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To Blog Or Not To Blog

Herb’s blog, Herbdate 16313-001:

To blog or not to blog, that was my question
Whether ‘twas nobler in my mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous statements of noodle heads
Or to take up “Pen and Paper” against a sea of troublesome thoughts
And by blogging them out, thereby end them?

Well, okay then. That wasn’t bad for a Shakespeare parody at 5:00 A.M. I have been trying for some time to decide whether to start a blog and, since you are reading this, guess what?

What put me over the edge, you ask? Why did i decide to try this? Will i succeed? Well, if success is measured by a consistent day-to-day entry, i guess we’ll see.

I fancy myself something of a writer and a poet and read magazines like “Writer’s Digest” and “The Writer” and others that i see when i am loitering at Borders Books and Music, which i don’t get to do often enough. A writing exercise i read about in an article in Writer’s Digest said that you should try to write at least 350 words a day and that will help you get going. I had tried it in a series of little pieces you may or may not wind up seeing, but i am really slothful about actually doing it. I am hoping that blogging will help me achieve the 350 words a day and get me going. I guess i am expecting that if i don’t update my blog every once in a while (i doubt i can manage every day. I am going to try shooting for once or twice a week, but you never know. People that know me know i can be a little garrulous at times. Shut up, Carter.) friends, relatives and total strangers will e-mail me asking for updates.

Now i must decide between the services. This is kind of hard, but when i e-mail all of my friends i guess they will know what i have decided. I am typing each entry in Word, first, and then will cut & paste it into the program so i can have a copy and could use more than one service if i wanted, but i think it would be hard enough to keep track of one.

Well, i got to 375 words and have an inspiration for an upcoming entry already! Since i have owed my buddy from High School, Carter, a most humble, yea, even obsequious apology for tilting his pinball machine when he was at 110,000 points on the 2nd ball, i shall write about pinball. I know, some of you are saying, “woo-hoo! Shades of excitement! What next?” But stay tuned…

Okay, it was down to blogdrive.com and xanga.com and i think i will choose blogdrive because when i went to sign up for an e-mail update i didn’t have to register with them like i did xanga. All i wanted to know was when the thing was updated.

 

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9 responses to “To Blog Or Not To Blog”

  1. […] everything from there over to here, which is why you can find my very first blog post 10/04/04 ( https://blog.herbthiel.com/to-blog-or-not-to-blog/ ) in the archives […]

  2. […] it may be hard to believe, but it was October 4th, 2004 when I took pen in hand (so to speak) against troublesome thoughts and blog them out and end […]

  3. […] blog began on October 4, 2004, as a self-imposed writing exercise and a desire to put some of my writing out for the world to […]

  4. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

    Oh! I was wrong. THIS was how it all began…

    1. Herb Avatar

      This is the very first post I ever made. It’s come a ways since then. I thought your other comment was referring to the word “blog” itself.

      1. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

        Okay. It is strange how this blog is older than me 😀
        The history of the word blog was interesting, to say the least. I believe it is quite mainstream now, though.

        1. Herb Avatar

          That is an interesting perspective from my end as well. Yes, the word blog is now common.

  5. […] How long have you been blogging?Since October 4th, 2004, when I asked myself the question, “To blog, or not to blog…“ […]

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    Anonymous

    Thus it begins

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