Monday, February 11, 2013

The X-Spot: Year Seven

Another year has come and gone.  During that time, I’ve done half one series, and half of another.  The old gray mare just ain’t what it used to be. 

I’d like to say there wasn’t that much action during that time, but I’d be wrong, of course. These last two series have been the most contentious that I have done.  On the bright side, as I have mentioned earlier, I’ve received help from a number of netizens (I think–for reasons that will be clear in a couple of posts, I can’t tell if I’m dealing with twenty or one).  Whatever the case, I thank you all for weighing in.  It has truly been an enlightening experience.

I also appreciate you regular readers who have put up with my frequent blogosphere absences over the past twelve months.  I’m glad to see you still around.  Perhaps one of these days I’ll share the kudos given to you by some of the people lurking around the blog, and by some of my meatspace friends who are as impressed with you as I am.  I was particularly ecstatic to see Devin and Roxanne in particular during the early part of this series.  I hope to see your comments as the series winds down.

Of course, some of you are no longer on the air, and I understand your reasons.  Let’s face it, blogging is a passe social medium these days.  So I’ll just say I miss you. 

One person I particularly miss is Libby.  I haven’t been able to reach her by e-mail or telephone.  If you ever read this, hon, remember that you’ll always be a part of this page, and a part of me.

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  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger foam said…

    Seven years it's been. It's been a long but good haul for you. I was happy to see Devon pop up on your site too. As far as Roxanne goes .. She's a fb buddy, ya know, as are a bunch of other folks.
    Some old timers may have quit blogging regularly, but you have gained some really interesting new folks that really seem to know what they are talking about.
    Libby is actually a fb buddy of a mutual cyber friend of ours.
    I have not seen her comment in a while though.

     
  • At 2:25 PM, Blogger X. Dell said…

    Interesting is a good way to describe them. Some know a lot about this topic because they saw it develop in situ.

     
  • At 12:38 AM, Blogger Ray Palm (Ray X) said…

    Congrats on seven years. By coincidence I also started my paper zine in February many years ago. And with the tech changes that came along, I've shifted most of my attention to my blog that came later, my paper zine now a collection of posts from it.

    You mentioned that blogs aren't as popular as before. Visits to mine have dropped, nothing drastic, but there remains many more readers online than those who follow my paperzine. I would rather have a few faithful readers than someone who only glances at my posts because it's the latest fad to follow blogs. Anyway, I don't see a serious blogger/researcher such as yourself trying to get the story out with Twitter and Pininterest. [G]

    And now I see another tech change, this time with e-readers/tablets. Lately I've been using an Android tablet with a 7 inch screen (I finally was able to save up for one) to read your posts . I can save copies and read them later. My tablet is as comfortable as holding a book so now I can read in bed or sitting at a table at a local cafe. Fortunately the relatively narrow blog columns can be read on my 7 inch screen with type large enough to avoid eyestrain. Now I can review your posts with any need to print them out.

    My apartment is stuffed with materials, way too much. So less print-outs means less to toss out. Saving a few trees from death...

     
  • At 12:07 PM, Blogger Shrinky said…

    Your posts are always fresh, regardless of how long you've been blogging - sadly, that's not always something we all can claim. You don't blog just for the sake of posting, and often as challenging as it can be, it's refreshing to read the well researched and provoking topics you cover.

    Well done on reaching another milestone, my friend - here's to the next seven years!

     
  • At 12:46 PM, Blogger X. Dell said…

    Ray, thanks. I've thought about getting one of those tablets. But I'll have to wait and see.

    You're well aware, as a long-time reader of this page, that I've often struggled with the limitations of the blogging format over the years. Twitter would damn near kill me.

    And what you say about paperzines, I agree. There's something gained, of course, by going paperless, and one can certainly argue that it's all for the greater good. But there's something lost,too. And the technologies that make Androids possible might represent the best compromise.

    Shrinky, my friend, thanks for the kind words. I can use them. Of course, if I'm still here in seven years, then it's probably an indication that I'm dragging these series out way too long:-)

     
  • At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Lenore; Nevermore. said…

    I just got tired of the meatspace drama spilling over into my relatively innocent blogging patterns.. It was easier to just let it all go. I'm doing well now, on a different level of cyber-social. I've been clubbing and going to museums and exhibits out here in the ether, it's where I belong now.. I miss you though, and I still pop in from time to time :-)

     
  • At 1:51 AM, Blogger X. Dell said…

    Hi old friend. It's good to see you any time. Perhaps we can drop each other an e-mail every now and then?

    I've been so swamped lately that it's hard to keep up with things. But I hope we stay in touch.

     
  • At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Lenore; Nevermore. said…

    You can drop me an email ANY time, my dearest net bro. I miss you terribly and I would absolutely NOT want to lose touch! Someday we're still going to have the chance to do meatspace javas, one way or another ~xo

     

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