Jenna Burke, one of the 25 women on this season of The Bachelor, is a self-proclaimed “over-analyst” by hobby and blogger by trade. Last night I was sitting at home reuniting myself with Chris Harrison (oh, how I’ve missed him!) and the amazing chaos that can only come from putting one single man in a room full of drunk, also single women. One of the best parts of the first episode is getting to know the contestants — model, teacher, dentist…there’s always a dentist, food lover, carnival enthusiast, aspiring cat lady. As you might guess, it made me jump for joy to see a fellow blogger being tossed into the ring for a shot at love.
It took me no time at all to whip out my trusty laptop and pull up Jenna’s site, TheOverAnalyst.net. Glancing at her home page, I almost had a heart attack. This was not a blog. Not a real one, at least. “SHAM!” I cried to myself, “She’s a SHAM!!” When I noticed the “your default text” place holders instead of posts (pictured above), I searched for an explanation on Jenna’s About page. Surely there had to be some sense behind this madness. Here’s what I found:
“I enjoy analyzing. It’s one of the things people may consider a problem, yet it’s one of the things I really like to do. I think it makes us more interesting and leads us to new discoveries. Overanalyzing happens because you really have a deep interest in learning about life, the good and the bad. I embrace my desires, I feel inspired and I witness the beauty.”
Okay. So she enjoys analyzing. Perhaps I should try clicking through her archives. See what’s what. She could have just taken a break from posting because she’s been on the show, right? Right. Okay. Sleuth hat on. Scanning through the Love section — because if there’s one part of your life to analyze, it’s your love life — what I found was less than exciting. While there were a handful of poorly-written longer posts, most of what she had to share consisted of a picture and a brief caption. This “blogger” was proving to be anything but. And do I even need to tell you she’s not pulling any income from this blog? There are no ads anywhere, no comments to show she has a significant readership. All this begs the question, what does she really do for a living? It’s not cheap living in Manhattan, which she does, so she’s gotta be pulling in come from somewhere.
Does this strike anyone else as odd? Do you wish she just cited that she was a model, actress or student like the other unemployed contestants do? Does simply having a blog suddenly make you a blogger by profession?