I've been blogging three months. Given the fact that some folks have been blogging three years or longer, it ain't no big deal to anyone but me. But it has been a real learning experience:
1) Can I be disciplined enough to post something, however slight, every day? So far, the answer, surprisingly (to me) is yes.
2) Will this allow me to "get in touch" with buried stuff, exhibiting existential angst in the public marketplace? Well, yes and no. I've certainly learned stuff about me (and you have, too.) But I DO have an edit button most of the time. So whatever salacious stuff you've seen, know that there's even worse stuff in my head that you haven't seen (and may never see - or you will, someday, maybe.)
3) Will anyone actually read this thing? Well, apparently, yes. To gauge that further, I've changed the settings so that any strange person can reply to my messages, rather than any strange person registered with Blogger. I reserve the right to alter that again, of course.
4) Will I get sucked up into this blogisphere, checking out other sites? Well, some.
The only site I visit every day without fail (unless he posts after my bedtime) is Mr. Hembeck's. He suckered me into this, after all. Besides, occasionally I can get a mention in his column
(July 23, plus some JEOPARDY! plugs).
Often, after I have posted, I hit the Next Blog button in upper right of my page. Sometimes, I find sweet pieces like this one. I almost ALWAYS find a plug for Texas Hold 'Em. Want a Spanish-language review of the movie Sin City? How about a political rant of a total stranger? And how the heck can I possible hit the same blog twice, given the number of new entrants into the arena?
At Mr. Hembeck's suggestion, I've been regularly going to News from Me by Mark Evanier, a very newsworthy source. And he rants about the same political stuff that irks me, only he does it better. Also, I read one of my favorite comic writer's blog, one Steve Gerber.
I've been checking out the folks involved with Chris Brown's Mixed Bag CD exchange (May 23), and some of them are quite entertaining. But I have to make special mention of Greg Burgas, who has two daughters, at least two blogs (one about his aforementioned two daughters), and inexplicably but happily, too much time on his hands.
In re: the Mixed CD folks, one of the goals for the month will be to start to review those tunes, probably two discs at a time, once this week, then twice a week until they're done. I'd say Wednesdays and Saturdays except that I've already foreseen some exceptions to that rule.
Oh, and if there are issues you know that I know about that I haven't written about, please let me know. I may decide that now's not the time, but I will keep it "under advisement," as they say.
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