The Day After

Staring at the keyboard, I realize the jitters are gone.  Not even pushups and two cups of this morning’s leftover joe can change that. Not after yesterday’s savaging of the keyboard with “First Time Jitters”.  I’m sure more than one techie was chuckling at my clumsy usage of html.  

And yet, the blog emerges stronger today, focused and fortified with the guidance of one of the blogworld’s magi.  Sadly, despite the magi’s most valiant efforts,  I must confess that the mysteries of the blogosphere apps remain beyond this writer’s grasp. In short, my blognorance persists. Some things are just meant to remain a secret.   

But what happens when that little buzz of curiousity refuses to take flight?Where does man look for answers? The Bible? The Torah? Did the prophets of old speak of blogging and its hidden links, buttons and plugins? But then it hit me.  The answer had always been in front of my face. I surfed through the option menu on the television.

Scrolling through one documentary after another, it all became clear. Patience, I reminded myself.  It would not be long before the History Channel runs an in-depth segment on blogosphere apps. It wouldn’t stop there, of course. Not with Dan Brown of  Da Vinci Code  fame snooping and sniffing around for new material. Surely the famed author would be powerless to resist the allure of such a rich topic. I can already envision the title, “Blog Apps: The Masons and their Links to Hyperlinks and Tags” by Dan Brown.  I”m sure that in the sequel it would be revealed that Thomas Jefferson, and not Al Gore, invented the internet.  I pray that day never comes. I fear the delicate American psyche ill-prepared to handle such a revelation.

Which brings me to the hour’s topic: why blog?

Why not? I blog therefore I am. Essence before existence. Ok. I’ll stop there. That’s the point. A blog can be about anything.  Don’t believe me, just review the first four paragraphs of this blog.


First Time Jitters

I’m nervous. I have it all working: a scattered mind chasing multiple threads, sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat and the flush of expectation. This is simple. Don’t think about it just go with the moment, I tell myself. Millions of people are doing the same thing.  Some go at a rate of once a week, for others it’s every day, and for those lucky few with the energy and moxy to pull it off, a couple times a day. Sounds daunting, doesn’t it. It can’t wait forever, so here it goes.

This little introductory piece is my first official foray into the world of blogging. Keeping that in mind forgive me if I take certain liberties and run afoul of any super secret blogger codes as I cast around for words.

Looking back, it wouldn’t be entirely right to say that I’m brand new to the world of virtual print. In the past I’ve reviewed books for the fellas over at, but this is a bit different than zipping through a novel and scratching out a critique, saving it to word, attaching the document to email and then hitting the send button. On the other end, the techie guys at Bullz-Eye would do their thing, and then, Voila! Next day, my review would be posted on the site and everyone was happy. For a non-techie writer such as yours truly, the techies were modern day magi, the innerworkings of their websites and blogs, an everchanging world steeped in mystery. But now, I have Joe Unleashed and in theory, can post and beat away at the keyboard like a ritalin deprived teenager wrestling with his angst and a bad case of acne. All I have to do is upload this, link and tag that, and so on.

Instead, when I look at all the apps for the blog, I feel like Lennie Small from Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, slow on the uptake and stumbling around some of the finer nuances of blogging. Well done, techies, Well done.

But I remain undeterred. I shall return to Word Press and tinker with the apps until I too can proclaim enlightenment and vanquish the dark cloud of blognorance (I know that’s not a word, but I direct you to the “take certain liberties” paragraph above) forever.  Until that day, read a book or two, or maybe even write your own. I know I will.  But if you do find yourself with nothing to read or nothing worthy of writing about, then you might want to take a peek at my reviews of “The Silver Eagle” and “Straight Down the Middle.”


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