Blogging for the LOVE of it..

I've had the pleasure of meeting some of my fellow bloggers in person...I loved meeting them all after reading so much of their blogs...after a while, you feel that you know a lot about them...when really, how someone writes can often give you a false sense of what they might or might not be like...I was really shocked when I first met the bloggers...they were all incredible people, and not NEARLY as vitriolic in person as they often are on their sites...sure, we all ranted, but it didn't have the same kind of venom that it does on the site...our words - when we type them - lack a certain sense of presence...and can often be taken out of context...

I was just over at the Acidman's abode, and read THIS POST....It was talking about traffic, and links, and the usual stuff...and I suddenly had a flashback from the Jawjah Blogmeet....

I had just walked into the bar, noticed the group of crazies in the corner...walked over...and Acidman stood up, leaned over the table and said..."Hmm...do we have a fellow blogger here?!!"...to which..I...like an idiot, said..."Hey Acidman, I'm the Straight White Guy"...HA!...well, you just had to be there...so, he says..."ERIC! Glad you could make it! Let me buy you a beer!"...well, within 30 seconds, I had a pint of Sam Adams sitting in front of me...I was pretty nervous about meeting everyone, but no sooner had I taken my first sip of beer when he dropped the bomb...

"So, Eric, tell us all how you got started blogging..."....DAMN...I was on the spot...anyway, I told my story...and then, slowly, everyone else began relating THEIR reasons for starting blogs...and not a single person around that table said it was for "Links", "Traffic", or whatever...most of us just want to write...good, bad, or indifferent...we just want to write....hell, we'd write if NOBODY read us...writing is therapeutic...writing is good....

I like to tell jokes and rant....which, is pretty much what I do in real life....my blog is sometimes political...sometimes funny....and sometimes I tell a story....I don't really do it for anyone except myself....As I have said before, I look at my hits and referrals a lot, but I do it because I want to see if there are other funny, some-times-political-storytellers out there....not to boost my ego...I guess that's why I ended up with the title of my blog as "Straight White Guy"..

I had been reading blogs for a while...Eject Eject Eject....Gut Rumbles....Nicedoggie....IMAO....The Dax Files...Velociman....and Baldilocks...and, after asking Dax for advice on starting a blog, I found blogspot....I pressed a few buttons, and suddenly, it asked me for the name of my blog....I had no idea...so, I sat here looking at the screen for all of 15 seconds...What clever name could I use?...What would be eye-catching??...nope, no ideas....so, I just took a sip of Scotch and thought..."Straight White Guy"....and that was it..I was suddenly www.straightwhiteguy.blogspot.com....only NOW am I realizing that we bloggers brand ourselves - As Adam has told me - with our name and content..

I guess what I'm trying to say is this...blogging isn't a popularity contest to me, or any of the bloggers that I met in Jawjuh....We do it because we enjoy it...Hell, if I stopped blogging today - after only barely two months of doing it - it has ALREADY been worth the effort...I have met friends that I never EVER would have met if it hadn't been for throwing some words up onto this damn screen...hehehe...not that I'm thinking of quitting blogging, but the people that I met at the blogmeet were genuine great human beings...and I'm all the better for knowing them....so,...hit-counters...popdex....referral pages, and links...are NOT the product of good bloggin'...the product of good bloggin' is meeting good friends...you guys know who you are...right?

by Eric on November 17, 2003 | Comments(10) | Psycho Rants
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Comments so far:

BWHAHAHA! Polite conversation? I seem to recall a "ball-slapping" story flying out of your neck that night.

It was a memorable moment.

posted by: Acidman on November 17, 2003 09:45 PM

Eric, don't doubt for a minute brother. YOu pegged it. As far as I'm concerned. Of course, I would not mind having 1/2 million hits like A-man.
Excuse the grammar, the turkey's been here.

posted by: ken on November 17, 2003 10:36 PM

I have engaged in more (and far nastier) fights on the internet with people I have never met than I ever have in real life person - to - person. When people meet face to face there tend to be consequences for actions taken and things said. If you remove the consequences, you often remove the civility. Most people go thru life avoiding conflict, but from the shield of near anonymity the net provides they easily get carried away by text. All that shit they hold back comes flooding out; is it because no one is there to punch them in the face? Just speculating.

posted by: Werbinox on November 18, 2003 01:22 AM

Well said, Eric... well said.

And Jay -- yep, it's pretty much because there's no threat of losing teeth ;-)

posted by: Donnie on November 18, 2003 09:54 AM

Here, here, Eric.

And Acidman, it was ball-'SPANKIN'

I remember all too well.

posted by: Adam on November 18, 2003 10:19 AM

BLOGGING IS ADDICTIVE.
I've been thinking about blogging on THAT. It's consuming. How do you people keep up with current events, write, have time to visit your blogroll, and still maintain some semblance of ORDER in your life?
Yeah, I'm doing it, and I love it. But it's consuming, and my husband is treating me as though I've developed some freakish habit that needs an intervention.

posted by: Key on November 18, 2003 11:00 AM

Well, I'm in it for the fame and fortune.
Yeah, you see how well that's going, huh?
All good points, Eric. :)

posted by: LeeAnn on November 18, 2003 11:55 AM

Very well said, Eric. Its cool that you have met some of your fellow bloggers. I've been blogging only slightly longer than you, and I haven't had the chance to meet anybody new that I already didn't know.

And Key... No shit... same scenario here only my wife would like to intervene. It is addictive... Fo Sho.

posted by: gooseneck on November 18, 2003 04:45 PM

Adam is correct. It was "ball spanking," triggered by a story from Key.

posted by: Acidman on November 19, 2003 06:47 PM

Okay, haha.

CAN WE ALL AGREE THAT THE TOPIC HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY EXHAUSTED AT THIS POINT?!?

But to clarify, the "ball spanking" was a digression contributed by Eric.

My aversion has to do with spanking of the traditional variety.

posted by: Key on November 21, 2003 12:56 PM