My dear and near people understand the irony of my endeavor here on this contraption. I swore off computers. I was exasperated by their promissory ease being ruined by their complicated actuality. And then a year ago, I started a blog. Everyone was impressed.
My terror of screwing up was most impressive as well. I kept faking my way through, kinda like motherhood, knowing I was in love with at least the concept. Last week, I put my blog in a new temporary “skin” until I have my ideal site built to my personal elation. That was HUGE.
This blog creation is totally trial by fire. I even attended a seminar conducted by the lovely and very savvy Mindie Burgoyne. Previously unknown info. included that blogs are not news sites and their purpose is to open communication with customers and readers. They want to empower their readership with a means by which they can speak their minds.
My site has not been comment friendly and I do apologize for that. I do not comprehend “Settings” . But I am horrified by the air of untouchability. I don’t want my site to be a secret club. I just tried to post a comment on a Blogger site and got a runaround complete with an episode of “what’s that password” to boot. Now, I don’t care anymore if my comment got posted. Complicated means thwarted.
And then I got the following spam. When I first got started, I had to hurry and install a filter for track-back spam. People leave nonsensical posts meant for nothing but to be there for a mouse over to see their Viagra ad. Some of these still get through to the moderation point. Even though I knew this one was spam, I felt an air of ironic honesty between its foreign garbled English lines.
Spam person wrote, “I must say, as significantly as I enjoyed reading what you had to say, I couldn’t help but lose interest after a while. Its as if you had a terrific grasp to the subject matter, but you forgot to include your readers. Perhaps you should think about this from more than one angle. Or maybe you shouldn’t generalize so a lot. Its better if you think about what others may have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction to the topic. Think about adjusting your own believed process and giving others who may read this the benefit of the doubt. ” The possibility that this is true lurks in my paranoid brain.
I explained to my husband how the blog-world works and the need for people to interact or they’ll drop you like a hot potato. And he respectfully disagreed and said people penning comments to me would be like writing a letter to the editor. Just what I have been afraid of. That I stand on some sort of apple box declaring my opinion without encouraging questions or funny comments from my extremely smart readers. EEyuk.
So if you have anything to say, feel free to do so. And we’ll see how user-friendly my temporary site is. And stay tuned for the new and improved Shalavee coming to a computer screen in front of you some time in the near future.