Blogging v2.0 and Social Media
When I moved to Canada over ten years ago I began blogging. I don't really know why I started, I just felt something inside prodding me to have my say. Plus, I guess, it was a great way to distract my writing demons from their incessant torture to get me working on that novel I kept trying to convince myself I must write.
So I started a pseudonymous blog. (Maybe someday I'll reveal it.) Surprisingly quickly I had a following that brought me some notoreity: I soon found myself interviewed by international newspapers. A couple years later I was cited in doctoral dissertations (one of the first pseudonymous bloggers afforded the distinction). And, most gratifying of all, I received emails about how I changed people's lives by opening their eyes. I think one of the reasons for my old blog's popularity was that — in addition to providing unique and compelling content — people were able to follow and share in the deepening of my political awareness.
Then, at the apex of my popularity, I stopped blogging.
Why? I don't really know. Why did Sibelius never complete that much-talked-about eighth symphony? Why... Read more