Lasting Impressions From This Blog

There are a lot of things I will take with me as I take my leave of this blog next month.  As I have stated many times, you get to meet the same kind of people blogging as you do in the real world.  The only difference is that people in cyberspace are quicker to lose their temper than they would in a real life situation.  That doesn't apply to every situation, of course.  But, for the most part, people behind a computer screen are a lot braver than they are face to face. That is something that I will always remember no matter where I go.  I discovered this truth very quickly on David's Musings.  Some mighty brave people out there sitting in their office chair behind the computer screen.  I termed the phrase "Internet Cowboy" for these folks. Since that time, I have discovered others use that term to describe people who are all rough and tough behind the computer screen.  It is a phenomenon that never ceases to amaze me.

Another thing that amazes me is how blogging can bring out the "inner writer" in you.  When I first started this blog, writing a novel was the furthermost thing from my mind.  Oh, it had always been a goal of mine.  But, because of my lack of education, I thought writing and publishing a novel was beyond my reach.  Thanks to today's technology and, yes, to this blog, I achieved my goal of writing and publishing my apocalyptic thriller, "Diary:  Alone on Earth."  It never achieved the success I dreamed about continually.  But, reaching my goal was payment enough in and of itself.  I am convinced if I had not started this blog, I would never have had the intestinal fortitude to actually have that eBook published.  That is something I will always think about when I think of David's Musings.

I also must mention the freedom to express myself this blog has given me.  I spoke of things, about myself that I have never shared with family members or close friends.  I know it is weird to say that when you share private information to total strangers on the internet.  I guess the rationale for this is that chances are extremely rare I will ever meet someone from cyberspace.  Now, I have met others I have become acquainted with via email.  But, I have never met anyone from interaction on this blog.  Blogging gives you that freedom to let loose and let the chips fall as they may.

I have enjoyed this little blog.  Letting go of David's Musings is like losing an old, close friend in a lot of ways. It reminds me of a line from Red in "Shawshank Redemption" (a movie I just love).  "But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend."  I guess I will too, Red.


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