Some things I have learned by entering the Blogosphere
(blogosphere: Imagine a million lunatics wandering the streets mumbling to themselves. Write it all down and put it on the web. Congratulations, you've just created the blogosphere.-- The Urban Dictionary)
1. Writing a blog doesn't make me an author. Whether I am a writer or not can only be determined by the output. If anything is communicated, and if any of it is worth communicating, then I have written something. Otherwise, not.
2. The fun of participation in the Blogosphere is largely in the reading of others' works. Most bloggers, like myself, are not authors. They are people who like to share experiences or ideas, people who like to play with words and expressions.
3. I have read some blogs in which I get a distinct sense that the writers thereof are endeavoring to recreate themselves. What they present on the internet is not the real person, but a persona. Many of these have defaulted to Facebook or Twitter, great platforms for being more, or less, than they really are. When I encounter a writer who is genuine, who expresses himself or herself well, who actually has interesting things to say, I place that blogger in my reader, and I visit regularly. A disclaimer: Much of my writing is based on nostalgic reminiscing. I do not intend to deceive or misrepresent. But these materials are based on memory, and I will be the first to admit that that creature is a selective beast. And of course I respect your sensibilities and sensitivities too much to reveal myself even to the warts and agnails.
4. I like the interaction with readers who take the time to read an article then leave a comment. Often these exchanges become a more interesting part of the post than the post itself.
5. I have had numerous occasions over the past five years when I considered stopping the whole thing. I will have such times again, I suspect. I suspect, too, that if and when cessation actually occurs it will be on the order of T.S. Eliot's whimper, rather than a great spectacular. I mean, it hasn't been anything spectacular to date, so why would one think it would go out brilliantly?
6. I wish Blogger would develop a feature such that the spam comment folder would be automatically emptied after a certain length of time, or a certain amount of crap has accumulated. The filter does a pretty decent job of catching most of the drivel, but when I'm away from the 'net for a week and return to find a lot of comments in the spam folder, well, that presents a chore I don't much like.
So, stick with me, if you are so inclined. I'll be around until I'm not.
This is post number 1650 of which fewer than ten were written by someone else, and probably not more than ten are repeats of previously posted articles. I really need to get out more.