I like it. I’ve been doing it, to all intents and purposes since before there was an internet. I started doing the sorts of things I do on my livejournal in 1984, or so; when one used the mail to distribute the conversation.
And I like Livejournal, but it’s not working for me as a platform. So I’ve started this.
What is this? A blog. A place for me to talk about things I like, my life, photography, books, music, conventions, science fiction fandom, food, beer, wine, work, politics, woodworking, knives, whatever strikes my fancy.
The rules here aren’t going to be all that different from my Lj: Be nice to one another. Doesn’t mean you can’t be heated. Strong language may be used; but don’t forget there is a real person on the other end of the conversation. You can be anyone you want to be, so long as you have a persistent identity. I don’t need to know who you are, but community requires accountability. I’ll be moderating things. I practice disemvowelment.
If you want to know who I am… Hell if I can tell you. I’m in my 40s. I’ve been a machinist, a soldier, done some catering, and worked in pizza. I played the cello, and play the penny-whistle. I’ve acted. I was a studio projectionist, and a security guard. I’ve sold books, and games and cookware. I’ve been a model. I spent 15 years teaching people how to do interrogation. I’ve been to Korea, Ukraine, Germany, Scotland and Iraq for the US Army. I’ve lived on both coasts, and in the middle of the country. I love deserts, and mountains and oceans. I eat meat, and grow plants. Like Nero Wolfe I don’t think anyone should be hungry, so when I can, I feed them. I’ve several hundreds of thousand of words about it, and asides and the like, at the aformentioned Lj, from my “liveblogging” my time in Iraq (which I sent home to be printed in an Amateur Press Association, the aforementioned “blog before there were blogs) to the present election; and all sorts of points in between.
I am a liberal and while it took a while I’ve become much more willing to say that out loud. I think Obama is the best of a bad lot; and I’d like to see a much more liberal president. It saddens me to think that I might be happier if Nixon were in office again; because he was more liberal than anyone who’s been elected since I gained the franchise.
I like people. “Be good to one another” is probably the guiding principle I’ve taken to heart. So that’s a lot of what I talk about, when it comes to politics. I see people who aren’t promoting that idea, and it pisses me off.
And, for good or ill, a lot of what spurs me to write is that something has annoyed me. I don’t like living in a state of frustration, and I recall the sense that I was alone in what I thought. The Net has ameliorated that, given me (and a whole lot of others) a place to vent, and share, and talk; to find that we aren’t alone.
I like people, and the world we share. I should like to think there is a lot of Boomdeyadda to be had.