Monday, January 16, 2006
Happy Blog Day!
It was one year ago today that I began this blog.
I had heard about blogs for years, but it never occurred to me to actually start one of my own.
So many blogs seemed to be straight out of the "Dear Diary" school of writing that I figured there was nothing there for me.
But I slowly changed my attitude. First of all, what's wrong with Dear Diary? Everyone has a story to tell and you can find life lessons in the most routine lives.
I love to write and I want to be a newspaper columnist, but none of the news organizations I've ever worked for never gave me the chance to write a column.
Instead I had to cover car crashes, house fires, or write about insurance, taxes, real estate and other such thrilling topics. I decided I had to have some kind of showcase for my work, instead of telling editors, "hey, I'm a great columnist, take my word for it. Now give me a job."
So I typed "blog" into the Google search demon and came up with the blogger.com site. I pressed a few buttons and now, I, a card-carrying techno-phobe who has trouble with the DVD player, am part of the information superhighway or whatever the hell they're calling the internet these days.
All right, let's get this show on the road. This is my first post on my first blog.
Ah, yes, my first words as a blogger. I described myself as "47, marooned in Brooklyn without a job, wife or children.
"Most of my big dreams have crashed and burned like the Hindenburg," I blogged, "but that hasn't stopped me from climbing the next bag of hot air and heading back into the sky."
Of course I misspelled the name of the great zepplin in that first post, which I have since corrected. Sorry about that.
Back then I wasn't sure what to write about. I didn't have a theme, I'm not inclinded to write about politics, and even though I love movies, I don't see myself as a critic.
I had recently struck out with two women I had briefly dated and so, taking the "Dear Diary" approach, I wrote about my disappointment. Today I can't remember their names.
I do have a job, and I thank God for it every day, even though it's not a columnist gig, and I still haven't finished the novel. But, if nothing else, I think the attitude is better.
That's also true of my personal point of view. I still don't have a woman in my life, but I'm feeling positive about that, too. All I have to do is find her.
Hello, Out There!
I wrote much shorter back in the day, just a couple of graphs and then I got out. I got over that issue in a hurry and I think I'm well on my way to having a book happening here.
I didn't use illustrations at first, but looking at other blogs convinced me of the need to slip a picture in there, just to give people a break from solid type. Now I wouldn't think about posting a story without an image to go with it.
Back then I had no readers at all, except some twits who would use the comment section to boost their products or services.
I wrote a posting complaining about this very thing on October 4 and got my first real human response from Marsha, who let me know there was at least one person on the planet looking at my work.
More were to follow. My two desert buddies, DesertPeace and Desert Wench soon checked in and Barbara J. Moore dropped by, too.
I can't thank you guys enough for your interest and support. For the longest time I felt I was just shouting into the void, so getting a response back from the cyber-jungle is a tremendous feeling. Again, my thanks and God bless you all.
I want to get more tech knowledge under my belt to make this site more visually appealing. I finally figured out how to link to other blogs, but I don't want to quit there. I want to get in touch with my inner geek and make this blog wail.
At the same time I want to work on my proofreading. Dropped words, misspellings, typos, and other such bonehead errors have no place in any serious work. I apologize for the mistakes and I'll clean up my act. And if you find any typos in this post, well, I'm sorry about that, too.
I'm going to break with tradition and keep this posting short for a change. I just want to say I'm glad I got on board the blog wagon and thanks to all of you who put up with me for the last 12 months.
And now on to Year Two...