Oct 7, 2005

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore

These past few days my blogging experience (newly-found, mind you) has been on a roller-coaster ride. I clicked here and there and there and everywhere. I was out of control. My mouse was burning optical rubber! Soooooooooooooooooo many blogs! (How many people are out there anyway, huh?) My Firefox bookmarks are stuffed with "must-see, wanna-revisit" english & greek blogs. I can't begin to recount how many italian, french, german, chinese(?), other-latin-character writings I stumbled upon that I wasn't able to read!

I am in awe of the explosive magnitude of blogging. Here you have this magnificent variety of people's thoughts parading around on your screen and at the same time this frightening notion that you have entered Internet's twilight zone.

I was so overwhelmed, that second doubts about having my own blog began resurfacing, "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore".

Then I read How to blog by Tony Pierce essay. Very "just-do-it" mentality, which reasserted my initial excitement in blogs. While reading, I realized that I had broken rule number 5 (don't let friends, relatives, colleagues know about your blog). Ooops, too late! Well, this particular writer supports "let-it-all-hang-out" blogs, so I could see how you might upset your relatives when you start denouncing your gene pool.

Three mouse clicks away I ran across this article from which I quote: "The personal weblog is content-driven, not audience-driven; it's not about trying to write content that pleases a mass audience - it's about finding an audience that wants to read what you write."

I am still not sure why, but I feel so cathartic when posting and finding co-bloggers of the same subculture out there in cyberspace. Blogs are indeed much cheaper than therapists! And with that, my little "Whacha-wanna-blog-for" devil perched on my shoulder has vanished!

I'm off, off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of BLOG!