I have to say that my attempt at comment-whoring was a bit of a wash. Oh well. I guess that just means I shouldn’t be asking for money through this thing. When I attempt anything as selfish as essentially saying “shower me with your inter-tubes comments!” it’s probably a good thing that it doesn’t result in many replies. It’s also a good thing that almost all of my readers are my friends and family, meaning that I don’t have to pander to my audience.
Sure, it would be wonderful if I could sell advertising on this website and support myself with pithy witticisms about the 21st century, but that’s not what I have this blog for. After doing much research on the subject, I found that in order to make this blog profitable, I would have to make it about something like digital cameras, fill it up with photos, and clutter it to the gills with ads. I have my own ideas for such a project, but www.james-strocel.com is meant for something else.
I first started it up so I would have web server to play with. It allowed me to have the kind of professional development a “computer guy” needs. But, as some of you know, I like to call myself a writer, and this was a robust and public space with which to publish myself. All I knew about what I wanted to write was what I didn’t want to write. I didn’t want to have a not-so-secret diary of my private life, nor did I want to rant about my work and lose my job in a high-profile fashion (I have the terms of my work contracts that take care of that for me). As I continued to publish entries and attempt to keep a schedule, I noticed that my writing started to get sharper. The prose responded in the way my mind wanted it to. Not only that, I noticed that in history, primary documents are often used to piece together a more complete picture of a period in time. Perhaps long after I’m gone, some historian will have a better idea of what life was like at the turn of the 21st century. Who knows, they even might leave a comment.