Of all people in the world I was easily one of the most pessimistic about computers, the Internet and now that I even know they exist-blogs. I think blogs are pretty cool but I never thought I could have one. I thought the processes of getting a site; domain name and the actual building of the blog would just be out of my league. Iím a complete novice when it comes to technology, but I do like writing a journal, and I thought having a journal on-line would be both fun and make life simpler for me. No more writing with pens, other people can read my stuff and comment on it, and I could add pictures to illustrate my points and make things look more interesting.
Well, now Iíve got one! Itís awesome. I wonít lie and say it was easy, but I think if you hook up with a good web hosting company itís not such a daunting experience as you might expect. I got a few work mates to help me. I went through a couple administrative hitches when filling in my personal information forms for the registration-just because Iím a bit silly in the head. We had a little trouble with the blog program we used, but these challenges were eventually overcome. My boss says heís going to make a simple program that people can hook up easily.
I chose my domain name: thepowerofeverythingthatis.com. Itís my own name-no one else on Earth can have it. I own it. I picked a nice picture out for the background-it looks really sweet, much better than a blank sheet in a diary. I got it from a site that gives photos out without charging a royalty (the first few): www.istockphoto.com.
I just want you to know the great feeling I got when I first typed in my domain name and my site came up! It was the equivalent to a person whoís afraid of heights being accepted into an astronautís mission into outer space. Or maybe it was like a turtle driving a Ferrari 300km per hour. Possibly it was like all the ants in the world getting together for peace talks.
Itís a real blast having this blog. I can write on it any time, anywhere, from my laptop, at an Internet cafť etc. I can write as much as I want, and Iím hoping one day my writing may inspire others to communicate with me about the subjects that Iím interested in.
Look, if you like writing about anything, and want to have your thoughts and opinions on the Internet, maybe meeting others similar to yourself in the progress; you have to get a blog and get it now. Donít be afraid any longer, the world is in the palm of your hands; itís time to get on!
Jesse S. Somer
Jesse S. Somer is a human hoping to inform other novices like him about the magic opportunities awaiting us all in the world of the Internet.