If there ever was ever a topic that is subjective...it is humor. What may be funny to one person, may be an insult to another person. That's why being successful in the business of humor can be so difficult for many people including myself, etc.
I've been in the humor business for over 50 years, so I have a big advantage over many people, as far as experience in humor is concerned. And, I have plenty of "egg on my face," and I've eaten a "flock of crow," to proove it! (this is your life's work, Jer?)
Because I'm not a musician, I can't "toot my horn," but I've been told by many people over the years, that I should have been a stand-up comedian. That would never happen because I suffer from, what millions of people suffer from...stage fright! Humor is quite delicate...and requires a smooth delevery and I would quickly freeze up in front of a lot of people, and I would quickly be shown the door! (YAWN!)
Being funny...is a lot easier than writing funny. All the tools of the trade are available for being funny...a pie in the face; a barrel of soft-drink over the head; a double-take; the blank stare; a practical joke and so forth. Writing funny is a different ballgame, especially on the Internet. Writing is easy...and most of us write everyday! But, writing WELL is not so easy, and writing well, in my view, is to write "interestingly." To do that, a person has to be a good story-teller, and I don't care if the person is a creative writer or a reporter or journalist. That person has to be able to keep the attention of the reader throughout the writing piece. If that person is not "interesting" in the first place, that person cannot write interestingly...and that person will never write humor either. In order to write funny, that person has to be funny in the first place...it can't be any other way! (I don't think this piece is interesting, Jer, you're putting me to sleep)
As a woodcarver (25 years), I'm out of the art and craft world, and I have no background in writing whatsoever. Over the years, I've carved over 200 cartoon-like characters in wood. I had my hands full, teaching myself to carve wood...but n-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o I had to stick my nose into the diffucult field of writing! I must be crazy!
This is how my interest in writing began, as I placed captions on most of my wood carvings, which was pretty unusual to say the least. Wood figures talking? I used little pieces of white card stock...about 2" x 2" to place the captions, etc., and people over the years seemed to like them. I've always taken chances with my work, and I'll do the same thing in writing. I also wrote descriptions of the wood pieces and what went into them, and any problems connected with them, etc.
Over the years, I've participated in over 40 arts and craft shows all across the state of New Mexico (where I live), and I have seen for myself, up close and personal, the reaction from the general public who attended the show. The smiles; the frowns; the chit-chat, and I could listen to the comments and opinions concerning my work. (mostly frowns, right Jer?)
But, on the Internet...it's different! I can't see anyone on the Internet, so I don't know if something I write is funny or not, so I have to rely on my experience in humor. That's why I have a big advantage over many people, and I have to rely on instinct. If a piece is humorous to me...I go with it! If not, I put it on the back-burner and do a little work on it.
What makes it a little difficult for me, is that I am a novice in writing (2006/07), and I'm still trying to find my confidence in writing. To be confortable, in calling myself a writer or a humor writer, I have to have a few credits...build a resume in writing, which would give me the confidence I need. I have to find the where-with-all to write something that people will read. I have to write 'interestingly" first...and then add a splash of humor! At the end of 2006, I have had over 40 of my articles published on other websites, and many of these articles are humor or humor-related, so my conficence has gone up! (beginner's luck, Jer?)
Just think...Jerry the writer? Jerry the humor writer? Jerry the author...
W-o-o-o-o-o-W! (in your dreams, Jer, in your dreams!) Despite my successful start in writing, I'm still reluctant to call myself a writer...or a humor writer, etc. I have to accomplish much more in writing before that can happen. But, one thing is certain...I will never be a stand-up comedian...and because of my stage-fright...I'll have to settle for being a "sit-down comedian" on the computer! (gee, Jer, I didn't know you were in the humor business...why didn't you tell us?