Mar 2, 2007

How Did You Start Blogging?

Someone asked me, at work, what started me into blogging?

Back in November 2003, my parents sent me a laptop. I had just been released from the DOC Half-Way House and was on Parole. I had an 8pm curfew. There were many lonely nights and I sat, looking out my window, over looking Pittsburgh's, "Garfield Ghetto," where I lived. So, when the laptop came, I'd never been on a computer and this was my escape. I crashed it twice but I learned all about it, the hard way. I learned about viruses and spyware on all the porn pages and the whole nasty lot. I couldn't see shit and typed in all caps. People kept saying, "Why are you yelling," to which I told them, they were hearing things, crazy bastards!
How I found blogger was kinda another story. My boss,

Todd Singleton, owner and Executive Chef of the Liberty St.Cafe', where I worked as Manager, had a blog for his restaurant. Check out the menu on that page, wow!. I worked at this wonderful restaurant, he inherited me, when he bought the restaurant. I'd never even heard of a blog. But I had time to tinker and tool around so I happened to click on his blogger logo, you know, just to see. It was then that, it re-routed me to starting my own blog. I started Bitchin & Stuff and screwed it up, beyond repair at least three times. I wish I could've had the brains to back it all up, but nooooooooooo! I'd written a lot of stuff on there, soulful stuff and it was all gone. Ce qui sera, sera!

Many people have come and gone but one of my oldest blog relationships is with Mickelino/Frog with a Blog. I know it's going on two years, that I've known him But each and every one, on my sidebar, means something to me. I hope we have a long and loving relationship. A few that are no longer there, I have missed but I am so enjoying my circle of friend here and I thank you for being a friend.

How did you become a blogger??


Butch@CCD said...

Babs is this the guy you worked for at the time of "The Incident at Bloody Big Guy"?

Webmiztris said...

I honestly don't remember how or why I started (that was almost 4 years ago!) I think I came across someone else's blog and thought, "hey, I want one of those too!" and signed up. I think. :)

~Babsbitchin~ said...

Butch, Bloody Big Guy happened a few months before that. You remember, how sweet,lol!

~Babsbitchin~ said...

Webmiztris, well, you're a veteran, huh? Who's your oldest commenter?

CanadianSwiss said...

Hmmm. The first time I heard of blogging was from one of our expat neighbours about 1 1/2 years ago. I started reading his blog and thought it would be great to keep my family and friends in Canada up do date on what were doing. It has developed in many new and wonderful friendships.

frog with a blog said...

I started blogging thanks to/because of Rhino, I read his blog and thought I must have one too. It feels you and I have been friends for many more than 2 years my dear, and I have a feeling, we're going to meet soon.
Your best fan

.Ophelia. said...

Good story!! It was meant to be love. So was mine..

I was blogging in deadjournal waaaay back when I was preggers. My girlfriends all had one and suggested I get one so we could all catch up on eachothers lives. They used it for a few months, but me being the compulsive writer I am I kept going with it. Looking back into my old journal there is alot of anger and pain, so I dont link it for others to see.
One day Im reading Matt Goods blog and he linked Tony Pierce. I went to Tonys blog and fell in love. I couldnt believe this man was writing words and people were reading them and also commenting. I liked that community feel.
So Tony was blahing about Blogspot. I clicked the link. It seemed user friendly enough, so I didnt really look any further for blogs.
Once I created my blog, it was like totally liberating. I cant explain that. Deadjournal seemed so drab.
I love my blogspot. And I've become so much better at writing because of it. And it is soooooo touching that people actually enjoy my words.
At some point I'll start publishing fiction and all the stuff that doesnt revolve around my life. Im just not ready yet.
Okie, Im going on a rant now. At some point I'll make a domain instead of just using blogspot. Once I have money. Ha!

~Babsbitchin~ said...

Canadianswiss,I think we've known each other, almost that long. If I'd only met you and Orange X, it would be a thing on the plus side. Speaking of Canada, how's things going with you going home?

~Babsbitchin~ said...

Frog, it does seem longer and I mean that. I guess two years is a long time but it just feels longer. I would die a happy woman, if I was a able to meet you. How exciting darling!

~Babsbitchin~ said...

Ophelia, blogging has been a win win situation, for the most part, right? It is a good thing to fall back on, it is a bad thing when it's all I want to do. But I've gotten better.
Why do I know that name, "Tony Pierce"? Is he on your sidebar?
BTW, did I ever tell you, that it has been my pleasure reading your stuff, so deep!

.Ophelia. said...

aww thankies :o)

Tony is right under your link btw !

It's Me, Maven... said...

Hmmm, I know I blogged about this, and I'm too lazy to search for the link to the blog post devoted to it...

I used to have a good friend. She and I would sit and chat for hours at a clip. We were as close as two friends could be, despite the geography separating us.

We saw each other through our respective divorces and remarriages, and when she remarried, there was a distance between us, moreso than the geography, and it was the beginning of the end of that friendship.

Anyway, at the beginning of the end, she started disappearing off my radar for months at a clip. And it was during one of her last disappearances that I was searching online for a different outlet for socializing etc. And it was around this time (2004) I stumbled across a particular blog I still read today. And after reading his blog regularly, I thought what a great place to plunk down thoughts etc.

I started to put down thoughts or topics of conversations I would have had with my on-the-way-out friend. My blog saw me through the destruction of that friendship, and in the process, it's given me a voice, cosmically, and who'dathunkit, I even made some new friends in the process.