Saturday, December 1, 2007


Secret's out: I've been undercover. All through November, I've been participating in NaBloPoMo—without telling anybody! What's NaBloPoMo, you ask? Well, it's National Blog Posting Month, a sort of ugly stepsister to NaNoWriMo, i.e. National Novel Writing Month. And why didn't you tell anybody?

Well. Because I think the name is ridiculous.

But! 30 days, 30 posts—that's so much more frequent than once per week! One thing I've found is that the historian in me really has a field day with links. Links, you see, are very much like footnotes. And everyone knows how I feel about footnotes.

Also, I've learned that RSS feeds are basically amazing. When I used to trundle around the Internet, poking different websites to see if they were alive/had anything new or interesting to offer me, I felt kind of like the unpopular kid at the table. Like, I wanted to talk to everybody, but no one wanted to talk to me. Now, with RSS feeds, I have the luxury of choice. The posts come to me. They are all clamoring for my attention, wanting to be chosen, crying "me, me, pick me!" And there I sit, with that all-powerful "Mark All as Read" button, ready to dismiss them with a single click. Such power! Um...over information...? RSS feeds, by the way, are relevant because I basically have to read about 5 times as much as I did before, in order to still have something interesting to say. Not such a bad deal.

Anyway—thanks for seeing this experiment through, folks, even if you didn't know what you were getting into. Onward and upward!

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