Friday, April 2, 2010

Yeah, About That Thing I Said Yesterday...

I’m here.

I’m not going anywhere.

A lot of you saw through the charade.

But some of you didn’t. You left some nice comments. Some of you called WonderWife™ to find out if it was true. And while absorbing your collective reaction, I realized something--it wasn’t the best April Fool’s joke.

A good April Fool’s prank is one that is both slightly believable and slightly outrageous. Like this. Or this. Or even my rather lame attempt last year. The best ones are the ones where you fall for the joke for a second, then you’re in on it.

Yesterday’s post was inadvertently a little like throwing a funeral for myself. I thought that most of you would automatically see through it. But for some of you, the execution was a little too poker faced.  A few of you seemed genuinely sad.  Thank you for caring.  I am touched.  

But it's not true. 

I think Sci-Fi Dad said it best when he said:
In other news, DGB has also decided to give up bacon and one-off, special edition candy bars.

So to reiterate, I’m not giving up the blog. Because if I don’t write all of this stuff down, how am I going to ever remember it happened?


handstowar said...

Hmmm... interesting concept. If you always wondered who cared about your blog then pretend you're leaving it. I might have to try that... even though I missed April fools day to post it. I'm an idiot.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

hands...It wasn't my intention to do it to see who would mourn for me. I really thought that everybody would see it as a transparent April Fool's prank. It was only when some seemed to take it seriously that I started to feel guilty about it.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Kinda like hovering over your own funeral.

I was just there for the food.

ZenMom said...

You're lucky I missed it. I'm too trusting to be allowed on the big bad internet on April 1. But if I had been here, I'd have either 1) Mourned and lamented or 2) Kicked your ass. ;)

Vancetastic said...

I continue to be amazed at the things people fall for on 4/1. (I didn't read this in time, but I would have been one of the ones calling you out.) The one that really got me this year was a friend of mine changing his relationship status to "single" from "married" on facebook. I felt really sad about that. Of course, he was "married" again the next day. Good one, but oh so dangerous. I hope he didn't get too many "I never liked her anyway" emails from people in the one day his joke was going on.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

James...I hope they served bacon.

Zen...You mighta done both.

Vance...That's exactly the kind of "prank" I'm talking about. There's no joy in it, it's only meant to shock. A joke isn't a good one when it makes people upset.

Vancetastic said...

April Fool's jokes can be dangerous -- and have unintended consequences -- regardless of what they are. We pranked the newest guy in my department by changing his password, and when he came to us to ask about why he couldn't get in, we told him he needed to go talk to our boss about it. Our boss was hoping that he'd be quaking in his shoes and think he was going to get fired, which in itself is kind of mean. Instead, he sauntered on in to our boss' office, and even when our boss told him he'd had us change his password, and that they needed to talk, he still didn't look scared. Weirdly, that reaction in itself had a strange effect on my boss -- when he didn't get the response he was looking for, it almost made him question why the guy WASN'T scared -- was he too comfortable? Too confident that his job couldn't possibly be in danger? It got my brain whizzing about a story idea where a guy's life is ruined by a backfired April Fool's joke -- he eventually gets fired as an indirect result of not appearing afraid that he COULD be fired.

SciFi Dad said...

I was going to prank again but figured everyone would expect it this year so I didn't.