Don’t Let Them Break the Internet

This is how websites will look, except not as cute, if big cable companies get their way and charge “fastlane” prices that little guy, indie and independent websites cannot afford. Look, the net has been a great format for previously unheard voices from blogging to video to music. Bandcamp, SoundCloud, YouTube, WordPress and so many…

The Post Father’s Day Father’s Day Post

Just a little journal-ing here today, old-school, Journalspace-style, and very sparsely edited. Does anyone remember Journalspace? That’s where I had my blog before it was mainstream to really call them blogs. After MySpace, before Facebook, back in the early part of this (still rather young) century many of less trendy net writers were keeping “online journals”…

A Quick and Belated Look Back

And a Slight Technical Tragedy One of the reasons I first fell in love with the WordPress platform, after Journalspace folded and my experiments with Blogger failed to give me hope, was that WordPress, like GMail, saves as you go. Usually whatever you are composing, even if  you had a computer glitch on your end,…

Pennsylvania “Working-class Poets” in World Literature Today

I was talking about social media here yesterday, and when I dragged myself from covers to coffee and consciousness late this morning, I was surprised to see how much that post had been shared and tweeted about in the early hours of this Wednesday. To say more would be to engage in the kind of…

Literary Connections, Poetweet and Social Media (The Real Post)

WordPress is a funny place. Imagine dropping your notebook, and a few words you jotted down suddenly wind up being published online. Or maybe you accidentally turned in your outline on Chaucer, rather than  your completed essay, but the professor gave you an A anyway. WordPress is a wonderfully weird place. Last night I accidentally…

Have I Introduced You to the Other Poet in the Family?

Yes, I have three sons. One is the Compassionate Scholar. The second is the Bohemian Musician. And the youngest is the Irascible Writer. Each is different, and each possess a killer, nearly subversive sense of humor. Alas, I cannot fathom its origin. For the moment, only the writer has a WordPress blog (that I know…