Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Why Do I Do It??!?!?!??!?!?!?!???!?!??


Was that...yes, it was! Oh, no!!!

Once again I have been marked by the vicious Indonesian/German tagger, Selba! This time I'm required to name the top five reasons why I blog. Okay, that sounds harmless enough, so here goes:

1. Chronic Ceativity - You could probably say that any kind of artist is an exhibitionist at heart. We want people to see what we create, and we want them to appreciate us for it. "Life in the Land of the Rising Sun" started out as an "e-blog", i.e. I used to write the articles and e-mail them to all the people on my mailing list. Switching to the blog format was just the logical progression from that.

2. The Umbilical Cord of Sentiment - As I mentioned in my profile, I came to Japan for what was only supposed to be a two-year experience, after which I planned to return to Oregon and complete a couple more college degrees. Then I got a real life here in Japan and wound up settling here. However, as much as I like living in Japan (much more than my griping would make you think), Oregon is still my spiritual home. This blog is a way for me to maintain that link, as I have relatives and friends from over there that appear and comment here regularly.

3. The Cosmopolitan Call - I started using ICQ some years ago, and without even trying I wound up with a very interesting and very international circle of friends. It became very much a part of my life, and I valued those contacts greatly. I finally gave up on ICQ when I realized the majority of the messages I was getting were coming from webcam and online porn sites. However, though I eventually lost touch with most of my ICQ "family", I was able to reestablish contact with a few of them by creating my blog site. I've also managed to develop a new, even bigger and better cosmopolitan circle of friends thanks to this site.

4. Peer Pressure - The fact is that people had been pressing me to develop my own web site for years. I had always thought about it, but had simply never gotten around to it. Blogger made the job much easier. Now I not only have this site, but I have given into still more peer pressure and created the Minstrel's Muse blog to showcase my music, something else people have bugged me about for years. Maybe I'll make a more serious site of my own in the future, but for now Blogger serves me well.

5. Terminal Eloquence - Face it: I've always been a blabbermouth. My first grade teacher referred to me as a "chatterbox". My second grade teacher said I was "noisily creative". My third grade teacher called me "motormouth". My fifth grade teacher warned me either to learn to shut up or risk becoming an outcast. My eighth grade English teacher told me never to stop expressing myself. My favorite English teacher in high school said she looked forward to reading me when I finally got published (but she has already passed away, sadly enough). During my Eagle Court of Honor my old scoutmaster (Don Snabulus' dad) described me as "someone who loves to communicate" (which drew much applause). My Writing 101 teacher in college said I should be writing for a magazine. My technical report writing teacher at Oregon State said I belonged writing novels, not technical reports (which was why he gave me a D). My 400-level German Literature teacher at OSU said I had "a knack for expression with impact." All of those pretty much hit the nail on the head. I've always been fond of sending letters-to-the-editor to newspapers and magazines (and I've been published many times...even receiving payment for it on more than one occasion). Spewing on other people's blogs is pretty much a given, so I figured it was only fair to have my own blog both so I could spout and other people could spout back at me.

Okay...I guess that pretty much does it.

I tag everyone who doesn't read this. The offer is still open to the rest of you, however.


  • Vicious???


    Taggin you means that I care about you!!! Hahaha.... :D

    Sometimes I get very impressed by a person who can not stop talking (as long as the talking isn't a non-sense stuff). It needs talents to be able to talk and talk and talk, hehehe

    By Blogger Selba, at 6:20 PM  

  • I vote for Terminal Eloquence! Oh, wait it isn't a poll. Sorry. he he.

    Whatever your reasons, I'm glad you blog.

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 7:52 PM  

  • Selba
    Oh, I'm teasing you, and you know it!

    It's easy for me to be eloquent on paper, but when it comes to speaking face to face I often find myself at a loss for words...

    It might as well be a poll! I don't think I can compete with your masterful blogging, however!

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 8:48 PM  

  • i love ur blog ... hope u never stop.

    do i remember u saying that u were writing a book or am i dreamin? if u are, what's it about? if not, have u considered it?

    By Blogger tooners, at 12:08 AM  

  • OOh, I remember ICQ. It did get a bit out of hand in later years.

    Before that, in the mid-90s, I found myself on gosh, it was pure text on a white background and you had to type in strange IP addresses to get in...can't believe that was me...and there were people you looked for to chat with on a regular basis. Wierd.

    I much prefer blogging.

    A poem you might like on Slate, about a Gaijin!

    By Blogger Olivia, at 1:34 AM  

  • well all in glad you blog you till talk a lot lol? :p
    and yes ICQ..was the cool thing in school 5 or six years ago..but as you said ended up being a porn and horny old guys chat room.. ugh..

    By Blogger memo, at 8:27 AM  

  • I'll go for the never stop talking thing. Most of the pics we have of you your mouth is open.

    By the way. We got DSL so I have my own connection now.

    By Blogger Phillipa Scratch, at 12:51 PM  

  • Tooners
    I do a lot of writing. Most of it has been short stories and stuff related to role-playing games (which I haven't played for years except for online), but I'm working on the second novel of what may end up being a trilogy...or quadrogy...or tragedy...

    Pure text and manually-entered IP addresses?!? You mean you had to get your hands dirty????!? ;-)

    Your comment begs the question: would I be considered a horny old man on ICQ by people your age? :-S
    Yes, I still do talk a lot. Just ask my sister:

    Welcome back! Long time no see!
    Actually, my mouth is open in most of those pictures because I kept having trouble with hay fever and couldn't breathe through my nose! Speaking of which...arrrrgghh...

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 9:17 PM  

  • yes, remember the Hyperterminal application in Windows? It's still there, but I wonder who uses it now.

    Probably people who were around from the beginning when the internet was a load of bulletin boards and IRCs.

    By Blogger Olivia, at 1:24 AM  

  • Oh, yes...and I still remember my very first experiences with the internet back in 1987...using a UNIX-based mainframe computer that I wasn't supposed to be authorized to touch! (It was nice having computer science major friends.) No graphic interface, just ASCII and all those esoteric text commands that made DOS seem like child's play.

    I remember how wild and wonderful Macintosh seemed back then...and how my comp. science friends scorned it!

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 1:38 AM  

  • MM, I too am glad you blog. I've learned much. Thank you.

    By Blogger Happysurfer, at 6:54 PM  

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