Words For Your Enjoyment: Attention Whores

Aaah, Friday.

Is it strange that after so many Fridays over the course of our lives, this Friday is just as exciting as all the rest? Is it weird that while every other single item in our lives that repeats over and over again (another cookie, a birthday, lunchtime, the dentist, et al) gets old and boring and before long we can’t bear to experience it any longer — Friday continues to be just as exciting every single time?

It’s sort of like “Words For Your Enjoyment” — fresh, exciting, filled with 94% of all those extra vitamins and minerals you look for in starting off your weekend… And this week, is of course, no different.

Today’s idea was submitted by WFME’s new friend Kristine who suggested that today’s subject be about “metrosexuality, or punctuation, or being an attention whore, or having a counselor as an adult but not that AA kind, or something else…” The fact that she sent the suggestions, followed up with one of those Blue Mountain online greeting cards, added WFME to her blogroll and asked yours truly about his thoughts on ‘why bees don’t cry’ — well, it got us to thinking about attention whores.

Seriously, how annoying are attention whores?

First of all, before I get into it, let me just tell you that I just had a really exciting personal moment occur the other day related to my book. There are only a few times prior to your book being published that really get you all stoked out — and seeing the cover of the book for the first time is damn exciting. That happened this past week and if I may say so myself, seeing my name there at the bottom and the glossy cover image well it just got me really excited about all the press and notoriety that it would garner the book…

Anyway — there are five distinct categories of attention whores that make you aware of their presence in society. WFYE would like to categorize them for you with their common rallying cry (or statement) that always permeates their entire existence. They are:

The “Subtle” Attention Whore: “No, I’m not important…that is unless you really care to hear about what’s going on in my life…”

The “Not-So Subtle” Attention Whore: “I hope things are going as well with you as they are with me!”

The “Pay Attention” Attention Whore: “Man, you are not going to believe what I heard…about myself!”

The “Attention Is My Life” Attention Whore: “Hey, look at me! No, over here! Seriously, you won’t regret it. At ME. Look at ME. Okay, if you can’t look at me, just listen. Why aren’t you listening? Is there someone else you’re listening to instead?”

The “I Am GOD Here” Attention Whore: “Did I mention I was GOD here?”

Not like you really care about what’s going on in my life, but as I was drafting the above five “types” of attention whores I was thinking about how once you guys get a chance to read those you are SO going to be trackbacking and commenting on those because they’re just so apropros to life and the kind of people you interact with in your office and your home life and stuff…

But that’s just the thing — attention whores are everywhere. They want you to listen, they want you to taste, they want you to react, give opinions, tell them if those shoes match, whether or not they smell, or if their hair looks good, or if they should get botox, or implants, or even if they like the color of your car, your skin and your dog. Or if they should film their pregnancy and air it as a TV show on UPN. So annoying. I mean, people who do that are just crying out for attention and it’s both unappealing, unattractive and unbelieveable.


By the way — I haven’t heard much from all of you since July 1st about the blog redesign — I’ve tweaked a bunch of things and adjusted some hues on the background image that I think are kick-ass awesome. Don’t worry about responding about that right now — but just know that I’d love some feedback because everything I do, as Brian Adams once said…”I do it for you.”

So yeah, attention whores.

You suck.

27 comments on “Words For Your Enjoyment: Attention Whores

  1. kingbenny - July 22, 2005 at 7:44 am -

    I think the redesign looks great, although I don’t think I ever saw the old design, so for me, its not so much of a REdesign at all. Anyway, this comment is just me whoring for attention. The word whore is so so much better when pronounced “whoore” in a nasally way.

  2. Pauly D - July 22, 2005 at 7:46 am -

    Yeah, but kingbenny, don’t you love all the great hues of blue and how I’ve integrated them into my whole style and personality and there’s a really great picture of me in the ABOUT section and you can read about all my latest work in magazines if you click on the MEDIA section.

    You know, if you want to.

  3. Nathan Smith - July 22, 2005 at 7:53 am -

    You forgot one other type of attention whore: The one that writes an article about it, thereby drawing attention to the “problem” and inadvertently making oneself a center of attention. 🙂

    Great article by the way, my favorite description was this: “Man, you are not going to believe what I heard…about myself!” My coworkers and I had a good laugh about that one.

  4. kingbenny - July 22, 2005 at 8:00 am -

    I read about how your head is big or something, but it can’t be so bad, it doesn’t even fill up your gravatar.

  5. meme - July 22, 2005 at 8:12 am -

    Oh my god! Stop writing about me. By the way, do you know where I can sell a secret sex-tape of me on the internet?

  6. kristine - July 22, 2005 at 8:16 am -

    THANK GOD YOU PICKED ME. i think all bloggers are attention whores, in one category or another.

    last night i ran into people from work at a bar, and the conversation inevitably turned to all the workplace rumors they had heard about me, with as much detail as possible.

    but, you know, when i do that kind of thing, it’s hot. never annoying.

  7. Pauly D - July 22, 2005 at 8:17 am -

    That was a hot comment, K.

  8. kristine - July 22, 2005 at 8:20 am -

    yeah, i know.

  9. monkeyinabox - July 22, 2005 at 8:32 am -

    i think all bloggers are attention whores

    Hmmmmmmmm. Could it be……SATAN.

  10. Amy Steier - July 22, 2005 at 8:36 am -

    I think that there are too many attention whores, and not just in Hollywood. We interact with people like that all the time in our daily lives. What can we do, other than ignore them, to make them go away?

  11. Leese - July 22, 2005 at 8:56 am -

    I know I’m repeating everyone else here, but yeah, bloggers are attention whores, and not just the kind that craves attention, but the kind that thinks we actually deserve it.

    I find it a little irritating when some bloggers say they blog for themselves and don’t care whether anyone goes to their site. So why publish on the web then instead of typing up their thoughts on Microsoft Word?

    My name is Leese, and I’m an attention whore.

  12. nic - July 22, 2005 at 9:10 am -

    Have you ever talked to someone who is all animated when they are talking about themselves, but the minute you start saying something, they have a sudden case of the yawns? It is sooo rude! I know for a fact I’m not THAT boring.

  13. kristine - July 22, 2005 at 9:14 am -

    hell yes. or their eyes are looking over your shoulder, or at your ear–anywhere but your face…a sign that they’re is waiting for you to shut the hell up so they can start talking again. and when the conversation is back to them, there is no acknowledgement that you’ve even spoken. that’s always a good time.

  14. Dave - July 22, 2005 at 9:14 am -

    After watching the reality show Being Bobby Brown on Bravo, I would like to add to your list of attention whores…

    The “I am completely washed up and will make a ridiculous fool of myself and my family just to get attention” attention whore.

    Seriously, if you haven’t seen this show, check it out. It is bizarre.

  15. randi - July 22, 2005 at 10:26 am -

    at first glance i thought that you were being rude. then i noticed that there was no comma between the words “attention” and “whores.” i feel so much better now.

  16. groovebunny - July 22, 2005 at 11:57 am -

    I am not an attention whore!!! But what do ya guys think? Should I get a boob job? Unfortunately I like in a house full of attention whores. It gets to the point sometimes that I have to lock myself in the bathroom just to get away from all the whoring. If it’s not my sister, it’s the dog. If it’s not the dog it’s the cats. And those damn fish always make with the fish eyes everytime I walk by their tank because they want my attention so they can be fed. Attention whores! The whole lot of them!

    As for your blog hues. Yes the blues are lovely! I especially like how the hues of the comments section alternate. It’s very, very pretty. 🙂

  17. Jack - July 22, 2005 at 12:01 pm -

    Attention whore or not, I like to write.

  18. Kathleen - July 22, 2005 at 12:02 pm -

    all your attention whore qualities seem to be female oriented…

  19. Neil - July 22, 2005 at 12:18 pm -

    I’ve always considered myself a “subtle” attention whore. That’s why I like Pauly’s site so much. I love learning more about his TV show and book deal. Of course, little ‘ol me has nothing really going on. Sure, I write a blog, but Pauly’s posts are always so much better than mine. I’m sure you’re all “blogged” out from reading Pauly’s amazing new post (do they get any better?), so I doubt you really want to take a look at my crummy blog. Pauly, you are my hero! I’m like a nobody compared to you. That’s why I’m sure that none of your readers are going to come to my blog today. But, you know, if one of you has nothing else to do this afternoon — take a little peek, even if it is for a few seconds or so, just so I can look at the stats later and say, “Hey, I may not be Pauly, but at least I got a few of his readers to hit on my site for a few seconds.” Thanks.

  20. greenhemic - July 22, 2005 at 2:28 pm -

    Ouch. You hit the spot there, Leese. Now I have to delete my entire blog. 🙂

    Pauly D, I loved the old site, and I love this site. It feels sophisticated. The old site feels..er..not so sophisticated, but what’s most important is..you. Your words. Sold! It really does gets better each day. I bow to you deeply, Sensei. *bowing deeply*

    Neil, I’ve bookmarked your site. Don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s good too. Or maybe this is some sort of attention whore hidden statement that I fell for. Nevertheless, I’ve bookmarked your site too.

    You made me all laugh, people. But Pauly D, you’ve got to admit, holds the top spot on this.

  21. Karen - July 22, 2005 at 6:14 pm -

    I have no idea who any of those attention whores are because I ignore them LOL

    Have a great weekend!

  22. nic - July 23, 2005 at 6:35 am -

    I’ve been visiting your site, Pauly, by clicking on your name from another blog. How, please, can I do this directly? Not to sound stupid or anything …

    By the way, I am really enjoying you.

  23. nic - July 23, 2005 at 7:01 am -

    (sure enuf, as soon as I exposed my ignorance, I figured it out.)

  24. Daniel - July 24, 2005 at 8:48 pm -

    I dig on your sarcasm. I’ll agree with everyone else here that bloggers are attention whores, but hell I think anyone that puts anything personal out there is an attention whore to some degree.

    Yet Another Attention Whore 🙂

  25. John A Thomson - July 28, 2005 at 1:38 am -

    Some Blogging related attention whores:

    The “I post comments on other people’s blogs to attract attention to ME” attention whore!

    (Not like I’d do anything like that but I did find this blog using this technique 🙂 )

    The “I don’t really believe what I’m saying, but it is controversial and will attract attention” whore!

    (Not that any posting on this blog rate in that blogsphere!)

    The “My photos are in black and white and arty-farty style” attention seeking whore!

    (I’ve been known to have some recent shots done in black and white but at least the crop tool didn’t remove most of my face 😀 )

    I will feel hurt if anyone thinks I’m any kind of attention whore… I’ll throw the toys out of the pram and cry and cry until everyone makes me feel better (whore). 🙂

    There are plenty of attention whore definitions here:

    p.s. Cool blog. Glad you posted a comment on mine and I discovered your good “attention seeking” self. I’ve added you to my RSS aggregator under the all new category of “A.S.W.”. Hope this meets with your approval :-).

    Unfortunately, I didn’t see the old blog so can’t comment on any house keeping or decorating you’ve done on the blog. I’m sure you’ll be drawning all the more attention with the re-design!

    Keeping attention seeking and whoreing everyone!

  26. […] According to Pauly Davidson’s own words in this blog entry a new personality type has been drawn to my attention…. it is the “attention seeking whore” or ASW as I’d like to abbreviate it from now on. […]

  27. GF - April 16, 2007 at 9:50 pm -

    The whole concept of blogging is about being an ASW. Everyone who writes a blog is an ASW.

    In the olden days (ah, memories) people used to write private diaries and were quite protective about them. But the ASW’s of the cyber age are so different.

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