Being an inhabitant of "Blogland" is a very strange concept. Complete strangers become mates, although the likelihood of ever meeting is almost zero. Way back in December 2012, when I embarked on this latest incarnation of my blog, little could I have realised how enjoyable the venture would become? I'll admit, here and now, that the passing of time has a great deal of hidden benefits, despite the very obvious downside. There are no short-cuts to experience and those confrontational days, of The Non-conformist blog, were a necessity in order for me to reach the point that I'm now at. George Harrison wrote the lyric "if you don't know where you're going any road can take you there!" It's a perfect summary of the continued pleasure I derive from this cyber interaction with ridiculous numbers of other souls from around the globe. "Of Esox" would be a very stale place if pike were the only subject matter involved, hence the inclusion of "& Observations" which gives me the scope to explore so many other tangents as my life's adventure moves relentlessly onward. No chance of being taken to task due to a misleading blog title? Trade descriptions have no role within blogging and realistically, as a blogger, I can post whatever I want because there is no compulsion for a visitor to actually read, let alone agree with, what are nothing more than the opinions of an individual.
With You-tubers establishing that platform as the dominant force in social media due directly to the technology to record, high quality, moving images becoming evermore affordable. Blogging is seemingly left to a generation of folk for whom the joy of the written word is a skill which was learned during school days long before the invention of battery powered calculators? I still retain fond memories of logarithmic tables. A Google search might be required by those same You-tubers to understand what I'm speaking about? Blogging is, in cyber terms, the Jurassic Park of this computer driven age. Bloggers being the dinosaurs who hang on to that ability to communicate via the use of the written word in a world where txt speech is everything and the complete opposite to why our skills with English, and basic mathematics, were an essential piece in the interview process as we set out on our career paths. Quite simply we've been left behind in some type of IT graveyard as the technological advances move, ever onward, towards new communication platforms that humanity, at present, can but dream of?
Does it matter? Of course it doesn't. Quite how any individual chooses to interact with the cyber system is very much a personal decision which requires no authorisation from third parties.
It's an absolute pleasure to be able to share my slant on the world, as viewed from a very individual perspective, and something that I have no desire to cease. "Don't fix what ain't broken!" being my thoughts. Exactly the same thinking as to why I wear a Tag Heuer "Calibre 5" Aquaracer, being a complete watch snob, and not some pathetic £99, black plastic, Fit-bit, lifestyle gizmo. At this stage in my life it's all about being satisfied with who, and what, I am. If blogging is the limit of my cyber skills, so be it.
Where, and how, will it end up? Your guess is as good as mine, I've absolutely no idea. All the while my blogging is able to create interaction with unknown folk, from so many different backgrounds and interests, I remain committed to the project. Looking forward. I am hopeful that Of Esox will still be capable of attracting interest in December 2022, thus a decade of blogging under this particular banner. What would be even more satisfying would be if it could be achieved without me managing to fall out with a bunch of unknown individuals, resulting in the wasted emotions of anger and hatred, purely due to a difference of opinion. Only time will tell, but on the positive side must be the fact that this venture has gotten thus far with no such fall out!
So communicating, via the written word, is an outdated mode but, there again, so is long hair, split cane rods and Levi 501's? Get the drift - too old to change now, I'll do my best to fill the rest of my days doing the things with which I'm comfortable and not attempting to change purely to fit in. As it says on my blog description "You'll never make a difference by being the same as everyone else" and I'm determined to stay true to that doctrine all the while I draw breathe. Yeah; Blogging - it's a very weird adventure!