Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Decide it's time to reinvent yourself

Self-reinvention is overstating the point but I've decided to start a blog of my own.  I'm not exactly a stranger to online wordage, being something of a message board veteran.  I've also dabbled with LiveJournal in the past, mainly as a way of keeping in touch with old friends.  LJ's well and good but for various reasons, everything I write there is Friends Only and I miss the randomness of unfiltered bloggery: sending one's bottled witterings out into the gulf of cyberspace (does anyone still call it that?) where Googletides wash them up unexpectedly on foreign shores.

I'm also coming to the conclusion that, having been a stalwart of the Duckie axis for a few years now, I ought to get over my shyness when it comes to saying hello to familiar faces.  Me and The Spectacled Bear have a bad habit of settling into a sort of faintly coupley insularity (partly because we both have trouble hearing people over music) which I suspect can come across as self-contained to the point of stand-offishness. Until the power of strong lager kicks in, that is, at which point we become Mr & Mr Chatty McChat from Chatsville, Chatizona (we've both previously cornered poor Amy and subjected her to our earnest, boozy blatherings) but subsequently can't quiiite remember the details.

Lately, I've realised that a few of those familiar faces have blogs of their own.  This shouldn't surprise me and it doesn't, really, but it is a bit of a novelty - like reading Geoff Ryman's 253 for the first time.

So... I'm joining 'em!


Gareth said...

I have no idea who you are but as you have confessed to stalking my blog Thought I'd say hi, and am thinking hard to see if I know any bearded Scots men from Duckie.

You can' be that shy if you corner Amy, I just smile sheepishly.

Pogonophile said...

Hello! I don't think we've ever chatted but I recognised you as a fellow denizen of the activity island. Next time I'll wear a kilt...

I've only cornered Amy a couple of times. The night I remember (and cringe at the memory of) was shortly after the last US election, and I think I burbled something about gay people having to "reach out to the religious right". Or something. Urgh.

SubtleKnife said...

Helloooo and welcome on board!

It's nice to see you again, although I confess it's been mostly my fault. I have been severely derelict in my messageboard and facebook duties...

Pogonophile said...

Hello again, Subtleknife!

The more blogging/social networking stuff springs up, the more sense I have of being rather thinly spread. I still use LiveJournal but fancied Blogger as a way of talking about things I've done rather than just endless memes and in-jokery.

Dunno how frequently I'm going to post but I will post.