15 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread

  1. Fell into it when I found Julie Powell’s blog after I’d read “Julie & Julia”. Her current blog, entitled “What Could Happen?”, required registration on Blogger to comment. So, I registered.
    At the same time, we were moving back to New Orleans from NYC, the city was all over the news over there as it was, and then Hizzoner the Walking Id made his chocolate city comment. The next day, my son’s preschool teacher was saying to me when I dropped him off: “I can’t BELIEVE what your mayor just said.”
    So it started as a sort of online diary largely for me and for the folks up north who thought we were either humanitarians or just NUTS to be coming down here at that time.
    Realizing there were other blogs out there and that that comment section wasn’t just for kicks didn’t happen ’til eight months after I started blogging. Damn, I’m slow.

  2. I started commenting in 2001, and my pal Jon and I started up a blog in 2004. Why? Hell, it just seemed like another way to be a smartass. That, and I kind of felt like I was going crazy, especially after the 2000 election. That feeling intensified in 2002/2003, while we were being lied into a stupid, pointless war.
    And now? I still like being a smartass.

  3. i had just discovered the internets left wing(e-mail from my art school) and had links to a bunch of site. LOVED supreme court bitchslap. media news horse? and THEY had just found atrios and hesiod and, i can start one too? ok. apparently i started 7/20/02. post 9/11. but i haven’t posted on my 1st blog it has become invisible.

  4. I comment for the same reason one climbs a mountain – because it’s there. My real web presence has little to do with blog issues and more to do with fun and disrespect of capital “A” Art (click on my name)

  5. Media Whores Online led me to Bartcop, and I’ve been stuck in Left Blogsylvania since.

  6. Back in the 90’s AOL ruled supreme. And, AOL had, and still has message boards, which are very similar to blogs. But, a few years before AOL, there were message boards on a few dial up sites. Those are where I started, and I started because some idionts were saying things I just couldn’t let pass without commenting.
    Then, I progressed to AOL, and quickly became part of a relatively small group that used a message board for daily conversations about the world and its happenings. When those message boards became toxic waste dumps as the right wingnuts moved in in force, I dropped AOL and discovered the Internet as it now exists – around 2001 or so.
    It took me a few months to find an equivalent to AOL message boards, but I did, and that eventually led me here by way of a link.
    Now, the whole world gets to recognize my wisdom!

  7. From the WeLL to Salon to Tom Tomorrow’s blog to Atrios to First Draft. Then a friend of mine who knew I was commenting so much on stuff there said, “You are wasting your blog capital commenting! Start your own blog!” so I did.
    But when it was a big thing to be acknowledged by Atrios he once mentioned a comment I made in the comments section. I was over the moon. But getting a link from Athenea made me a more excited than a rational human should be.
    I love talking to people, but I work by myself way too much so I have all this pent up need to communicate. We all our issues we are passionate about and I’ve found that I like to comment on the intersection of things like media, communications, politics and social justice. Science Fiction often covers a lot of those issues too, as well as “future ethics”. It is interesting that many of the people who care about the same stuff I do like Science Fiction.
    I fell like the blog allows my thoughts to exist in a space away from my body, it’s as if my “brain” is in a box, that is then projected onto your monitor. Hence the blog name, Spocko’s Brain. I’ve been going by the moniker Spock on the WeLL since 1991 but left in 1994. Then when I wanted to keep my id private in 2004 getting more and more frustrated by Bush and him WINNING, so I started the blog.
    I wanted to do more than just analysis stuff, the active stuff, going to advertisers on right-wing talk radio came about because I wanted things to change. So I figured out how to have an impact. And I did.

  8. I simply couldn’t help myself. And I am studying hard to keep up with all internet traditions.

  9. i started blogging as the 2006 election approached. i wanted to do something to help get a democratic party majority. and it worked!

  10. Commenting? Usenet. Blogging? First Draft. πŸ™‚ Thanks, A.
    I used to comment at Usenet (and I dipped into the Well knee-deep right after Desert Storm) back when you had to have a mail reader — I’ve still got the old hard drive around here somewhere with SLiMeR.

  11. I started reading Steve Gilliard during 2000, 2001 and never looked back. It’s been amazing to watch the intertoobs grow over the years since I first began playing Spades online in the now former MSN gaming zone in the mid ’90s.
    What I loved the most was the anonymity. I didn’t know who Steve Gilliard was, only that he had a talent for making sense of politics. He ran a very welcome and welcoming and intelligent community, and he is sorely missed.

  12. I was commenting on cheesy TV show message boards in the late 90’s, but I found my way to political blogs because of Valerie Plame. When the very earliest stories about her appeared on TPM, I found that amazing place via Google. From there, it was an easy jump to Atrios, where I think I commented first in the buildup to the ’04 election. (And found it wayyyyyy too addicting–it was much better for me to be here, where the comment threads are manageable in the context of…you know…workday blogreading…)
    I never really got into Kos the way some did, so my whole bloggy commenting presence is due to Athenae. Thanks, A.

  13. I started blogging back in summer of 2005 when my anti-war, anti-Bush verbal rants could no longer be limited to the few my husband could absorb any given week without threatening to wear earplugs for the remainder of Bush’s term. Within a few days of setting upno fish, no nuts, Katrina made landfall, and as a former NOLA resident, my appetite for news and my erupting fury had me online and posting almost constantly.
    Since then, there have been ups and downs, but Bush was the gift that keeps on taking, and then there were the primaries and McCain and Palin and the war crimes and Cheney, and then Paulson and Kashkari and Bernanke, and then Geithner and Larry Summers and the criminals of Goldman Sachs.
    I thought that maybe the Obama Administration would mean I would have less to write about. No such luck.

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