Wednesday, June 21, 2006

One Month in the Blogosphere!

I just realized that it was a month ago today that Alice in Wonderland-like I tripped on a rabbit hole and fell into the amazing world of blogging.

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to
Alice: I don't much care where.
The Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.
Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.
The Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

I'm still not quite sure where I'm going with this....


At 11:15 PM, Blogger Minx said...

Oh good, drinks over here as well!

Forward Susan?
Don't even think about it, direction will find you!

Can I just say, from those first 'what am I doing here' posts of yours, I now hear a very strong writing voice with a sharp line in commentary.
For a woman who was blognapped, I think you're doing just great, stick around a while, it's good for the soul.

At 12:00 AM, Anonymous skint writer said...

Susan - the Patti Hearst of the blogosphere. Just don't go robbing any banks now :)

Seriously though, Shri Minx has said it all - keep on walking . .

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Thanks, Minx and Skint! It seems strange though - I feel that I should have some kind of a focus, or a plot summary or something to work from. I suppose though that I will just 'keep on walking' until I find a comfortable pulpit from which to pontificate. And therein lies the problem! I just realized it...I have no 'lessons' in me. I'm only a learner.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Minx said...

This life is the schoolroom Susan, we are all pupils.

Plot? What's that then?

At 4:17 AM, Blogger Douglas said...

Congratulations on your first month! I'm writing to inform you that you are about to pass a milestone in your development as a blogger. You are being tagged with a meme by me! Here's how it works 1) you must write a post that links back to the tagger (that would be me), 2) you must name the situation comedy character that you would most like to be (you can see my response here), 3) you must tag three other bloggers.

At 6:06 AM, Blogger Shirazi said...

You are heading a long way. I can see that. Remeber, I said that.

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Thank you Douglas and Shirazi! Douglas, in case you hadn't noticed, I'm totally clueless... This meme business has me bewildered. Is it a variant on chain letters? I'll catch up with you in a minute (or perhaps it'll take me longer!) I'm on it-- Thanks for including me!

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Douglas said...

Yes, memes are like chain letters, only without the promises of happy outcomes for extending the chain, and unhappy outcomes for breaking the chain. People participate in them because it furthers social interaction. For example, you've now met my friend Shirazi in Pakistan.

As to the mechanics of linking, here's one way to do it. You have a link to Crossword Bebop in your sidebar. Right-click on that link, and select "Copy Shortcut" Get into Blogger, start writing a post, type whatever text you want to link to me (like "Douglas," for example), select that text using either your mouse or the keyboard, then click on the little icon that looks like the link of a chain over the world. A small dialog box should appear saying "Enter URL:" Move your cursor to the text box in that dialog, then right-click. A list of options including "Paste" should appear. Select "Paste" then click "OK" on the dialog box. The link should then appear in the window containing your post. Let me know if that helps.

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Maxine said...

I have to admit I have never got into these meme things, I have seen a lot of them about.
It is when a blog lists somethign, usually an ego trip for the blogger, eg "ten things I love about me". Then other bloggers see it or are sent it, think it is a good idea, and post the list on their own blogs but with their own answers in.
But I hadn't appreciated Douglas's point about the social aspects. I have found that one can make friends via reading comments in other people's blogs, eg I got friendly with you, Susan, via reading all your comments on Deblog for some time. I began to feel I knew you through her even though I had never directly interacted with you. I've met quite a few bloggers that way and for me it is more rewarding and personal than memes. But each to his/her own, is the motto of blogland!

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Susan said...

Thank you, Douglas and Maxine! It's true, Maxine, you do come to sense the real person by simply reading his/her day-to-day output of comments. After a while you know who you like and can relate to.

And Douglas, thank you so much for the information! My jaw went slack reading your instructions (I am so "in over my head" here!)but I plan to cut-and-paste your comment into notepad and then print it out for myself. From there, I'll proceed to a small craft session and decorate the instructions with highlighter. I know I'll do an excellent job there! I am going to figure this out -- eventually.


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