Kosh wants to know, so here's my story.
In 2006 or 7 or so, I met "La Sirenita" online through a different website. (We knew her on Open and here as Sirenita Lake/Cris Guitierrez)
The site had a pretty specific audience, not mainstream at all, really, but the participants were smart and funny and there was some great story telling. No art stuff. As in any social media site, there was also a lot of arguing and nonsense, but as here, participants could certainly choose not to engage. Anyway, Cris encouraged me to check out Open Salon, and eventually I did. 2009 or 10, I think it was. It took me probably a year or so after my first look to even feel brave enough to post something. I began commenting on others' posts as well.
The first ones to comment on my posts were Cris, Jon, JMac, and JME. Others followed.
When it all disintegrated, Cris told me about Our Salon, and I moved on over.
I liked it here, and was glad to have a place to continue my online conversations with folks who have become important to me.
That's how I came to be a blogger.
I don't write much any more these days. I do come here and read at least a few times a week, make the occasional comment. I am only partly gone. I was sad to see that FM has moved on, joining the ever-lengthening list of those who've left.
These days, most of my energy goes into painting, and I seem to produce images that are mostly about solitude, calm, dignity, age, and introspection. Abandoned barns, foggy water views, serene landscapes, old trucks...
I've done almost 30 paintings so far this year. I am still teaching at the college but have fewer classes at home. Something has to give.
So, writing this was kind of a big deal for me.