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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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From: morrison_maiden
2005-03-07 10:30 am (UTC)
Happy journal anniversary! I like what you said about how the weblog/online journal can be so many things at once. It's very true; I don't think we realize this when we're just creating our journals.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-07 12:00 pm (UTC)
But you're one of the people who does exploit the possibilities of LJ. You post all sorts- photos, artwork, writing.....
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From: morrison_maiden
2005-03-07 12:05 pm (UTC)
Hehe, you're right. Which reminds me, I added a new poem to my website, if you'd like to read it :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-07 12:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. I'll go take a look.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-07 12:40 pm (UTC)
Chilling. The poem, I mean.

Is that a true story, Jess?
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From: morrison_maiden
2005-03-07 09:05 pm (UTC)
It is indeed a true story. It's about my friend who moved away to Texas. The last line is the exact thing she said to me before we hung up.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-08 02:59 am (UTC)
That must have put a terrible burden on your shoulders.
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From: morrison_maiden
2005-03-08 08:51 am (UTC)
I guess it did, but I really cared about her, so it wasn't so bad for me. I'm glad she was ok in the end, and I don't think she's attempted since :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-03-08 12:05 pm (UTC)
That's good. Are you still in touch with her?
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From: morrison_maiden
2005-03-08 12:12 pm (UTC)
I am, but unfortunately, it's just now and then. We talked online mostly, but we spoke on the phone too.
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