Now, why is it I blog?

A very relevant question, asked be Aphra - and I shall hurry firstly with my apologies by the rather late answer. Mostly caused by being in the deep of Southern Sweden with my Scouts for the last week.

The original and fundamental reason, I believe, is that I'm sometimes something of a nerd. There, out it came. So I like trying out these new things and such a lot of them have happened on computers in our lifetime, hasn't it? I started nerding for real at around 15 with programming in Comal and Basic and have had a good time with computers ever since. So when weblogging came around, of course I had to try.

Having a presence on H2G2 for soon-to-be 8 years have made it clear to me that whatever, I must write. So I praise my luck for living in a time where writing and putting it out for someone to read - many or precious few - is so much easier than when you had to do battle to find someone willing to master Gutenberg's innovation with lead, ink and paper for you.

I might be rationalising here, but the next reason is that I always also has had a wish to "show off" my photographies. At least I can claim honestly that around the age of 15-16 (gee, much happened then, huh?) I had several pictures accepted for a local exhibition - some black & white work including a rather strange dark room experimental one. At least with digital, you're through with getting chemical stains on your fingers and blocking off access to the spare bathroom.

When I started this blog, I had in mind to take all three of the above and combine it with wrestling with webdesign. Which is why I wrote:

"Lets see how it goes. Once this blog finds its feet and stands on less shaky ground, it may be made obsolete and cast aside to make room for The Real One. Or it may not."

I honestly must say that I haven't got around to do that one yet... I have a name for it I like and sketches of the graphical layout I want - but quite simply haven't taken the time actually do it. Partly because I have had our scouting group's website to immerse myself in. Recently made it into a - non-public - wiki for ease of updates. More nerdiness :) Link, if you should be interested to have a wee look (it's all in Danish).

That was four. The fifth? I guess, quite simply, that it's become something in the continuum from a nice habit to an addiction. At least, it's a more socially acceptable one than a lot of other addiction I can think of ;) Although it does raise the question of why I don't do it all the time but somewhat sporadically, I guess.

I'd like - have liked - to take the tagging business with this one out of the rather closely knit group of people I hang out with on the 'net . But I haven't yet found the candidates. Will update if I do.

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Blogger Aphra Behn said...

Thank you for answering, Santra. I knew your answers'd be interesting. Am I right in thinking that the blogosphere seems sadly flat in comparison to the lively community in h2g2?

It is also refreshing to find a blogger who blogs for "nerdy" reasons rather than primarily for writerly ones, (though that may be a commen t obn my reading more than anything else.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.


16/07/07 23:10  
Blogger Ole said...

No problem. As you wrote - or at least as I got it - it's probably not a bad thing to stop and give it a think. After all, I've had this for a little less than 4 years now.

I think I may be caught a little between two chairs - I started for the web experimenation but has grown a little fond of the (let's just face it) self-expression it conveniently allows.

Still most for my own indulgence. Not that I mind a comment, obviously, but if blog-fame was what I really wanted, I think I should choose some more hot topics than the garden apple tree ;) And do some blog-marketing tacticals. Honestly, I can't be bothered.

And yes, that is partly because my need for interacting is nicely filled at H2G2. Between the Salon, Hati's Summerhouse and my own Bar, there's enough of a variety from silliness to horizon-widening discussions to keep my quite happy.

17/07/07 10:20  

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