Monday, May 21, 2007

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Blogger's Hyperbola

Over the last few weeks I have come to the realization that life on the blogger's hyperbola isn't so bad.

I'm now at peace with, in fact somewhat excited by, the fact that I am writing via a mechanism that is not only occupying space, but is also moving through time.

On what I have done with my website, many of the things I have written are really more of the moment. When one puts up a non-blog webpage, it seems to gain some sort of timeless permanence, which is somewhat unearned if you never update it.

I have a page devoted to Chicago's lovely Hooker Motels like The Stars. A couple months ago, the new owner of The Stars contacted me and asked if I wanted to take some pictures before he knocked it down and built some condos. I went with my friend Tim to take some pictures. I even uploaded them, but have yet to create a link from the The Stars main page on my site to these new pictures, or even indicate that The Stars is now closed.

I did a series of movie reviews at a neighborhood cheap theater, but the last review was done in January 28, 2001(!) The new owner of the Davis contacted me a year or so ago to ask me to take down my webpage, because my page was coming up higher in Google than his page, and it was somewhat critical of the conditions there. I never took my pages down, mostly due to laziness (maybe a little pissiness was in there, too).

And, my Currently Spinning page? Well, it's current for September of 2000.

If these pages were part of a blog, they could slowly fade into my archives, and I wouldn't feel guilty that I wasn't keeping them current. Looking at many of the pages on my site, they would be better served by a blog than a regular webpage.

And if there really is something I want to not fade away, I could take a cue from Samurai Frog, who creates posts summing up a particular topic and then creates a link to these metaposts from his main page. I actually read a lot of his older stuff as a result of his linkage.

So, what I am trying to say is, fellow denizens of the blogger's hyperbola, I salute you.


SamuraiFrog said...

I'm glad to see someone actually reads the old stuff. It's a good way for me to find old stuff I want to reference, and if people actually read it, too, that's cool.

I'm trying to be nonchalant so you don't realize what an egomaniac I really am.

Splotchy said...

Hmm, a nonchalant egomaniac.

If you improved your "Frogger" skils, you could RULE THE WORLD.