Captain’s Log 6,042
I am quickly approaching my 12th anniversary as an online journalist. Next to playing music professionally, this is the longest time I have ever done anything. Five more weeks and I will reach this milestone. There are times I have my doubts about continuing and I stop for a few days. But something always draws me back. When I first started in the Diaryland community, there were hundreds of people doing this. Now, not so much. Facebook has basically killed the writing form. Post a funny picture and say a few words and you have connected with the world.
Not very many people even take the time to read this page anymore. Not like before. Not like the days when we couldn’t wait to get online and read about all the things and thoughts regarding our friends.
I met a lot of people through my online writing. I used to know the actual numbers, but now I have to guess. Somewhere around 20 or so. There are conferences now for women who blog. The organization is called BlogHer. And the content is usually about summer recipes, eyeliner, and why it might be a good thing to have a Disney season pass. That isn’t going to work for me. The conference this year is in New York. $600 plus airfare and hotel. If you have a corporate sponsor, the fee is $900 (and the sponsor pays). Gosh, I checked my schedule and too bad so sad. I am going to be in Portland during that time…..with a blogging friend I met online! We will have our very own teeny little conference out on her patio over an adult beverage.
I really do miss the community of online writers who used to really participate with this type of journal writing. We supported each other. We stayed connected. And now…..almost poof into the ethers.