So, I finally joined the rest of the world and started my own blog. I guess it is kind of silly that I didn't have a place for just posting whatever the hell I feel like talking about onto the Internet when I've been using it for so long. Especially considering that my job entails me spending a lot of time with a community web site to begin with. That's probably the reason it took me so long - I didn't want to deal with another web site when not at work.
Yet, here I am. In this space, I'm going to talk about whatever pops into my head, and basically talk to no one in particular. Feel free to comment, positively or negatively, or simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, before it starts, I should let you know that I'm not going to be answering any questions about my employer or projects there, and anything I say will not be their opinion. This is for stuff not dealing with work, because I can't really talk about work without it being taken out of context and made into an "official" statement.
I think that sucks, myself. Such is the nature of the Internet, though. Ah, the nature of the Internet... we'll eventually have a conversation about how the anonymous nature of the Internet makes most behave like a racist, homophobic, idiotic schmuck, particularly in forums. Or, rather, you'll hear me complain about it. A lot.
Serves you right for reading this... hehehe. Me, I'm going back to enjoying my vacation. Hope you had a good holiday. Everybody be safe on New Year's.
I don't think the anonymity of the internet makes us post as racist shmucks... I think some people just *are* racist shmucks and their veils are lifted here. And honestly I think that's a good thing. Not that I particularly like racist shmucks, but hey - at least you know exactly what you're dealing with her and have a *real* opportunity to confront it, head on.
I dunno... I definitely started my blog as a place to lift the veil and spill it all out... but at the same time, the values that I have will show forth as much if not more here than they would in 'real' life. Just posting here doesn't make me something I am not... on the contrary... posting here makes me more truthful to who I really am - even if I refrain from exposing myself by name or location. By posting anonymously I have two choices - I can be more honest than usual or less. Personally I choose more, though you have no reason to believe that. I don't think that anyone would choose to be less honest AND act in racist ways. And unfortunately that tells me that those whom you see acting more racistly, are indeed more racist than they let on in their real lives :(
Best of luck to you in the coming year of blogging :)
Well, the problem I see is one of consequences. When I am on the Internet, and nobody knows who I am, what I say doesn't matter. Hell, normally, what I say doesn't matter. What I mean is that I can say something about Jea particular group of people that isn't anything but a slur... and nothing happens to me. Most people don't even say anything online about it - they just write it off as "some kid". What the hell?
There is no consequence to their actions because the nature of the Internet encourages you to let people say what they want. Now, most people who are intelligent adults realize that there are consequences - people listen, especially when you think they're not. But some people on forums (blogs, bungie.net, Xbox Live, etc.), some of whom I know not be in high school yet, are not that smart, apparently. They say crap that they would NEVER say to anyone to their face, simply because that's the "in" thing to do.
At least, I hope they don't say it. The alternative is that our society is more messed up than I thought it already was.
Please, I hope that isn't true, I like being a little idealistic.
Thanks for your comment.
i am only 15 years old yet i am one of the most mature educated people i know im more educated then so many adaults i meet. not that that has to do with anything just showing that not all kids are immature, racist, punk kids and some adaults also. where this is all leading to is that i love reading posts like eagle117 i think his name was and other extremely intelligent forum posters and people in daily life.
Blogger isnt bad (Major Nelson used it for a while). I also recommend MSN Spaces. Visually appealling and has 10MB of space for uploads of photo's and such.
You will find both restrictive.
-- Take a look at Major Nelson's blog, @ www.majornelson.com, he has his RSS feed integrated into the right side of his blog. Its a pretty sick setup.
I have an MSN web space. They provide you with room for blog entries, photos,music you listen to, websites you like etc. If you are really going for this whole 'own web space' thing, i would certainly recommend MSN spaces (No i don't work for MSN, just thought it may be something to think about).
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