Monday, May 08, 2006

Blue Gal's post "Can't a Blogger Get a Little Respect Around Here?"

Blue Gal has a post about the evolving Left Wing Blogosphere worth reading, and commenting on. She's cross posted it on Daily Kos in the Diaries, as well. It's an incredible post, and I would link it if I knew how.

The Hebrew words Tikkun Olam mean to heal the world. That's our job. The blogosphere connects like minded people who otherwise would never have met. NEVER.

I'm relatively new to blogging. I don't know how to link a post back to my blog. I don't know how to create a hyper-link within a post -- still, my own experience is this: I moved to Los Angeles five years ago from Chicago. In Chicago, I was a left-winger among liberals, I had a voice, I had a community of friends who thought, who read, who were the artists, intellectuals, the teachers, the activists. Los Angeles has been something of a desert for me -- the people who embraced me, while lovely people, are very shallow and, sadly, right of center. Not fascists, mind you, but we just can't talk about much other than who will be voted off American Idol.

And then I got an email from Alicia about her session on the Living With War CD -- and suddenly, there's a huge world of left wing bloggers. People who are activists, who give their heart and soul to healing the world. In the blink of an eye, I've made connection with like-minded people.

Still, I'm fairly intimidated by many blogs, and bloggers. I'm older (close to 60), and oddly shy. But I will keep posting, I will be active in my own attempts to change the minds of my Republican friends, I will do what I can to heal the world.


Sue Woo said...

Girl you are doing fine. I am older too and live in SC for pete's sake. I know what you mean. But don't worry about it. If you wanna figure out a hyperlink you will. I bet Alicia will help you! Keep it up.

DivaJood said...

Susie, you are right! I figured out hyperlink this morning. Anything to not go to the dentist...

Alicia said...

I tell you what, Jood - I've lived here for almost 19 years and blogging kept me sane. So glad you're here - you're doing fabulously.

I read that LA Times story about the woman living in her car, and it broke my heart. That could really be any of us, with the wrong combination of events...and it's more and more likely the way we're being divided into the haves-and-have-nots.

DivaJood said...

The LA Times story is heartbreaking. It's criminal, really, when you take a look at the cost of war counter on various blogs! Alicia, I understand how blogging can keep a person sane. It's at times a sort of stream of consciousness -- and that's fantastic.

Plus, it beats eating snack food.

Sue Woo said...

Dag yall I snack and blog at the same time. What a combo.

Blue Gal said...

Thanks for the props. And check out blogger help (you can google that and also "HTML Cheat"

That will get you started. Welcome to the party. Newbies are cherished, not censured!

The Fat Lady Sings said...

Honey - I'm 50 and I've only been doing this about 8 months. You grow with it. Blogging is changing radically every day. That's what makes it exciting! So visit! Leave comments! Have fun! We are a community of pen pals, in a way. That's really what we are, you know - pen pals for the electronic age. So welcome to the future as we make it!

DivaJood said...

Sue: Impressive that you can snack and blog at the same time -- I aspire to that! But it's still waaaay to hard to toggle between help screen and typing and snacking! How long will you be in New Orleans?

Alicia: Don't transplants to LA have to be slightly insane? Perhaps that's a whole nother topic. But you meet the most interesting people along the way here!

Blue Gal: Thanks for the HTML cheat suggestion! Every day, new suggestions from people! Amazing community (except for some of these very peculiar right wingnuts)

TFLS: That's so right -- pen pals for an electronic age! A great source for humor, for thoughtful commentary!

Thanks to you all.