Tuesday, October 14, 2008

100th Post

I had been planning all along to do a "100 things about me" list for my 100th post. But I already did one of those and it was fun but not so much what is called for here. (They take a bloody long time too.) Then I started to wonder about why we assign more meaning to decadal intervals but a post about ten-base number systems and the human psyche is something only Black Hockey Jesus could pull off. Which brings me around to writing about my blogging experience, mainly the writers I've discovered.

Yeah, yeah... blogging about blogging is supposedly verboten but if I was concerned with guidelines I'd likely have a publisher and a residuals check. This is just for fun.

I actually started blogging about two years ago. A friend of Junior's who is a pentecostal pastor spoke a prophesy over me that I would be a prolific writer. Religious mumbo jumbo aside, I took it to heart and started this blog in which I sought to tackle the great issues of the world. That lasted about six posts and I promptly forgot about it.

For the next two years I continued on thinking that blogging was basically just for society types and political writers who weren't good enough to get published on paper. Then The Missus got her thing going and opened my eyes. She was writing about stuff that happened in my house in a way that made me want to check back daily. So I dug up the old account and waded in again.

The first attempts were pretty shaky and it took a while to get the hang of it. I had a tendency to get preachy or at the very least overly philosophical. I started reading the blogs The Missus was linking to and got some pointers. After a while the proper blend of sarcasm, irreverence and common sense became easier to attain. Brevity seems to be pretty important too, but I've never been one to write a draft and revise. I wrote A papers in college as one-offs, it seems to be working for the blog too.

So, having found myself hopelessly addicted to reading mommy blogs, I was in need of a head alignment and we stumbled upon Black Hockey Jesus. He gets two links in this post because you need to click over there and read his stuff. It will change your life. He was the reason I started The Mister. There seemed to be a dearth of daddy blogs and I was ready to stand in the gap.

Being at the helm of a pair of blogs still wasn't enough to keep me satisfied and I went clicking around to find more blogs to read. This is where the whole thing started to really get interesting for me. I thought I was hooked before. I had only scratched the surface.

One of the best ways to attract people to your blog is to go read other peoples' blogs and post witty comments. If you're snarky witty enough, people will click over and read your stuff. And that was how I met two of my favorite people in cyber space. Up until then, I only interacted with folks on line that I knew in real life.

So now I'm friends with thatgirl who writes Hey You?! Remember Me? which is just about the best thing since dual sweep mids on a small format mixer. (Another reason I started a daddy blog is that the audience isn't necessarily that interested in all the same geeky stuff I am.) Anyway, if I could pick one blog to be stranded on a desert island with, it would be hers. About half her posts delve way back into her formative experience and when she goes there... you better buckle up!

One of the commenters on her blog is ChurchPunkMom who writes Embellished Truth and Polite Fiction. I identify big time with her. I have to continually remind myself that the ROCK doesn't have to stop just because I have short people, and I go to rock concerts for a living. It's good to know there are other people for whom a mohawk is an acceptable hair style for a three year old.

Then there's the people I know in real life who blog. Cousin Jill writes The Daniels Five, possibly for the sole benefit of myself, The Missus, and her real cousin who also happens to be our favorite babysitter of all time. She can't spell to save her life, and you probably have to know her to get half the stuff, but her take on family life makes me know why I'm alive some days.

Somewhere along in there I decided to start a photo blog with some friends as contributors. It's called Outside Relevant for no particular reason. There's not much writing but we keep ourselves amused with pics from our cell phones. And that is how I came to publish three blogs.

There it is, the story of how I got started and who I've met along the way. By my own measure I'm a total success. I never dreamed that people would
  1. Read this thing
  2. Post comments on it
  3. Link to it
  4. Subscribe to it
  5. Become my friend over it
No idea. Completely shocking. Google tells me that ten to fifteen people a day drop in here. Feedburner says that a dozen people subscribe to my feed. I've even managed to earn nearly two dollars from advertising. It's a mad, mad world where people who want to read my ramblings can click on an ad and I get six cents for it. The mind reels.

At any rate. I'm glad to stop in. Sometimes the only feeling of relevance that I get in a day is from knowing that I work all this stuff out at the keyboard and somebody, somewhere thinks it's worth reading. Even better when someone posts something that shifts my mind from the ordinary and relieves me from the daily grind.

Thanks for stopping in.

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  1. oh my gosh! is there really a whole paragraph about ME on your blog??? woah.. and i didn't even shower today.

    you rock.

  2. The shower thing? Not super important in our home. So don't worry.

  3. I'm so glad I fit in with the bad hygene croud! Thanks for pointing me out too! I feel so important

  4. that girl12:20 PM

    AAaawww! You're so sweet! I love reading your posts - isn't it gratifying? I get such a rush when people comment!


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