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A Deep Mythology Blog is Born

I looked myself up on the Internet-in an instant I realized that I was no longer anonymous. I wasn’t tweeting in the dark, or writing on a white board with an erasable marker. As I saw the pages of results, it hit me: my tweets, whether genius or ridiculous-are my body of work, and they are all on my permanent record.

Tweets are so short and spontaneous they give a false impression of casual impermanence. Taken out of context, or stand-alone, my micro blogging is preserved forever in the public search engine record. Only this realization, and the desire to create a more controlled public and professional image,  finally motivated me to overcome my fear of premature publication.

Now I’m in a race to get the horse before the carriage, or at least the search engines. I created this website to serve as an anchor that connects to each of my social networking identities. If I don’t seize control of the reigns my tweets will  float, passively on the surface of the oceanic Internet, like so much flotsam and jetsam. Watching hopelessly from the shore hoping that my best tweets will be caught in the right search nets.

Luckily, I was smart enough to ask for advice in multiple forums, tapping into the collective wisdom of the hive to crowdsource a consensus on the how to’s of blogging. I relied on the the  help of my friends at Geeks,  Twitter and the answer anything app, Aardvark to figure out how to secure my domain, design my website and set up this blog.

I was pleasantly astonished by the savvy answers volunteered by individuals in each forum. The service at godaddy.com completely knocked my socks off.  At long-last I finished constructing a framework, clearinghouse and archive for my cyber-identity and all future work.

I’m all astonishment to discover that I  just finished the EASY part. I’m a writer, nor a web designer, but I designed my first website before I wrote my first blog post.

The website functions-it’s technically done. The never-ending task of feeding the search engines nuggets of wisdom and poignant insights of astonishing genius has barely begun. I have built it, but unless I fill it with content, they will not come.

I had naively imagined my blog bursting-forth out of my skull, fully mature like a literary Athena from Zeus’ skull. (Of course, in this analogy I’m Zeus and my blog is the Goddess of Wisdom.)

Since I built it, and I’m writing my first official post-I must have faith (or a an excellent SEO) to ensure that Shoeless Joe and lots of traffic, “will come!”

This is my blog. There are many others  but this one is mine. My blog is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my blog is useless. Without my blog I am useless. I must write my content true. I must write better copy than the spammers. This I vow, to fill my site with posts that will challenge, amuse and entertain my readers.*

*Yes that was an intentional humorous allusion to a little FullMetal Jacket humor. You may also recognize alllusions to Pride and Prejudice, & Field of Dreams.

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6 Responses to A Deep Mythology Blog is Born
  1. Betty C.
    September 26, 2009 | 11:18 pm

    Interesting take on moving from Twitter to blogging — many I know are reducing blogging time because they are spending so much time on FB, Twitter and other SM sites. Your “home base” concept is solid, though. Welcome!

  2. Shelly Kramer
    September 30, 2009 | 7:15 am

    Congrats honey. You’ve done a fantastic job. And your snarky sense of humor masks a sharp as a tack intellect – always a great combo. Welcome to the world of being in control of your online destiny. I’m no expert (for sure) but it is one heckuva nice feeling, isn’t it? You. Go. Girl!!!

  3. Wesley LeFebvre
    October 1, 2009 | 6:18 pm

    Hi Kirsten,
    I think you’re doing the right thing starting this blog. Twitter is great, but having your own blog is beneficial in so many additional ways. I recently started mine, but because I’m not much of a writer Its hard to stay on top of at times. Even so, I’m already seeing how beneficial it can be.

  4. ed newman
    October 31, 2009 | 4:56 am

    Very perceptive insight about our tweets seem like casual quick, spur of the moment off-hand remarks yet remain as a permanent record of who we are and form impressions of us that we may not anticipate. I esp. like the other essay too about gazing at earth during Apollo flight and how it changed the world.
    e.

  5. james matteson
    November 30, 2009 | 12:13 pm

    I’m very interested in the 4 big things you did to get your blog moving. I write about mythology in fictional form. Did you specialise in Norse, Roman, or Greek gods and goddesses?

  6. Steven Paul Matsumoto
    December 3, 2009 | 11:25 am

    Kirsten,

    This a very well written post and the former Marine in me found a great deal of humor in your tweaking of the Rifleman’s Creed. In managing my own online reputation I took an inverse approach where I was blogging and on professional forums before Twitter. Twitter is a valuable tool, but as you so eloquently put it a lot of context can be lost when you only have 140 characters. I know that I have experienced this with my own tweets first hand as the person reading them projects their emotional state onto them not knowing your true intent. Great Job!

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