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Why have a web site at all?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery | Posted on 07-06-2006

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Or at least, why put such personal information out there on the net for the world to see? I had previously said something on my main page about the net being the greatest vanity press ever invented, and I still think of it that way. It has given an unprecedented number of people not just the ability to publish their material, but to reach vast audiences with it. I originally started creating a home page because I needed to learn HTML to do my job, but I quickly found that having a forum in which to present my thoughts as I please, without editing by or for anyone else, was an addictive experience!

And, really—why wouldn't I have a web page? Why wouldn't I be happy to be noticed?

There are plenty of excellent sites that are just links or search engines, like Yahoo. There isn't a need for additional pages that are only collections of links, and therefore I've avoided that on my site. Why have a site with no original content?

If you're going to create content, you have to speak on some subject. Something you do know about. Something you have reason to believe somebody else wants or needs to read. I have written about what I know, from computers or music to my family and life.

I am a very open and honest person. I do not hide anything about who I am. I am careful to conceal some information for safety's sake, such as precisely where we live. Otherwise I don't care who knows such things about me. My activity on the net, both professional and personal, has always been conducted under my own name and email address with no attempt to conceal my identity. I do not say anything online that I wouldn't acknowledge publicly, face to face. I'm happy with who I am and what I've done in my life, and the vast majority of correspondence I receive from visitors to this site indicates that reading about my experiences has helped some of them in their own lives. That is, in and of itself, a positive result.

It is also therapeutic to write about some issues, such as being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Some issues, such as size acceptance, are important to me personally, and I want to provoke thought regarding them. I am absolutely passionate about the responsibilities we as adults bear with regards to children, so I wrote the parenting page. Sharing information about, for instance, the books and music I enjoy may allow someone else to receive pleasure from the same sources.

In short, this site exists because it helps me and others. If anyone doesn't like what I publish here, they don't have to read it. If you do choose to read it I hope you enjoy the experience. If you feel a need to attack me based on what I say here, or to twist this information out of context, I pray that some day you will find healing so you can find better pursuits to fill your days.

Comments (2)

I was first inter­est­ed by your title “Ene­my of Entropy” list­ed in the Big Fat Index and on vis­it­ing your blog and oth­er sites I found a wealth of mate­r­i­al I’ll be com­ing back for in the near future. The titles of your arti­cles all sound appeal­ing and many of the sub­jects you write about are among my con­cerns: fat lib­er­a­tion, pagan­ism, chron­ic fatigue, online pri­va­cy and safe­ty, writ­ing and oth­ers. All your sites are a great answer to your own ques­tion “Why Have a Web Site at All?”.

Blessed be and best wishes,

Emilio

Thank you! I’m always glad to hear from peo­ple who enjoy my site, and I real­ly appre­ci­ate the encouragement.