I started this blog partly under the influence of peer pressure.
I have been a member of the community over at LinkFilter, and had experimented with keeping an online journal there. My posts there had varied from bad poetry to stream-of-consciousness rambling. But I had enjoyed keeping it. I think some of the things I wrote were pretty good.
So why start a new blog? I still enjoy LinkFilter, and am still a member of that community. But several of the people whose contributions I enjoy had left LinkFilter, to start their own blogs. And the tone of the interactions there had taken a darker, more confrontational turn. It seemed like an opportunity to take a new direction, and to have more control. And all the cool kids were doing it.
Even so, I didn’t think anyone but a few LinkFilter alumni would read this, if they did. I sent an email to a few old friends, in case they were interested in tuning in. But I really believed this would be more of an exercise for my own benefit.
And then tonight, someone I didn’t even know left a comment on one of my blog entries. It freaked me out, a little. Intellectually, I knew that other bloggers could find me, but it didn’t occur to me that any of them actually would. Hrmmm.
I hope this doesn’t affect the writing I intended to do in this space. When I started journaling at LF, I didn’t know anyone there, either. And some of them became terrific online acquaintances. I hope I can keep an open mind and a positive outlook.
And thanks for your attention.
I had no idea you were blogging!
I added your link banner to FuzzyTopia, which means your audience is going to skyrocket by at least 3 more readers!
I’ll add your banner, today, as well.
I honestly feel soooo much better having left LF. Having my own site means I get to have the control over my own content. And I still feel I’m part of a community, since many of us are linking to each others sites.
Seriously, life is good…
I was informed a moment ago that someone made a comment at LF about my absence being temporary. This is not the case. I’m gone for good. I also feel it’s kinda lame to quantify top contributers by how much content they post to the site. There was much more to the LF community than just the posted material.
Thanks for the links, guys.
It’s an interesting experiment. I’ll see how it goes.
I’ve had my own blog since before I started on LF. I just seem to be able to be myself more on my own blog. Don’t get me wrong, I go to LF for what it was intended for, but I like having my own space too
You’ll be joining us at the Linkfilter Expatriate Beer Garden before you know it.
I believe I’ll make a banner for LF expatriates.
Just waving, “hello.”
Added to mine, too!
(I just took a bit of an extended vacation/hiatus/escape, myself.)