BLOG REVIVAL

I started blogging in February 2003. In those primitive times the software was crude, cumbersome, difficult to use and unreliable. Those of us who persevered beyond an initial entry or two became accustomed to helping each other up the rockface whilst bit by bit the various protocols on which weblog architecture was constructed improved and streamlined as they moved from the purlieu of the ubernerds running the various blogging host to that of the end user. The development of WYSIWYG interfaces and weblog templates rendered the process accessible to all, regardless of the level of expertise, and now blog hosts abound and every level of infrastructure is available, from the simplest free to the most sophisticated rental format.

This is my second blog. My first, Dick Jones’ Patteran Pages, is still up and running, complete with its blogroll of old e-companions, its various links, its photo gallery and its back catalogue of posts. Now I use it solely for the posting of poems. The plan is to use Sisyphus Ascending as a forum for all other media – journal entries arising from day-to-day life; re-posted materials, political, philosophical, cultural, humorous, from other sources, and audio and video clips. In other words, to revive, to some degree at least, the original purposes and functions of the Patteran Pages for the first six or seven years of that blog’s existence.

I’m fully aware that with this blog my grasp is going to far exceed my grip! That it will be read by a very small, largely occasional public. Old blogging friends will visit; a few readers may be lured over from Facebook. But its maintenance on anything like a regular basis will depend entirely on my being prepared to write as if to an old-time treeware diary, recording thoughts, schemes, hopes, dreams, fears, reflections and rants purely for the intrinsic satisfaction or comfort that that process might bring.

So as a first declaration, here I am:

 DJ FOR SA

Okay. I’ve opened the batting. Back later.

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About Dick Jones

I'm a post-retirement Drama teacher, currently working part-time. I have a grown-up son and daughter, three grandchildren and three young children from my second marriage. I write - principally poetry but prose too, both fitfully published. My poetry collection Ancient Lights is published by Phoenicia Publishing (www.phoeniciapublishing.com) and my translation of Blaise Cendrars' 'Trans-Siberian Prosody and Little Jeanne from France' (illustrated by my friend, the artist, writer and long-time blogger Natalie d'Arbeloff) is published by Old Stile Press (www.oldstilepress.com). I play bass guitar & bouzouki in the song-based acoustic/electric trio Moorby Jones, playing entirely original material (https://www.facebook.com/moorbyjones?ref=aymt_homepage_panel + http://www.moorbyjones.net/). I have a dormant blog with posts going back to 2004 at Dick Jones' Patteran Pages - http://patteran.typepad.com - and I'm a radio ham. My callsign is G0 EUV.
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20 Responses to BLOG REVIVAL

  1. Natalie says:

    Happy to be first among old blogging pals to welcome your new incarnation, Dick, and looking forward to whatever will appear on this pristine page. Great start with the multi-mirrored portrait!

  2. beejalraja says:

    Cool

  3. Dick Jones says:

    Hi Natalie. A turning back of the clock to go forward!

  4. Anna Scott says:

    Lovely format. I think it unkind to lispers like me to name your blog Thithyphuth athending. But I will perthitht. Looking forward to more.

  5. Jim Murdoch says:

    Well, I’ve added your blog to Feedly and I’ll follow you but that was pretty much a given. So that’s one guaranteed reader. Oddly enough this revival makes me sad. I’m sad that blogging didn’t live up to its potential. Many had a crack at it but most found they had far less to say than they thought they had. They—and by ‘they’ I mean we—were just not that interesting. In a week’s time I’ll’ve been blogging for eight years. I’m amazed I’m still going. 652 posts and never a week missed. But to what end? I just made a comment on Ken Armstrong’s blog in which I talked about how much we were promised back in the day: Do x, y and z and you will be famous. They said, “Come on in, that water’s lovely,” and so we dived in head first only to land on a photo of a pond. It’s all an illusion. And I’ve jumped up and down on that photo trying to crack it, convinced there was water underneath but, to date, no joy and I am tired. The one thing I didn’t expect to form were friendships—of sorts (let’s not kid ourselves there either)—and mostly these days that’s who I follow, old friends who’re hanging on in there. Facebook is the watercooler—there’s no time for anything there—whereas blogs are like running into a mate down the street; you don’t have a lot of time to talk but there’s enough time to at least say something.

    • Dick Jones says:

      Sentiments perfectly expressed, Jim, and shared. Now I’ve got to hang in there – as has not been the case with the Patteran Pages for a long time. Maybe this clean sheet will do it.

  6. maria says:

    So nice to see this… the words and the great photo! I’ve been toying with the idea of a blog revival too, since I miss those old days of conversations in a community of our own making.

  7. Dave Bonta says:

    Looking good, Dick! The blog, I mean. I don’t know about that hat. It sounds as if the WordPress reblog button is going to be pretty convenient. I recently started archiving my Twitter posts and Facebook links in a page on my personal blog, davebonta.com, so I definitely understand the urge to collect that stuff in a space under one’s own control, with searchable archives etc.

    • Dick Jones says:

      The hat stays! I haven’t checked out the reblog button yet. What’s the deal there and how is it activated?

      • Dave Bonta says:

        It’s in the bar at the top on every WordPress.com site. For pulling stuff in from Facebook and Twitter, you can automate the process with IFTTT.com (which is what I use) but it might be better to do it manually.

  8. Carroll says:

    Once a writer, always a writer, Dick. Really happy to see you back in this format. I lost all my old blog bookmarks in a computer transition a while back — yours will be the first I’ve cared enough to reinstate!

    • Dick Jones says:

      Thanks, Carroll. There’ll be no stat-checking and no whingeing that fings ain’t what they used to be! Just stuff going up when I feel like talking to myself out loud.

  9. Revivals are wonderful opportunities for techno snails like myself to catch up as newcomers! Looking forward….

  10. Dick Jones says:

    Welcome aboard! Don’t stop writing. When the thought strikes, get it down then edit. And share…

  11. Lucy says:

    So much I’ve found here pleases me, for many of the reasons people have already cited. For the moment though, onto the blogroll with you, and I am especially delighted to see you have joined the Mise en Abyme club, one of the many, many things blogging has introduced me to, though the fellow blogger who did so, a polyglot Breton I’ve never met, hasn’t posted in many moons.

    • Dick Jones says:

      Hi Lucy. Yes, mise end abyme, the pic taken, less than romantically, in the downstairs loo! ‘My name is legion for we are many…’ With the new blog I shall try to do better than I have latterly with the tattered old Patteran Pages.

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