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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blogging, A Gateway Drug?

Blogging is a community. As much as it may seem solitary, a lonely typist, lost, and confused, having suffered enough solitude takes a chance at being heard. And in some cases it might start that way. Sooner or later, though, if you stick with it long enough, you will find kindred spirits. And then blogging will change, and so will you.

For years I wanted to write a novel. I had the seeds, of a weedy, rambling story rolling around in my head. A beginning, a middle and an end, characters, scenes. But, putting them together was daunting, frightening. But, as my blogging circle grew, and I "met" some real authors, I learned, by reading their posts that much of writing is a nuts and bolts craft. And I wrote a novel, and it stunk!

So, I am rewriting it, with the same story, just a little more emphasis on the story, and less on the words. And, to me, it seems a lot better, though, there may be too many explosions, if that is possible.

From +Adele Archer+S. Bradley Stoner, and +Richard G. Stevens and others I learned that writing is more about telling a story, more about communicating with a reader. It is a bargain you strike with a stranger. An agreement to entertain. Not a series of typed words..

There is an art, yes. And if you read any of their blogs or books, you see that. But, more important to them is the craft of telling a good story.

So, I say to all of you, in my circle of bloggers, thank you, for reading my words over the years, and forgiving my self indulgences. You have all been family. And to those of you with an idea. Fire up your keyboard and let it roll, we are all waiting to hear it.

Until next time, don't forget to drink water, eat your vegetables, and floss. Trust me on this.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Blogging, a Chance To Start Again

Blogging has changed the way I look at the world. It has made me approach things as potential fodder for a blog post. It has made the world a happier place, it has made everything seem a little goofy, that is the whole approach of my blog. It has made me a happier person.

Before blogging everything seemed to be conspiring against me, everything was dark and dangerous. Any meeting at work was an ambush, any meeting I was not invited to was a plot. Of course, it did not take long for the company to quit inviting me to meetings, which was a seditious act of prejudicial elitism. But, now I realize how lucky I am not to set through an awful round of performance art.

Now, even the worst things are approached more clinically, more analytically. When an article about the release of methane once trapped under permafrost still troubles me, but I want to tell others about this. In a futile attempt to force concern on an apathetic population.

My drive to work is filled with the opportunity to view mankind at its aggressive, monstrous, human
best. Weaving in and out of traffic, cutting perilously close to the front of other cars. Dodging, darting, risking death just to shave a few seconds off their drive to work. This madness used to drive me crazy. Now they are all just actors in the play of life. And I am still working them into a story, or post or novel.

Life is a great place, there are countless chances to enjoy the show. But, you have to look at it as a series of separate events. A sequence of opportunities to view the absurd drama that is life. Blogging has helped me reach that point.

Give it a shot. You will find your voice, you will find yourself, and the world will find you. And everybody will be happier. Isn't that enough?


Friday, August 26, 2016

Blogging it ain't for everyone, Yes it is.

I read an article recently that talked about starting a blog. The premise was it was ok to be a little cautious, but don't be afraid. It brought powerful memories of the first timid steps into the world of blogging. Post, shut down the internet and not look for a couple of days. Honestly, I was terrified. Nobody even noticed though. All that sweat and fear for nothing. Blogging is a "victimless crime."

Sometimes you will get lucky and somebody will notice, and sometimes you will get very lucky and somebody will react. Maybe a share, maybe a thumbs up, possibly even a comment. Most times it is only for the thrill of writing something that can be seen around the world, though.

In the article it suggested starting with your Linked In page. It is free and requires no formatting, plus it has a built in audience. I have a Linked In page, but hardly ever visit it. I may try to write something and post it there, if I can find the right tab.

But, the main point is, if you have something to say, this is your chance, your soapbox, your pedestal, your mountain top. Stand tall, stand proud, and say what you have to say. Maybe somebody will listen, maybe not. For me, though, it is too much fun to stop.

You will "meet" some amazing people and you will learn a little something occasionally. There is no good reason not to start a blog, and so many good reasons to start a blog that I lost count. So, I will see you around, right.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Blogging, for everybody.

I started blogging about 5 years ago. The exact date is lost in dusty memories, and faded dreams of glory. It would be easy to find. But, it doesn't really matter. I know it was almost 5 years ago because that is when I quit smoking. Smoking takes a lot of time. With all that free time there were two choices, drive everybody I know mad with my witty, sparkling personality, and probably be murdered by a friend or family member, or find an outlet. I chose the latter.

At first it was a random thing. Post something, close the internet, and hide in shame. A couple of days later I would look and see if anything bad had happened. Nope, still safe. Repeat the cycle.

Then one day, while writing a post I laughed at the undeniable humor, my own humor, right there on the page. I killed me! I was sure sooner or later, it was only a matter of time, somebody would come along and throw money at me, just to do something I was enjoying so much. Huge piles of money. Obscene money.

But, it never happened. And you know what, I am still blogging. And I am still having a gas doing it. And if you think that isn't funny here is something that isn't even funnier. I have been introduced to a whole new way of thinking. Not just about blogging, but life.

There are blogs about almost everything. And reading them is one of life's true pleasures. Peeking into the lives and thoughts of bloggers around the world is revolutionary. People are people everywhere! Who knew?

Bloggers everywhere, talking about their lives. Talking about the things they find important. Or (like me) just writing stuff to stay out of trouble. Together we are much greater than the sum of our parts.

So, don't dismiss the blogger, they have the power to change the world, In fact, you should join in. Start a blog. You won't get rich (if you do tell me how you did it, please) but you will get smarter, and that is cool.

Thank you, for reading.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Blogging, can it change the world, no, but it might change you.

To me blogging is the ultimate act of futile revolution.  It has no real benefit, no reward, no chance to really make much of a difference, but it is the chance to have a voice, to say what I feel needs to be said.

Blogging is where I tilt against today's windmills.

Do I expect to make a difference? Not at all. One thing has become abundantly clear over the course of a long life, Paul Simon, was spot on when he sang, "a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." People are not going to read my blog, and think "war is stupid we should stop." But, it makes me feel better saying it.

Blogging is a place to expand ideas.

For years I have had an idea for a book bouncing around inside the empty cavern of my head. But, I barely know how to make a sentence. So, I use my blog to try out ideas. See what looks good on "paper" so to speak.  I have found I need to make a chart of characters and their idiosyncrasies for the sake of consistency. It is turning into a cast of thousands, or at least dozens, and they are a strange bunch.

Blogging is a great forum for sharing the things you enjoy.

We all think "man, I have the greatest taste in almost everything." But, try convincing your co-worker that Bob Dylan is the ultimate singer song writer and they should listen to "Love and Theft" because it will alter their life, and you will spread a lot of irritation, trust me, I know. But, blogging provides a way to sing the praises of practically anything you enjoy. Sure, you might get some snide comments, but at least it was read.

So, blogging is cool, and crazy. Join the fun, you won't be sorry. In fact, you might be happy, I am.+