One of the great things about blogging in this particular day and age is that even if you only very rarely write about a particular subject, it’s still completely practical to keep a free blog where you publish your only very occasional pieces about , say, politics. Shhhhh. Please don’t tell. But this going on 50 something guy who mostly tries not to talk about politics online….actually has a (very rarely updated) blog where he tries to talk about politics. With all of the respectfulness and intellectual fairness he tries to bring to everything he writes about, including himself. I’m not in fact terrified that some of my conservative friends might click through. (Honestly there are like a total of five articles on there and while all of them are about politics…they are also all rather personal in the same way that my entries on this blog are always an essayish combination of journal and topical post. If you click on any of my categories you will find an array of posts with genuinely useful information about all of the subjects in my categories.
CapitaL eLs was created largely in order to have a place to post something I wrote for some contest on Blog Catalog, a site I used to hang out on a lot, and where I met a number of wonderful people who continue to be Facebook friends, indeed Facebook friends whom I genuinely value for the glimpses into their worlds and interests that they share with me online. Facebook is a great place to chat with people whom you like and respect, even if you only chat with them occasionally. I’ve come to realize that I don’t actually want to know who subscribes to my Facebook stream. I generally don’t subscribe to any individual streams if we are not Facebook friends. And I have liked a thousand pages or so, but I am quick to unlike if I find a page is cluttering or otherwise not adding value to my Facebook stream.
And one of the great things about having a personal blog is that it can be a good place to promo and link, even though only in this one post to my largely neglected political blog. where it just so happens that I just now published a new post, a kind of riff across a Washington Post column about Obama and the “Youth Vote”. If you choose to take a look, that would be great and if you don’t want to hear me riffing about the coming (and not a day too soon) US Presidential election, don’t look. You’re welcome to subscribe or comment on any of the posts. And to a very real extent I am the same me I am here when I am over there. This is the only Google AdSense blog I still have. (I am one of the zillions of people who were so excited about AdSense, until after years they have accumulated 28 dollars in earnings and wonder if they will ever reach the one hundred dollar earnings threshold to actually be able to cash in on this “blog income”, earned over a number of sites over all these many years. There’s a lesson in here for new bloggers, but I can’t quite hashtag it, which makes This post hard to promote 🙂
Ron tells me that I have cycled up again. I started a new project, was talking mile a minute and stayed up for about thirty hours. During those hours of heavy activity, a friend and I talked about feeling as though we had taken a bit of felix felicitas, the complex potion that Harry Potter takes in order to accomplish his goal in one of his adventures. I genuinely believe my new project has a great deal of promise.
This blog is connected to my wallet name. I have in hundreds of places linked “Libdrone Books” to “Alan Jobe”. While I have tried very hard to be candid in these posts, I have also tried hard to be honest without be hurtful, and to seriously consider any other points of view offered through readers’ comments. I have also tried hard to be discrete. While I have made a point of introducing Ron and have at times written about gay rights and those sorts of things, I have never once in this space said even a single word about my sex life. My sex life if mostly under a handle. It’s not one most of my wallet-name friends would ever be aware of. My new project is a very targeted niche publication and I do not plan to ever reveal to my wallet name friends my nom du’porn. In a way, with this new project what I am setting myself up to try is to create a social and fan following for a fictious social persona, a character/narrator in my own personal play.
What really pisses me off so bad about Google’s new ‘you must use your wallet name here’ policy is that it completely ignores the reality that the fictitious character that talks Very frankly about his busy sex life (complete with photos). I am reaching out to relevant people in my circle for help with this new project, which I am hoping will prove to be a money-making thing for me. Not that I’m every going to get rich. But there really are a lot of stories to my life that I know I will NEVER share on this blog. And I am very excited to have an outlet to talk freely and frankly about subjects my wallet name is never ever ever going to Mention in public.
So it was reported recently that web search behemoth Google has reversed itself on it’s policy of requiring “wallet names” and face photos on all Plus accounts. Color me not surprised. I’ve previously written numerous times about my dislike for Plus. And while I didn’t blog about it, I’m pretty sure that I did publicize on Facebook when I summarily quit Google Plus, in solidarity with some friends from Second Life whose avatar accounts on G+ were summarily removed by Google a few months back.
From my own long years of experience in blogs, forums and other online communities I know that while credibility and being able to believe in the people you deal with online are very important, I also know that knowing their real name, date of birth and street address are not real big factors in figuring out whom is trustworthy online. My friend Non Pop Squidoo for example is a great source for info about a certain kind of music and sometimes makes great contributions to discussions. That I don’t know her “wallet name” is totally irrelevant to that. As it happens after many years I do know cardiogirl‘s real name. But I don’t even remember it offhand as I write this post– our has been a blogged based relationship– we see each other on blogs and don’t really connect much on Facebook or other sites.
Google has a long history of making products that are great technically but often suck socially. My friends who are rah rah rah’ing about G+ these last six months or so are not still using Google Buzz or any of the big G’s other failed social apps. And it is possible that G+ will grow to a point of becoming so ubiquitous as that even curmudgeons like me will be forced to use it. In my considered opinion, that day remains far in the future.