Thursday, January 05, 2006

That's What It's All About - Blogging

Everyone Has A Story

Taking a cue from Jaimie, she posed a question to her readers. It was initialized because she was introduced to blogging and didn't know what it was. Now she loves and is in love with blogging profusely.

Prior to opening up a blog. I was internet savvy. Knew the navigations, clicks, and hyperlinks. Because I am over 25, I consider everyone over 25 to be in the transitional generation. Meaning, computers were not introduced in our lives until the mid nineties, and we probably didn't have one until the late nineties (at least that how it was for me).

In fact, about a year ago, my mother purchased a 1984 LA Olympic Souvenir book for me because I love historical data. As I trolled (look at me, using blogging terminology). As I LEAFED through the book, rather, I saw an article on how the United States Olympic Committee was telling Olympic parents that they can come to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and hook up and send them electronic communication, which they will receive within minutes. Improbable then, yes, but since then (1984), electronic communications have soared.

In fact, it is said that the victims of hurricane Katrina and Rita were able to find friends, family, and co-workers through blog sites that had been set up to keep track (and check in) of individuals, through the New Orleans website.

So, how did I first hear about blogging?

On various news sites, which I love, I would always see "Blog". It didn't look any different from a new article, other than fonts were different and comments were allowed. Didn't pay much attention to it, though; I didn't know that people could develop their own, I though, as Jaimie indicated on her site, that it was some kind of techie thing that was way over my head. Hell, I had shoes to buy and flirting to do.

I asked a friend of mine who has an undergraduate degree in IT what is was. But she graduated almost two years ago and has been in a sales job and was clueless and had not kept up on things the way she had wanted to.

So I let it go.

Heavens to Murgatroid!!! Enter my Tammy-Tam. She had one, and considered it therapeutic. She sent me the link, and I started realized how good her link, as well as others were. People had much to say on so many different things. Not just techie people. People. Some weird, some phreaky, and some just like you and I (a variant of

So, I decided to open up a blog. My biggest concern has, and still is, the maintenance of it. Might not appear as such, but I have a relatively demanding job that takes a lot of my time. I didn't want to start something and then not fulfill what I should. So far, it is okay, but I'll leave that to the readers to decide.

Often times I do not feel obligated to post something everyday (haven't felt that pressure yet), but I have been this week so far, don't know how long that will last. However, I do know that all of you have something valuable to say. May not particularly agree with some, all, or most of it. But we all have something to say, and I believe we have learned that there is so much to be said. Okay, enough of the General Foods International Coffee moment, that is so not me.

And y'all make me sick. I be (gotta pull out the ebon on this) tryin to work and stuff, but then y'all always got sumpin good to say, and then when you comment on there, you see somebody else's site and then you want to go and check whay they had to say on there. Vicious cycle, and with that said, I've gots to log out now and get some work done.

Before I do, I pose this question to you.

Why Do You Blog and/or Read Blogs?
Why Did You Start?
And How Do You Feel About it?

20 comments:

African girl, American world said...

I started a blog as my release. I consider myself a writer and I wrote in journals b4. I decided to step up my journal game to blogging in 2004.

At first it was just a way to get whatever off my chest and could care less about comments.

In the last 6 months or so I have found so many like minded people and some crazies that I enjoy to go back and forth with. It is therapy for me right now and the folks in my life don't quite get my views and some of my bloggers do.

That said got a juicy topic today! And tell me, without a blog who eould I talk to about such things?

P said...

Mwabi:

Already saw your deliciously juicy topic today.

As you see, I have NOT commented.

Dee said...

I started reading only at 1st..........my lil brother had a blog to keep us updated with the goings on of him and my nephew..pics and stuff mostly!!!! From his blog I started stalking...lurking I mean reading other blogs an decided after about a year.hey I can do this too!!!!!

For me it's a release therapy if you will!!!! It's nice to get opinons from people who are non biased.........in under a years time I have made some cool ass blog friends!!!!!!

Rell said...

ell, coming out of college, my degree is in Journalism. However, right now I'm in grad schoo for Athletic Administration. So I figured that one day I might want to write for a paper or magazine, so a blog seemed like a good way to keep up my writing and reporting skills.

Then, after the Election of 2004 I was furious (not about the election) but about the reaction of many democrats, so I needed a place to vent. Then generally, I have a lot of friends and instead of saying the same thing on IM 13 times, I figured I'd just make a blog. I felt like I have something good to say, a unique view so I shared it with the world.

Now it's like my baby -- a little magazine, the first entity of RellAvent Holdings, LLC.

African girl, American world said...

alright Ima get the site meter so I can see when folk come and lurke :)

That Girl Tam said...

I'm not answering your damn questions because you already know my answers! SO THERE!!

By the way girl...Mack-attack LOVES his new phone case! He said that was the one he was looking for but when we got our phones, they didn't have any! YAY! He don't even know you that well...hell, at all and you're ranking pretty high on his "Tam's Cool Friends" list!! WOOOHOOO!!! Still LMAO @ "this ain't masculine" - "no nigga, and it ain't YOURS EITHER!" Hehehe...men are silly...

Jaimie said...

P: Thanks. My blog was started on the suggestion of my boyfriend. He had already had his own (www.peaceonthat.blogspot.com) for about 5 months before I started mine.

As you can see, its either a recollect or current wanderings sort of blog, written in a diary style. True, it is a lot of work to keep up, and to keep the readership going, but I love it!

P said...

T:

Mack takes care of Tammy-Tam, so 'twas no second thought to give it to him.

He would have looked so gay, pun intended, carrying that other case!

I 'bought' my brother one (HEHE) for Xmas, too. . .I told you that, huh. He loves it.

Kind of creepy how I dropped it off and kept rolling, but you know how nuccas are everythang got's to be on the Dee-EL.

That Girl Tam said...

And GURL...Mack took care of a sista LAST NIGHT! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Yes, Mwabi put it best, "Make up sex is the best"

P said...

One:

1. First of all, I know he did. Here's how everything went last night:

Brrrinnngg.

Mack: Hello

P: Hi, Mack, this is Big.

Mack: Oh, Hi.

P: May I speak to Tammy?

Mack: Baby

Tam: Yeah

Mack: Telephone

Tam (w/n two second) Hello

P: Before you get into your Sunday night ritual. . .(cut off by Tam)

Tam: Yea, what's up.

P: What's up is your phone holder is at your door thought Mack would want it before tomorrow. You know, the phone holder that he has asked about 600 times. Yeah, that one.

Tam: (slightly perturbed) What door, front, back, wha?

Intermission: (Like I come to ANY OTHER DOOR)

P: At the back door.

Tam: (Near hysterics at that point) Back door or back gate?

P: Back gate.

Tam: Okay, thank you, girl (bam, phone hangs up).

That's my story and I'm stickin to it.

PS: Like my word verify: driyng=drying. Which is what both of y'all wasn't doing last night, wetter than KD lang during an "L Word Marathon"

Anywho, smooches.

:P

That Girl Tam said...

YOU ARE STOOOOOOOOOOOOOPID! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...dang...that WAS our entire, brief conversation last night! HAHAHAHA...and I was NOT slightly perturbed...I had just stepped out of the shower and wasn't tryin to go outside to get sick again! I wanted to be clear so I could send Mack! HAHAHAH!

And so what if I watched a little L Word before the festivities began? HAHAHAH!!!

African girl, American world said...

y'all stop it! I'm home trying to make my son a grilled cheese sammich and I'm laughing too hard.

But yeah I could definately see that Big Mack worked it out...Tam all cheery today, has she even cussed?

and yeah P that story is a good one to stick to - getting out the shower...uh huh!

"N" Search of Ecstasy said...

LOL @ the comments to this post!

I love bloggin.

I first started just as a way to write out my thoughts. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but I just got started a few months ago. I thought that it would be to difficult to set up and maintain, but its really not. I mean it can be time consuming but I hooked.

I do my blog cause I LOVE THE COMMENTS! They make me laugh and encourage me. Its like someone out there in the world thinks what I have to say is important (smile)!

Me said...

I dont remember how I found out about blogginb..but I have always kept a journal and to tell ya the truth its easier to type than it is to write.. ( weird I know)

Anywho, I made the mistake of telling people I know about my blog and now I cant say all the things I want to say ..

so i've decided to start another one - that no one I know would know about ..so i can talk about all of them HAHA

Lāā said...

At first I thought blogs were only for news correspondence and I wasn't even interested. Then I saw ybf and read the comments but I was a lurker for a few months.

I wanted to get out somethings that I had been feeling and I noticed that there were a lot of people like me. It's funny that I was just thinking of doing a post like this last night.

Just about everyone that I blogroll has something in common with me or is just appealing to me. I love the fact that I can carry on with people all over the country.

Jaimie said...

Thanks for dropping that knowledge on my blog. There are many women that have been through what I went through-but didn't quite know what happened to them. Believe it or not, it's taken 6 years since the date that I met him to figure out what the hell was wrong with him. I just couldn't put it together. It didn't make sense. Now it does.

Have a fabulous weekend!

African girl, American world said...

I know you here, I seent you elsewhere. West Coast heffas - taking your time and all!

That Girl Tam said...

Ewwww @ Mwabi talkin shit...so what we live in Cali....hey...stop pressuring us! Shooo...now I'm feelin all obligated to blog as soon as I get in - and it's already lunchtime by the time we get to work!

African girl, American world said...

yes heffa FEEL OBLIGATED! ha ha ha

I had someone e-mail me 1 whole minute after Project Runway went off asking where my recap was?

And we going home - damn time zones!

ddsprncs said...

I love to read so I would read other people blogs and decided to start one so I would not have burden my friends with all my drama, now they tease me and say if they want to know whats going on they have to go read my blog.