The Trouble With FribblesI was recently issued a challenge: to write a Fribble worthy of printing. I rather loudly and publicly announced to the world here that I was sick and tired of seeing the same old Fribble week after week, and if the staff at Fool HQ couldn't maintain it, then they should delete it.I went so far in my exclamatory mode as to wish I had literary talent befitting such a public read, and proceeded to practically tear TFM Bogey's head off—on a Saturday, no less. “When something worthy of print is submitted, then we publish it,” were his words—and I couldn't believe in all the hundreds of thousands of people visiting this site, no one could submit something deemed as “worthy.” Are there specific rules for Fribble creation, such as a limited choice of topics to choose from? A limit of length? Does the topic have to be current and timely? Not that I've seen, based on past performances, but I could be wrong.The reason I haven't submitted anything until now is good old-fashioned fear—exactly WHAT does one say to a naked spotlight? With an English teacher (He/She Who Wields the Red Pen of Doom) nowhere in sight for editing, I feel double-doomed…an unseen editor with no chance for rewrites, shaking his/her head silently while reading my missive, wielding his/her OWN red pen of doom…and I have no chance for rewrites!While I am no English major, surely I can submit SOMETHING for this…after all, I have no problem writing for my own board, right? Then I look at the contents of my own board, and notice the staggering amount of links posted instead of from-the-heart commentary—then I remember my mission: to inform first, then discuss later (if anyone wishes to). Staring at a blank message board screen can be very distracting…and it can be the greatest intimidator of all.So, in the words of Ethel Merman, “Stage fright's a waste of time--what're they gonna do, kill ya?”, I submit this to the mercies of the Unseen Editor of the Frbble department in hopes it doesn't turn out to be the Joke of the Day. I guess Ethel knew EXACTLY what to say to a naked spotlight.
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