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Who still blogs anymore?

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

So, how about that — I’m posting four days in a row! I think that’s more than I posted all last year!

Back in the heyday of blogging, when it was still new and fresh and a bright sparkling oddity, I posted four times in a typical day. People were actually reading blogs back then, and there a lot fewer blogs.

Now, blogs are yesterday’s news, and what blogs do get read are corporate rubber-stamped eyeball fodder, churned out in a jaded attempt to rack up clicks. A few hardy individuals do still write personal blogs, on topics of genuine interest to themselves and others, but it’s hard to stay vigilant.

Believe me, I know.

crepesAnyway, here’s an example of what I’m talking about: A new food blog, Mockingbird Kitchen, started by my young cousin Mary.

Okay, okay — my cousin’s young granddaughter.

I’m old, are you happy now?

Anyway, check it out, and whenever you run across a blog that’s done with genuine interest and passion, please bookmark that blog and keep going back to it, and leave comments for the blogger.

Otherwise, the click-bait pseudobloggers have already won.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Like I’ve mentioned before, the only time my relatives read my blog is when they’ve said something rude, and want to know if I’ve griped about them.

Maybe even that isn’t enough to bring them in these days. I guess only my traffic logs will tell me for sure …

Other blogs …

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

I’ve been going through my blogroll tonight looking for linkrot, and as a result I’m visiting blogs I haven’t been to for a while. For instance, check out Anna Procrastinates, a Tumblr blog with some great items.

More to come …

New blog!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Yes, people are still starting personal blogs! Well, at least one person is: My former co=worker Tanja has started a blog featuring her photography and her views on life.

Check out A Garden Full of Memories today!

Twelve Year Blogiversary!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Okay, so at this point I can hardly say that I’ve been blogging for 12 years — although I post regularly to Facebook, which automatically cross-posts to Twitter — but it was 12 years ago tonight that I started my brykMantra blog, back when about 1% of the population had even heard the word “blog”, so that’s something. And I like having my own domain name, so that’s something else. And when (hopefully) I can get a bunch of my songs recorded, this can theoretically be my promotional base.

So let’s talk about that music, in hopes of making this an ACTUAL blog post, and not just a “this is a post” post. Every day for about four years now (except for that one week in the hospital after my stroke) I’ve been practicing my guitar, and writing songs. My first two albums (I’ve mentioned those, right?) were instrumentals, and were recorded without playing a note. My new songs have actual lyrics — which means I’ll have to actually SING — plus there will be substantial guitar playing involved, so it’s a much trickier endeavor.

Okay, enough about that.

Are you on Steam, the online gaming portal? You should be on Steam. They constantly have sales, so I’ve been getting some fairly recent games for dirt cheap: I scored Fallout New Vegas and Borderlands 2 for $2.49 each! I only played FNV up to level 15, then got tired of the post-apocalyptic bleakness (and the deadingly-retro soundtrack). Borderlands 2, on the other hand, is colorful and full of possibilities, plus it’s funny as all heck. I’m playing the Techromancer class, which means that my Special Skill is summoning a killer robot to spend a couple of minutes helping me take out enemies.

I’m up to level 17 with no sign of being bored.

Okay, next subject: Oh binge-watching, where have you been all my life! I’ve been doing quite a bit of that this past year, starting with Breaking Bad. Yes, I saw the finale about a year after most of the rest of the world, but it was worth it: Instead of waiting a highly suspenseful week between episodes — and a year between seasons! — I was able to watch episode after episode after episode until it was done. I didn’t have to watch each installment trying to remember all the little minutiae that makes up the complex plotting. And the series ended for me with maximum impact.

By contrast, I decided to follow that by bingeing Arrow, the CW’s interpretation of DC Comics’ Green Arrow character. I got a watch two whole seasons in quick succession, then watch the first two episodes of Season 3 online … then had to start watching the rest of the series at the maximum rate of one episode per week! LIKE A CHUMP! How did we ever watch TV like this???!!! It’s excruciating!

ANYWAY: Twelve years ago tonight! I did a quick “more later” first post, then I wrote out my second post — by hand! Like a CHUMP! — at the laundromat and typed it in the next day.

Again, like that proverbial CHUMP.

Staking my homestead in the nascent social media landscape.

Thank you for reading this, which you didn’t, because nobody does any more. But it’s here. And so am I.

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

NaBloPoMo Day 7:

Winter is coming to an end, and before too long it’ll be too hot to use the stove — in fact, there will be a time in August when even the thought of hot food won’t be appetizing. We won’t want to do anything but sit on the couch and suck on frozen dinners.

But I digress: My wife took advantage of our semi-cool weather today to roast two big trays of fresh vegetables:

And that picture brings up an interesting point: I do most of my blogging on Facebook now, and I notice that I can link to something really interesting, or carefully craft a very clever paragraph, and my FB followers will totally ignore it — but I publish a picture of a particularly eye-pleasing lunch or dinner, and my likes and comments will explode.

I’m beginning to think I missed the boat: I should look into being a food blogger …

Poppin’ “Fresh”!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Okay! I’ve been meaning to add some fresh posts to my blog, since I intend to kick my career networking mojo into high gear, and having a thriving, current blog would be a huge part of that … and then today, first day of the month, I hear about this National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo), similar to NaNoWriMo and NaMoSoAlMo, but not as grueling and yet funnier sounding) — and hey! Just what the “doctor” ordered! [Figure of speech: No actual medical professionals were involved.]

Plus, the theme is “Fresh”, which couldn’t be more appropriate. My only reservation [Figure of speech: No actual Native American lands, yada yada …] is that the site sponsoring t his is BlogHer, and I am, through no fault of my own, a blogHIM.

Maybe no one from there will read this, or having read, rat me out.

ANYWAY: Whether or not I’m “officially participating”, I have an impetus (look it up — Seriously, look it up, I might be using it wrong) to post daily, plus, I can feel my old blogger-smartassiness raising its unattractive head, and that is a victory in itself.

So keep checking in, and buckle your social media belt. It’s gonna be a bumpy month.

A musician friend’s blog …

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Check out New Beginnings through Online Music Collaboration « Tamra’s BLadifrigginOG, the blog by my Second Life friend (and real life singer/Broadway star) Tamra Hayden. She doesn’t post often (yes, like me, shut up), but she gives great insights into various aspects of being an independent musician, plus advance music of her live music dates.

9 Years!

Friday, December 30th, 2011

9!Nine years ago tonight I took the blogging plunge … and, well, it was an entirely different blogosphere. Back in 2002, blogging was just a stampede of dorks who finally had an outlet for all of our dorky thoughts. We huddled together on sites like Mandarin Design (here’s an archive of the site, since, sadly, Meg passed away in 2006) for HTML and graphics tips, and traded links and idea. Desperate for anything to feed our blogs’ daily cravings for content, we took pictures of our lunches and clothes and lawnmowers and TV screens and neighborhoods (and actually had to hook our cameras up to our computers to transfer the pictures!), and in the process, ended up giving the world a glimpse into our lives. Photo and video sites sprung up to help house some of this content, until finally social networking came into its own. Anybody who wants to do what we were doing in the early days of blogging (which was just a page for general expression) can do it any number of way, but usually just Facebook and Twitter, but also Flickr, YouTube, Instagram, FourSquare, and on and on.

And now, here we are, on the cusp of 2012, and blogging isn’t what it used to be. If somebody these days identifies themselves as a blogger, they’re usually focused on a topic — and an agenda, be it profit or propoganda. The word has become synonymous with Gawker and Gizmodo and Huffington Post — sanitized, soulless, bloodless, professional, churned out several times a day by people you’ll never chat with. The Wild West Frontier of blogging is over, but I like to think that there’s a little of blogger spirit in everybody that posts on Facebook every day.

And even corporations are catching on: The national company I work for started an internal social network a couple of months ago, where each employee can start a “blog” of sorts, so today, on the ninth anniversary of this blog, I started my blog, and thus launched myself into our corporate blogosphere, and immediately felt the familiarity rush over me, like I was once again behind the wheel of a machine that had years ago become an extension of myself.

So look out, Corporate Social Network: The Bryk is back.

And for the future of BrykMantra.com, I resolve in the coming year to better integrate my blog into my other social sites and media projects (and vice versa). For starters, I think that surely there must be a way to have my Facebook posts automatically publish to WordPress, or the other way around … anybody out there know how to do this? Anyway, I’ll find a way to harness all the energies I’ve got going on, and then … well, I don’t know what then, but I figure that out when it happens.

And in closing, I don’t think I can say it better than I did last year:

Yes, it was eight years ago that I started my blog on Blogspot: I wrote an initial post that was something like, “I started a blog! I’ll post more tomorrow”, then I went to the local laundromat to dry my wife’s beauty shop towels (our dryer was on the fritz). While at the laundry, I hand-wrote a two-page post (while fighting against carpal tunnel syndrome), which I typed in and posted the next day.

It was a humble beginning, but the start of a major phase in my life. That next year, 2003, was when blogging really began to take off (Bloggers were named People of the Year by ABC News), and I was there on the ground floor. I had readers from all over the world, I made several friends among my fellow bloggers, at least four of whom (Gigglechick, RennyBA, Pamibe, Kim Novak) I’m still in contact with (mostly through Facebook), and I even got some measure of recognition for my blogging. More importantly, I felt part of a huge movement that was bringing the power mass communication to everyday people.

Now, though, the Golden Age of blogging is over, replaced by the shallower but more pervasive medium of social networking. I still keep my blog around, partly to anchor what I like to call the Brykmantra Content Network — my videos, photos and music — and partly as a base through which to channel a feed of my social networking posts.

A lot has happened in the eight years since I started blogging: The tumor and its removal, my establishinment of the brykMantra.com domain in 2005, the beginning of my ventures into music, the loss of three dogs and the acquisition of the two we have now, my job loss and subsequent new career (such as it is), and, most recemtly, my struggles with a detached retina. And, through it all, I have a record of my thoughts for each event.

And that alone makes it all worth it.

PS: Just in case I don’t get my Facebook page channeled through here, you can check it out here.

Still here …

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

It’s the eve of my 9-year blogiversary, and yet I haven’t posted in almost 6 months. Oh well, I guess that’s the nature of our social-network world, with 140-word limitations set by Twitter. and similar limits by Facebook. And that’s where I do most of my blogging these days.

But I’m hanging on to my blog — and my domain name, of course — as kind of a hub for all my other creative activities (photography, music, etc.). Plus, as soon as I feel a little initiative coming on, I’m going to try to get my Facebook and Twitter updates to cross-post automatically to my blog, or vice versa.

In the meantime … see you tomorrow night when I do my obligatory blogiversary post!