Back in the day when I was working for a PR agency fresh out of college, I had a friend back in England (in fact, all my friends were back in England) who was super into computers and the burgeoning Internet. Not all companies had Websites yet (in fact, very few had them) and certainly 'people' didn't. I had arrived in the USA on a wing and prayer and a J1- visa. I missed my friends terribly. But I was also in a new world, with new friends and desperate to find evening venues (read: bars and clubs) that were sufficiently entertaining for this London girl.
Whenever I found something worthy of telling someone, it was a big deal (I was hard to please). But my emails back home had taken on this mad diary vibe. Guess who I found, saw, did, who I met, etc. Oe morning, I woke up and I had this fantastic idea. Wouldn't it be great to have a diary-like WEBSITE that I could update? Not only my friends could see it, but anyone who was in this town and looking for fun things to do, great bars to frequent and fabulous food (a needle in a haystack). They'd be able to check my "Diary of a London Girl in the Deep South" and get some recommendations or just be entertained by the weird situations I seemed to find myself in, almost daily. (Yes, I was Mr. Clean's tour guide. Yes, he's a real person. White eyebrows, bald head, earring and all).
I called my friend (the Internet guy) and told him of my amazing idea. It was a little self-absorbed, I admitted. I mean not everyone (or anyone) is going to be interested in my moment to moment shenanigans. But some might. And frankly it would make my life easier than sending multiple emails to all my friends.
No, he said.
No. He could set up regular website and I could go into an update tool and just type into the html. And yeah... He'd think about it. Or get back to me or whatever.
Well, the next morning I woke up and thought, what a ridiculous idea. Never mind a little self- absorbed. It was COMPLETELY self-absorbed. I wasn't famous, wasn't doing anything earth-shattering or world-changing. I shot off a quick email. Sorry for that stupid idea. No problem, he said.
THEN BLOGGING BECAME HUGE.
And every time I turned around , the person next to me had started a blog. It was actually quite hilarious! And it's a good thing no one was depending on those 'blog' updates because clearly I am terrible at keeping the thing updated!
Tomorrow I'm running a workshop at Moonlight and Magnolias and then heading to Savannah for a book signing before slipping off to a friends beach house to put some serious words on a page (CAN'T WAIT). You see. Not that interesting :)