Hi, happy Friday.
Did I mention "humor?" That was my humorous imitation of what I might say in RL, F2F - "with my effort at imitation
Never been to Australia. Would like to visit. New Zealand also. I am in New York. Where I live. I'm American, born, bred, and (recently) embarrassed to say...
Sorry, unfair maybe to go full stream of consciousness (with fast typing and reaction). It's me in my off-duty, playful hat, stream-of-consciousness, as is often the case in my spare time to interact with the world. For mutual growth/fun.
I'm usually very, very busy and so when I carve out time to check social etc., again it's fast wit, typing, and stream of thoughts if I know I must be quick.
No, I did not get married. I attended a wedding - not my own - near Boston, Mass and am home (NY) now, and plotting my next escape for a needed travel/photo vacation. Meanwhile working, and like many others, a bit overwhelmed by TMI.
Privacy and stealing - Short answer is, well, "who isn't?" (online), between Google, Facebook, and Amazon. among others. Facebook was founded on privacy invasion and sharing everything
(to FB) and has only dug in more. Google too, lives on selling ads and turning your likes & browsing into ad serves.
And Amazon, and TripAdvisor, and .... But that's unpacking a lot of "privacy issues", one aspect of the downside of the Net today (we agree to use the structure such as its become, and many are fine with it. I don't want to seem an uber-cynic, even if I may be.) The "thieves" are the big Co's who have basically taken over what was designed to be non-commercial Internet, and "monetized" US.
Blogs - "short version" (I enjoy questions/clarifying if desired). But I'm feeling so concrete and anti-art luddite at the moment... Poetry is much more divine. ;
I have never been a booster blogs, never liked the word (still don't), a bastardized condensation of "web log". I wrote full-length articles and essays for list-servs, email forums, e-forums, and my own website (which admittedly was a special instance in the 90's, 00's, before FB took over the internet and media landscape).
So yes, blogs are a great thing for someone who wants to share poetry or prose, technical articles, coding/tech essays, whatever - great for someone that does not have a website or other existing place. As I say, artists have Deviant Art, photographers (and their fans) have forums, Instagram, etc., and there is also Scribe and Google Scholar and specialized sites/archives. Thing is, as you say - how do you get people to find your stuff? It's harder & harder, post Google+ (IMM) as even some very high-powered tech folks were struggling to move communities and groups to non-Google places. The choices included WordPress, as an easy way to post blogs from G+, as they could be imported and re-posted. Some did that, some are still doing that, many blogs you see "here" for example. It's nice as it allows for individuality, text and artwork embellishment, whatever.... BUT, the trick is (1) having a platform which works for you; and (2) having it be find-able.
Pora* (this) is very good about publicly posting what you want to be "public" so that it is indexed quickly by Google, which surprised me, but it's true. (Hey, they have to get their search listings for somewhere, other than Google+ !) If you write a poem about "the last flamingo" and want people to find it if they search for "poem about flamingo", here you just tag #flamingo
and post publicly, and it will be Google indexed. Do the same thing on a blog - any type, any subject, but posted here - publicly and with search tags - and you may build followers (if that's your goal) or just be found by friends or interested readers.
Hm, you told me a long time ago you're in New England? Sorry, must be my weary brain. Although.... I've just read every word from you to me since my contact 7 days ago, and.... maybe my eyes are bad too. (Well, I know they are.)
I had no clue, thought maybe you were in France. No clues on your profile, either.
Anyway, to use the term I very
reluctantly use at times: IIWII (~It is what it is)
:)) Or in Popeye dialect (I can do that too) "I yam what I yam". toot toot.
Enjoy! Your wine, your evening, your weekend. Thanks for the intro! NE/WA, eh?
Nice. I agree, Washington (State) and parts of New England are quite lovely.
And autumn is coming.... Foliage time! Tough to watch that in LA - or even HI. ;
Where it's lunch time! Still, Saturday is on its way! Have a good one.