|Thom McD. and me at Nectar in Lewes, DE last week|
I started blogging in late 2005. I've always liked to write so it seemed like a logical choice to enter the world of blogging.
By "writing" I don't mean I wrote books or magazine articles. No folks, I wasn't one of those celebrated talents. My writing was letters, journals, letters to the editor, and even pen pals when I was a teenager. I never had enough confidence in myself to even consider writing a book or magazine article. But I always did think I could write a newspapers column. But I dismissed that notion outright because I would have to jump though numerous hurdles to reach that status and then I would be under someone else's control which isn't the best way for my creative juices to flow.
So I decided to dabble in writing a blog. This was about the time I had put our house up for sale in Pennsylvania. But then shortly after I started my blog, I found myself immersed in the nightmare of selling our house during the Housing Crisis so I took a leave from writing my blog. It wasn't until after that nightmare receded into a war story memory to be repeated often in the future, that I renewed writing my blog at the urging of a former friend. I say former because a few years later he read something in my blog which he mistakenly assumed referred to him. That particular blog posting was about me giving advice to people after they asked for it and then they ignored my advice so I wrote a blog saying I was going to stop giving advice when asked because it was a waste of my time and then he sent me an e-mail saying "Sorry I wasted your time....bye!" thus ending a several year friendship on that flimsy excuse. Ah well, maybe we weren't meant to be friends after all if he was so easily offended.
So anyway, I'm back to writing my blog, almost on a daily basis. Well folks, it has been an interesting seven years since I began writing my blog. I've managed to offend just about every spectrum of blog reader by daring to express my uncensored opinion from saying Celine Dione has a horse face to retelling my story of my first time having sex (with a man). I've stepped on a lot of toes folks. I've even gotten into trouble several time by mentioning names which I probably should of have and which I will exercise great restraint in future blog postings.
Perhaps the most interesting development was when I posted the blog about my first time and then I heard from the son of the married man who seduced me at the tender age of 21. My seducer was an "older man" of 29, married with three small children.
One of those now grown up children contracted me because I had published the name of his father in my blog, which also just happens to be his name, with a "Jr." attached to it. He asked me "We always wondered if dad was gay." Then he asked me if he was and I assured him his dad was definitely gay with me (69). Then he had a teeny request, could I remove the full name of his dad from my blog posting. I told him I would and I haven't heard from him since. However, I did hear from both of his daughters who are now Facebook friends of mine. You just never know.
Yes folks, a lot of interesting things have happened to me as a result of my blog postings. One of the best was last year's first annual Bloggerpalooza. I got to meet in person several bloggers. What a treat that was! They were, without exception, wonderful people. No serial killers of basement dwelling nerds with Cheeto stain finger tips.
|Thom in NYC - 1970?|
|Me and Bob McC. 2011|
|Me and Pat at Old Time Photo (it's serious now)|
|Me and Pat at Cafe Azafran in Rehoboth Beach August 2013|
|My Bloggerpalooza friends 2013|