[Warning! This may get a little long, so if you have something important to do, feel free to leave at any time :)]
When l began my first foray into the Net, Google didn’t exist. Nor did WebLogs. Web pages were where it was at and mine was called On The Road in CyberSpace. OTRICS for short.
The version linked to here is courtesy of the incredible Way Back machine team, AKA the web archive, a non-profit created as an Internet library “offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format”.
Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, In late 1999, the “organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections,” it says on its about page.
It’s a kind of pre-Google Google, without all the complications, and it now it includes texts, audio, moving images, and software, as well as archived web pages and specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
In the beginning, I’d planned OTRICs as a kind of online travelogue, publishing as I went. “In *real* life, you don’t get to pick and choose,” I said, but, “On the Net, you do. If you’ve got the time and energy, you can play a part in events. Any part you choose. You can be anyone, or anything, you want. You can be 15 or 50.
“You can be black, white, yellow, red or pink with purple polka-dots. A blond can be a brunette. Men can be women. You can have your vice, versa. It doesn’t matter how many arms, legs or other body parts you have, or don’t have. Nobody will know and if they did, they probably wouldn’t give a damn.
“Who owns the Net? No one. Who controls it? No one. There’s no HQ, no Sign-Up Central, no supreme body making up rules and regulations and even if there were, there’d be no way of really enforcing them, the continuing efforts by the people who want to impose their will on the Net notwithstanding.”
At least, that was the way it was way back then.
But I digress, as one is wont to do online.
As anyone who reads this blog will know, I began it at the suggestion of my wife, Liz, as a kind of brain training exercise. Last year I had open-heart surgery during which I also suffered a stroke, a euphemism for a condition which, bottom line, spells brain damage of one kind or another.
However, as specialists in neuro-medicine are only now beginning to fully appreciate, the brain can, to an extent, repair itself, but it takes determined effort on the part of the victim to achieve anything worthwhile, and that means constantly striving to open new neural circuits, or retrain existing ones. And since I’ve been a professional writer for most of my adult life, what better way for me than to keep on writing?
To digress once again, regular readers (if there are any) will’ve noticed the appearance of two ads, both from former p2pnet advertisers and supporters.
With the appearance of my various ‘health issues,’ I had had to stop publishing p2pnet, then my principal source of $$$. We’ve also sold our house and declare bankruptcy.
So I thought I’d try and develop some income from this blog.
It’s still very early days, but nothing ventured …
Thanks, but no thanks
To digress yet again, I’ve always been a Google critic but yesterday, for a brief moment, I thought I’d try its AdSense nonsense and I even went so far as to apply for an AdSense account.
This was in my email inbox this morning >>>
Welcome to AdSense!
We have completed a partial review of your application, but you may begin implementing AdSense code on your site. However, you’ll not begin to see live ads on http://www.myblogdammit.net/ until we have fully completed our review of your site. Instead, you’ll see only blank ads, which blend in with the background of your site.
We cannot complete our review of your application until you have placed the AdSense code on your site and are sending us ad requests. Once we have completed our review, your application will be fully approved or disapproved. If approved, you’ll begin to see live ads.
Please note as soon as ads start appearing on your site, we’ll continuously review your account for compliance with our policies. If any violations are detected, ad serving to your pages may be stopped or your account may be disapproved. (my emphasis) If at any time you are not seeing ads appear, we recommend you log into your AdSense account and examine any alerts that may appear.
However, given in my constant complaints about Google and everything it (purports) to stand for, I decided it would be really hypocritical of me to derive any income from it. So I haven’t taken this any further, and nor do I intend to.
BUT, I’d welcome other advertisers so if anyone’s interested, please email me [email@example.com].
For now, here’s the privacy statement for myblogdammit.net >>>
By accessing myblogdammit.net, you’re agreeing to be bound by absolutely nothing.
And as far as stats go,myblogdammit.net doesn’t collect, analyse or do anything at all with visitor information, beyond using it for the occasional advertising inquiry.
Even then, all I’ll reveal is: how many unique visitors surf to the site during a given period.
The same goes for registration. The only thing I’ll do with user information is: keep it in a database so I can eventually send out a newsletter.
There’s no hidden fine print in teeny weeny letters, no opting out of something you’d never have agreed to in the first place if only you’d known about it.
So enjoy, secure in the knowledge that your user rights and privacy aren’t being violated or invaded in any way.
Cheers! And all the best …
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