Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, Blogaway

Birthday Wishes

No, it's not my birthday but my blog has now been running for three years. I never imagined that this would be a long-term project when I started. I began the blog three years ago as a way to keep in touch while on vacation and out of a desire to report on my travels in Italy and elsewhere. I half envisioned a sort of travel blog (which it has proven not to be) with the sort of travel memoir that I like to read.
In honor of the anniversary and to see what you all think of my early adventures in blogging, I'm reprinting my second post today and may reprint a few others as the mood hits me. That way posts that I threw into the ether some time ago, will now actually (maybe) have a reader or two.
So here goes from June 11, 2006.

Day 2--musings and free associations
So, on day 2 I discover that there is such a thing as Blog-spam. I guess I should have known. I was thinking I'd watch to see how long I go before someone comments on my Blog but this would have been an uninteresting number if Spam comes through. So I enabled the Spam blocker function--hope it works and doesn't annoy any potential commenters. (If any readers ever show up). Blogging would be the ultimate vanity press if I have to tell my family to get someone to read it.
Today I discovered a Blog by someone who referred to her early gaming experience. Although she did mention Lode Runner which was a great early game, she missed many of my favorites. We had an Apple II at home when I was a teenager--back in the 70's. This is due to my having a hi-tech parent. We logged uncounted hours by modem playing Adventure. I try to explain to teenagers these days what it was like playing a game that was entirely text-based. Part of the fun was hand drawing my own maps. Of course, no one could call us when we were on-line. Perhaps this was part of the appeal. The magic word was XYZZY. I thought some of the writing was great. I will never forget being in the "Maze of twisty little passages, all alike." We finished the game although we may have had to resort to an early "cheat"--I have no idea how we figured this one out pre-internet.
We also played games using our television as the monitor. Of course there was Pong. Everyone knows about Pong. But does anyone remember Dino Eggs? Seriously? It was sort of like Space Invaders if I remember correctly. All I know is the music used to haunt me. I'd have Dino Egg music dreams for days after playing. It would be fun to find out if anyone has converted it to any current game systems. My modern favorite is Civilization IV although I've been too busy doing other fun stuff to indulge for many weeks.
The challenge these days is keeping up with the kids. If you actually looked at my profile, I'm a mental health professional. So my patients Blog, IM, play Grand Theft Auto (my kids aren't allowed), and do things with cell phones that I cannot figure out. Sometimes I'm cool because I can speak fluent Yugioh, but other times I realize that I still haven't learned to program my cell phone which is not cool. One grandmother cannot believe that I know the difference between and RPG and an RTS. I think this impresses her more than where I went to college.
One of my fondest wishes is that when I am truly elderly (not just appearing it to the average kid) I will be able to keep up to date with the new technologies. My latest efforts to this effect are blogging, photoshopping (I love my digital camera) and I hope to download photos to Flickr (as soon as I can figure out how to copywrite them). Future goals may include learning Macromedia Flash and Fusion. I also am hoping to figure out how I can update my Blog while on vacation in Europe. Since I probably will not have a computer this should be fun.
Regards------

11 comments:

Jud said...

Happy birthday, Blogaway!

Kathe said...

Happy Blog Birthday!

self taught artist said...

a good example of something getting better with age. i like your style now much better :)

A Free Man said...

Three years is a milestone. I'm coming up on two and running out of energy for it.

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

Snail said...

Happy third bloggiversary!

HeatherBabe said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog fellow swap-botter and postcrosser! I commented back on my own blog so I thought I would let you see what I said on your blog!

HeatherBabe said...
It's funny you say you are tired of the polar bear. I still have so many fruity stamps to get rid of I haven't started using my polar bears!! That stamp looked to be a VERY OLD stamp. A lick'em stamp as it were!!

PS - Happy Blirth Dog.. or.. something funny!

Annie said...

Glad you're here... after 4 years, I admit that my interest has waned somewhat.

Angela Recada said...

Belated happy birthday to your blog. It's always such a pleasure to stop by and see what's new in your world. I always really enjoy your shots of the lesser-known parts of the Chicago area.

TaraDharma said...

Happy Birthday Blogaway! I stopped by via Cozy Shack, which I've read for years. I've just sampled your blog and flickr, and I can tell I will be back to spend much more time here. Great stuff! The book thing...I could do that! I'll read more about it in hopes of handing off my many many read books.

Misplaced said...

Happy 3 years