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