Conceived at Langley, the Echo communications satellite, designed to reflect radio and radar signals, undergoes an inflation test in 1959. Echo was the world's first passive communications satellite. Credit: NASA
Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3.
Are you reading me? Hope so
Is this thing on? Is it coming through? This is my first blog and -- making no excuses -- I confess I’m not totally certain what I’m doing. But I’m sure it’ll work out, even if there are a few missteps at the outset.
Why am I blogging?
Good question. To come up with that answer, I started by searching online to look at reasons why others have blogged, hoping to see myself. John C. Dvorak from The Blog Phenomenon, an article in PC magazine, says people blog for these reasons:
► Ego gratification
► A need to be different, which he calls anti-depersonalization
► Frustration relief
► A need to share
►A desire to be a writer
In an article for Digital Inspiration, Amit Agarwal’s headline reads: “Why do people blog? Pleasure, money and even guilt.” I question guilt, but he quotes people who say, pardon my paraphrasing, that once you have an audience, you don’t want to disappoint them. He also says people blog because everyone else does.
So why do I want to blog?
Communication, I guess. I’m a writer from a family of writers. I’d like you to read my words and respond to them. I’d like dialog. I want to read what you have to say. I’m eager to hear the ping -- the answer back. Sending out my signals, I’d appreciate a response.
In my 20s I lived in Asia and Africa. Daily, I composed journal entries and letters, which I mailed. I longed for return replies. I felt a little like NASA. I was launching my satellites into the big beyond, hoping for some interaction. Communication’s a lot easier now with instant messages and Internet connections, so that desire is intensified.
Herman Melville said, “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”
Isn’t it amazing that he wrote these words before the Internet! It makes me ponder occasionally on how we’re all connected and maybe how we all can make the world a better place by reaching out and responding to each other. …
So why do you blog? Write back and tell me.
“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after,” Anne Morrow Lindberg once said. And I agree.
-- Brenda Davis