It’s been my honor to have received The Addictive Blog Award, from my fellow blogger M.L. Swift. I’m quite pleased that M.L. finds my blog addictive. But, seriously, if his addiction starts to get out of hand, I’m not sure if there are any blog rehab clinics in sunny Malibu to help cure his jones.
Still, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank M.L. for awarding this nice award to me. If you haven’t read his blog, please do so. It’s a howl. He’s one of the funniest bloggers around, and I foresee big things for him. If he doesn’t make those big things happen, then I look like an ass, and then I’ll have to kill him.
With every award, of course there are guidelines to follow:
- Thank the person awarding you. (check)
- Share a little about why you blog and how the journey started. (below)
- Paste the blog award on your page. (above)
- Nominate other bloggers you feel deserve the award.(bottom)
Why I Blog and How It All Got Started
I started blogging back in the fall of 2005, when I used to hang out at MySpace. For all the crap you had to endure there – Tila Tequila, anyone? – MySpace had an outstanding blogging platform. I made many friends there, and built quite a name for myself there.
Back then, my blogs were about me waxing poetic about all kinds of subjects. Politics, sports, music, sex, and whatever random thoughts and observations came to mind. Then MySpace lost its luster, and everyone moved to where the cool kids hung out – Facebook. Suddenly, MySpace felt like an abandoned amusement park on the Internet. You visited your profile for sentimentality’s sake. And I hate being sentimental.
The problem with Facebook – among its many problems – is that you couldn’t blog there. Oh, sure, “Notes” is what they called their blog, but who was Mark Zuckerberg kidding? Zucky probably hates blogging anyway. Inevitably, I searched for other platforms where I could blog. Open Salon was one such site, and it was fine for a while, but unless you’re a political blogger, you’re really not going to get much exposure there.
Then there’s Blogger. I really don’t care for Blogger. Yes, I know there are millions of Bloggers who use Blogger, and you’re probably one of them, and I’m sure you like blogging there, but I just could never warm myself to it. As such, there was a good two-year period in which I pretty much stopped blogging.
I made the decision this past summer to blog again, primarily as a form of therapy, to help me work out some issues that had been bugging me for some time. Since Out Where the Buses Don’t Run came online in August 2012, I’ve focused primarily on blogging about the writing process and my work-in-progress, with the occasional confessional blog here and there. What started almost as a lark, back in August, became a focus, something that gave me a true sense of purpose once again.
And that’s why I blog.
Alright, here’s the part where I’m supposed to nominate 5 bloggers, but since blogging is a truly democratic process, feel free to nominate yourselves. You have the power to blog. Therefore, you’re pretty addictive as a blogger yourselves, so thank you.