If you’ve been to the blog in the past few days, you will have noticed that it has changed. A lot more changes coming. For the third time in a row, another friend to the rescue.
The first was Melynn Allen, a friend I’d met at a Monroe program in 2003, who in March 2007 sent me an email. She’d just started blogging and she said this is something I should be doing. “It’s what you’re doing already,” she pointed out, referring to my frequent mass-emailing of information I thought people would find interesting.
With her help, in a matter of days I had begun my wordpress blog, “I of my own knowledge…” The title of the blog comes from something Joan Grant said in her classic book published in the 1930s, Winged Pharaoh. In ancient Egypt, she said, priests taught not what they believed or had been taught, but what they had personally experienced. They said, “I of my own knowledge tell you that this is so.” That seemed (and seems) an ideal way to convey the little we know.
As I say, with Melynn’s help, I was up and running. (Melynn’s blog is http://breathingeasy.wordpress.com.)
I took to blogging like [fill in your own cliché here]. I have a lot to say, and I have friends who make me aware of interesting news items, and I like to pass them on. Plus, ever since beginning my Endless Sabbatical from Hampton Roads in November, 2005, I have been writing the books I wanted to write. (I’ve also been spending a tremendous amount of time reading, but that’s another story.) Something like the English aristocrat said to Edward Gibbon, author of the many-volume work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: “Another damned fat book, eh Mr. Gibbon? Scribble, scribble, scribble, eh Mr. Gibbon?”
Well, in early 2008 I decided to set up Hologram Books LLC, so that, without having to worry about finding a sympathetic agent, editor, marketing director, etc., I could be free to write what I wanted to write, commercial considerations aside, and still expect to get the books into print. That meant I had to create a commercial blog.
Melynn couldn’t do it, having gotten immersed in her ever-burgeoning career as a potter. (Go look at her stuff, it’s fabulous.) Enter the second murderer. I knew that another friend, Larry Giannou, sometimes builds sites as a sideline from his amazing business with his brother Tom. (If you have any interest at all in growing things, you have got to see their website: http://www.tandjenterprises.com/) So I hired Larry, and he and I wrestled for some time to get clarity. What did I want to accomplish? What look did I want? How much could I spend? Where did I see it going? A lot of questions, a lot of details to be decided upon. And after he put together the site, he maintained it, for well over a year now, out of the goodness of his heart.
And now we’re on the move again, Rich Spees having agreed to take over the maintenance and design. Rich and I go back to 1995, when we did a Monroe program together. He has his own blog at http://the-sacred-path.com/, he’s a guru at this web stuff, and he actually thinks it’s fun. (No understanding some people!) Unlike Larry, he isn’t trying to juggle a full-time job at the same time.
As the Beatles said a good while ago, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” God bless ’em all.