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An Anniversary [Mar. 7th, 2005|09:56 am]
Tony Grist

Happy birthday to me....

Well, not exactly to me, but to Poliphilo- who's been in existence now for a year.

When I started this LJ on the 7th of March, 2004 I didn't know quite what I wanted to do with it. At first I thought it would be fun to try out a range of different voices- a different voice for every post. No-one was reading me, so it hardly mattered.

Here as an anniversary treat (?) is a reprint of Poliphilo's very first post

IN THE ALPS

Today I wore white.

The professor collected me in his Daimler and we drove deep into the Bernese Oberland. It was a valley he knew. The long grass was full of little flowers, white and red and blue. The professor is very spry for his age. I tell him he looks like Teddy Roosevelt.

We met a girl who was driving cows down from the high pastures. She was a fine specimen of the race, with white hair in braids and bright blue eyes. "I would like to stretch her on the rack," said the professor, "and pull out all those perfect little teeth with pliers."

Something black flew down the length of the valley, very high up. I think it was a zeppelin. The professor lifted my hand and sniffed at my wrist. "You smell of rust," he said.

Yeah, well.....

But that sort of thing palled after a very short time. I began to see what a wonderful medium this is. How anything is possible. The blog is like no form ever invented before. It can be a diary, a column, a notice board, a one-person literary magazine, a one-person newspaper, a picture gallery, a practical joke. And, whatever it is, it has the potential to reach a large, international audience instantly.

Amazing!

And even more amazing- the audience talks back. It's an interactive medium. It creates communities.

Over at  jackiejj 's, naamaire speaks of what we bloggers are doing as "folk-art". I like that. But with the rider that this is folk art at the cutting edge. We are doing something that has never been done before. We are pioneers.

I began playfully. Now, a year down the line, writing this LJ is terribly important to me. 

Bloggo, ergo sum.

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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-03-07 07:11 am (UTC)

Happy Birthday poliphilo.

I joined at the invitation of suzilem.

It's funny about internet "friends". I've been pretty lucky, three times I've taken off and journeyed to 'meet' people I'd never seen, only knew on the 'net. Actually, make that five. Two of them I have been on vacation with.

Usenet was fun. I 'met' a lot of people there, people whom I have met since, and some of whom I truly love. And some of whom turned out to be mean spirited and false.

but I cherish this place. I love talking to people about 'stuff', to jackejj about writing. I love the chance to read opinions that I may not necessarily agree with, but that I respect.

I also notice that there are a lot less 'mean' people here, one is not as likely to get flamed.

I can put in a blog the way I feel, the fact that my bi-polar is acting up and I'm depressed, and read about how others maybe feel the same way...

yes, it's important. And I'm very pleased to have met you, Tony and poliphilo. Your posts are among the first I look for when I sign on.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-07 09:12 am (UTC)
I'm very pleased to have met you too.

I've never pitched my tent anywhere else on the net, so I can't make comparisons, but people are pretty friendly round here. I got flamed once, and was really heartened by the way friends rallied to my defence.
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