So, where were we?
I stopped blogging a little over seven years ago. Before that, I had done it for close to 11 years in a row. Toward the end, I was deeply into it. Probably too much so.
Once I kicked the habit, I got down to work on the big professional writing project that had pulled me away from the blogosphere. It took a couple of years and change, but my co-author and I got it done. And the end product was pretty good, if I do say so myself.
Then another, even bigger project of the same nature came along, and again I said yes. This latest one is an ongoing assignment, but it's humming along.
Anyway, I stopped blogging, but I didn't entirely quit goofing off on the internet. Like just about everybody else in my age bracket, I got into Facebook, which has caught me up with countless faces, and voices, from my past. This has been extremely good for the soul.
And I'm hooked on Twitter, because I'll tell you, some of the funniest people on the planet sound off there day and night. I've also messed around a little with Pinterest, Instagram, and even TikTok (which my friend Jim rightly labels "the Oxycontin of the internet"), but none of those three do much for me. How many of these can you keep up with?
The closest thing I've found to blogging is Facebook. It's great that so many people are using that platform as a creative outlet. The written word! No doubt a lot of my friends and family get the same sort of kick out of writing there that I got all those years on the blog. And I've joined in, consuming and posting a lot of content on Facebook myself.
But the experience has never come close to what the readers and I had going on the blog. I go back and look at it once in a while, and sometimes it amazes me. I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but it did.
There has to be a forum more satisfying than Facebook but less demanding than the old blog. And if I'm going to waste time on the internet every day (and that'd be a given, Bob), I might as well aim as high as I can reach. So let's give it a shot here. It will not be exactly like the old days. For one thing, it's on Blogger, which will take some getting used to. Plus, no matter what big company is hosting the thing, it's blogging, which is so 2002.
That drawback aside, I look forward to connecting with whoever shows up here, at bojack2.com.
(Photo: Laura Chouette)