ilona the pest

insecurity + narcissism = awesome!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

questions from the peanut gallery: am i annoying?

i've been getting some random heckling in the comments section, so instead of continuing to answer them in the comments section i thought i might as well take it to the main stage.

Anonymous said...
Are you as annoying in person as you come across in your videos?

i don't think most people would describe me as annoying. i definitely was regularly described as annoying in my hyperactive youth, but i've done a pretty good job keeping that in check ever since i started becoming aware of social conventions around age 12. these days i think most people (at least those i don't know very well) would describe me as shy and quiet in person. i guess that's part of why i started this blog, you know? to give myself permission to be more free and open and take more risks than my strict internal censors will usually allow when i'm interacting with other people in person. it's fun - you should try it.

but i do think i can be a rather charming conversationalist, and pretty funny, when the mood strikes me, so maybe you'd find that annoying, if you're the kind of person who finds any expression of self-confidence annoying. if that's you, you would almost definitely be annoyed if you saw me singing karaoke, too. or doing a silly dance on the great wall of china when no one was around.


  • At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You have lots of stalkers here:

    Does Pud post there?

  • At 11:30 PM, Blogger lcc202003 said…

    i don't think you're annoying. it's a blog, you end up posting the minutiae and random bits of what's going on in your life, some people view it as self-absorbing and navel-gazing (=annoying) but i've been enjoying it and find it entertaining. btw, i wandered onto your blog through jk's blog (i'll refrain from posting his full name, i knew him in college and dormed on the same floor with him freshman year). yeah, that's neither here nor there...anyway, forget the naysayers and keep doing your thing.

  • At 1:41 AM, Blogger ilona said…

    1. yes, i know, but i appreciate the tip-off. no, he doesn't. (but sometimes i do. shh, don't tell the stalkers.)

    2. thanks for the support! :) jk is awesome.

  • At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ilona is proof that women like jerks. :(

  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger jk said…

    ilona. you are completely annoying and charming and cute--just like me!!! don't swett it.

    and did you make a movie of you dancing on the great wall?

    happy birthday and congratz w/ publication!

  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    3. he's not a jerk! honest, he's sweet to ME... :D

    4. thanks for the reassurance. i was just trying to show the haters that i am unfazed by their immature and misplaced attempts to insult me.

    such a video may possibly exist:

  • At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


  • At 2:49 AM, Blogger ilona said…

    hey! >:(

  • At 11:32 AM, Blogger jk said…

    ilona, it's all about owning the power of your annoyingness. harness it and ride it to the top!

    just like me!

  • At 3:08 PM, Blogger jk said…

    something i forgot to add is that: you did name the blog--ilona the pest. while we all get the bcleary ref, i'm still guessing you named it with a wink.

    "I WANT CANDY!!!"


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