The votes are in!

James Proclaims (8)

Last week I decided to peer review my tagline. It was quite an exciting day in blogging terms. I created a poll and invited the world at large to choose between my existing tagline and two new ones.

The choices were:

(a) The irreverent and irrelevant ramblings of a man who hasn’t really got anything to say, but is going to say it anyway…

(b) The wit and wisdom of a man who has neither…

(c) Don’t laugh; you’ll only encourage him…

It was certainly enlightening and I’m pretty overwhelmed by how many people interacted with me that day, on this blog, and via other forms of social media, so thanks for that!

The two which seemed to garner the most vocal support were (a) and (c). Supporters of (a) were adamant that I shouldn’t have to change my tagline if I didn’t want to, whereas supporters of (c) thought that change was well overdue.

Interestingly, fewest people seemed to convey any opinions regarding  (b) but ultimately, when I looked at the results of the poll, (b) was the clear winner.

I’m relieved – it was my wife’s favourite and I probably should just have listened to her to begin with.

I think on balance it was my favourite too, although I’d have been happy with any of them. Someone suggested to me that it sounded a bit like Oscar Wilde might have said it. I’ve done a few paranoid Google searches to see if he did, because I do think I might have accidently paraphrased something he did say, but I can’t find the direct quote, so for now we’ll just have to assume that I am as clever as Oscar Wilde…

Speaking of quotes, I realised I had a fridge-magnet with a Shakespeare quote on it that might have been ideal. It’s from Twelfth Night (a play I have actually studied lest you judge me for my fridge-magnet buying habits)

The quote is:

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit

That’s definitely better than anything I could have come up with.

So on balance we can conclude that I’m about as good as Oscar Wilde but not quite as good as Shakespeare.

If that were remotely true, I would be genuinely happy, but I think I’m some way off being quoted on t-shirts, mugs and other people’s blogs, so I’m no Oscar Wilde just yet…

So there we go. A new tagline has been chosen. Democracy works.

If your particular favourite didn’t get chosen, then don’t lose heart. This is, after all, a fairly facile blog and none of this really matters.

But I had fun and surely that’s the most important thing of all…

  25 comments for “The votes are in!

  1. August 12, 2015 at 11:38 am


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  2. August 12, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Hey I like your tagline, I wasn’t able to vote but I’m glad it won! It’s so paradoxical, it brings so much impact to your blog. More power!! 😀

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    • August 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

      Glad you like it and thanks for following!

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  3. August 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Nice. I like “B” too. Although “C” is a close second. I think humor is a trait that all bloggers/writers should have!

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    • August 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      I agree – and your posts have made me smile more than once 🙂

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  4. August 12, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    What a proclamation – and a tagline that makes you wonder if you read it right, and if you did then what it must mean. I like it.

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    • August 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks – I hope it sums up the blog pretty well. By the way your Avatar is genius!


  5. Vibrant
    August 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Dear James 🙂

    The very first time I visited this blog I voted for the second and communicated about it in the commons, so it’s an honor for me that it has been selected as your tagline finally. 🙂

    I also agree that you are as clever as Wilde. A little practice would make you reach Bard too, I hope. 🙂

    I wish you very best. I enjoy reading your witty posts and would keep doing so in days to come.

    Have a nice day ahead 🙂


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    • August 12, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Anand. A bit of practice and children the world over will be cursing my name in 400 years as they study my work! A man can dream…

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      • Vibrant
        August 12, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        Hahahaha…what an impolite way of saying it 😀 you are a genius 🙂


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  6. August 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I love this with a big ole Double Stuffed Oreo Cookie dunked in milk kind of love. But…honestly, as a wife of 33 years, you are right.
    You should have listened to your wife to begin with…We always know best, so why disagree… It’s truly a losing proposition for hubbies…

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    • August 12, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      I’d like to say I’ve learnt my lesson but I’ll make the same mistake again…

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  7. August 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Yay! I’m glad you went with that one 🙂

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    • August 12, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      I think it is the most ‘me’ 🙂

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  8. August 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    A wise choice and you learned a truly valuable lesson: Always listen to the wife!

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    • August 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Oh how I wish that were true but I’ll definitely make the same mistake again…


  9. August 12, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    I’m not terribly concerned about possible plagarism, but someone needs to change your spellcheck to “favorite” and “realize”, although do keep tyre, ‘cuz I fancy it. Shakespeare pretty nifty, too. ( Love your blog!)

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  10. August 12, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    The spell check already agrees with you because it is American like you. While I agree that most American spellings make more sense than the British spellings, I am British and I have to spell things the British way otherwise my entire understanding of how the English language works would be compromised and I wouldn’t be able to blog at all…


  11. August 13, 2015 at 2:42 am

    I didn’t see your survey when it was posted, but I definitely would have voted for B. Your comment about your frantic google search made me chuckle, as it’s something I would have done. I often doubt that any clever thoughts I have are actually my own – probably a result of reading too much! ha!

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    • August 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

      It true, reading is probably the reason I ever have any good ideas but I’m never 100% sure that anything good is really my own. But then lots of people seem to have made very successful writing careers out of plagiarising the ideas of others so maybe we shouldn’t worry about it so much…


  12. August 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I liked your original tag line, but this one is a more concise form of self deprecation, so I guess I will keep reading your blog. Ha!

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    • August 13, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      ‘A more concise form of self deprecation’ seems like an excellent title for a blog post! Thanks for sticking with me!

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