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Tuesday, April 30 2002


I've learned today about an intriguing new (to me) development in Internet publishing, known as "blogging." Blog is a verbed abbreviation of "weblog." And a web log is very similar to something we've been doing on this page for several years, but which has taken different permutations and in some instances has furthered the "discipline" beyond we've gone. As commonly used now, a blog is a running web journal or diary, which is added to daily or, in many cases, even many times throughout the day. Most of the ones I've looked at are more similar to the original "Jonals" that were posted from Los Angeles three years ago than this current version.

Though the preponderance of bloggers are not professional writers, journalists, or anything more closely related than computer geeks and hobbiests, some of them are pros, and some in that subcategory have even turned their "blogging" into profitable publishing ventures. Though Matt Drudge, the 'net journalist who broke some of the Clinton scandals and continues to scoop the major media with breaking news, isn't quite precisely a blogger, he's close enough to be a hero of the blogging subculture.

The potential of blogging to become income producing is the most "intriguing" aspect of the development to me, as I've been looking for ways to turn my web expertise and passion into something related to my education and resume, that can at least supplement Social Security in a few years from now when I'll be eligible to that but won't have much saved retirement funding to fall back on otherwise.

But many of the most avid bloggers are even more intrigued by another aspect of the practice: it presents a totally democratic alternative to the multimillion-dollar mass media. Anyone who can write cohesive sentences can become a blogger, and some of them are becoming famous and internationally quoted for some of their reports and opinions. I'll take up some of the related aspects of this development later. Meanwhile, if you'd like a "blogging plunge," the best place to start that I've found is here.

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—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Not necessarily funny, but perhaps amusing "facts"

11. The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
12. The youngest pope was 11 years old.
13. The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
14. Those San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
15. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

In your earliest waking moments of the day, consciously start
praising God right away, first thing, for good things that He is and for good things that He's doing. Focus your heart on Jesus as the only One you're
doing things for, as the source of your joy, as your reason for living. And aggressively look for Him all over, all through your day. As long as your attitude is lined up with the holy horizon of the God who has your life, your flight will weather any storm and arrive home safely.

Ron Hutchcraft
Sent by Jim Martin

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