Crystal said...

I was tagged for this by a few people, and finally participated.

Thanks for the great idea! :)

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