WTF kinda name is that for a blog?

a few weeks ago, i had a dream.  unfortunately, not the martin luther king, jr. kinda dream wherein i envisioned a way to make the world a better place.  no, nothing so grandiose as that.  instead, i had a dream during which it came to me that i should co-author a blog with some friends and that the name of that blog should be “start the evolution without me!”.  i don’t even know what that means, but i like it!

while i’m a great fan of blogs (and literally making your dreams come true), i’ve always seen blogs as kind of egotistical, particularly if written by me.  i mean, what gives me the right to presume that anyone would be interested in what i have to say.  i don’t know how to do much of anything and i’m not that smart, so who in the world (literally) would be interested in anything i might blog about.  and, yet, i still had this craving to share my writing with the whole wide world (that’s what the www in web browser addresses stands for; right??). 

during an e-mail exchange with a friend of mine who lives in germany (thanks, richard!) concerning my ambivalent feelings about starting a blog, he mentioned that he thought that a blog with several authors would be more interesting than one authored by only a single writer.  that made sense to me and, because i am one of the world’s laziest people, i liked the idea that with co-authors i wouldn’t have to be coming up with new blog ideas all the time.  so i approached my friends karen and michael who live in montana with the idea of co-writing a blog.  and that’s where this blog came from.

by the way, at the time i didn’t even know there was a name for several people authoring one blog.  but of course there is and it’s called the collaborative blog.  once i found that out, i started searching the web for more information about such blogs.  turns out that (at least in english) there aren’t a great many of them out there (should have been a hint right there not to do it, i guess).  of the ones that DO exist, the authors normally have a mutual agenda.  but since i don’t think that, for the most part, i’ve had a mutual agenda with many others since grade school when almost all my classmates and i would occasionally pray for snow days so we wouldn’t have to go to school, i ruled that out. 

so, tossing aside the mutual agenda or interest idea like a used tissue, i figured it would be fun to write a blog with a couple of my friends with whom i have just about no common denominator.  and thus i approached karen and michael.  the only thing that we for sure have in common is that we all worked at everglades national park, florida.  i have empirical evidence that this is true because that’s where i met them.  they now live in montana and i now live in central mexico, hence the hypertext protocol address of bigskysouthernsky (kinda catchy, don’t ya think?). 

so that’s my side of the story.  karen and michael can each give you theirs if they so desire.


About Barbara

in april of 2008, i moved from the united states to mexico. during my working days, i held lots and lots of jobs....almost all chosen because they were fun or interesting instead of how much they paid. when i started thinking about retirement (in my 40s), i realized that i would never be able to retire to a country where english was the native language. and although i had traveled to every state in the US -- and lived in lots of them -- i had never been outside the country with the exception of canada and mexico. and since you now know that i could never afford to retire in canada (even to the french-speaking area), mexico won by default.
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9 Responses to WTF kinda name is that for a blog?

  1. Jonnie says:

    So far so good. I don’t agree with the part about you not being that smart. You kick my ass at Trivial Pursuit! I was going to comment about your shift key still being broken but I decided that that is your “trademark” literary style, so why ruin a good thing.

    • Barbara says:

      jojo, i hate to tell you, but doing well in trivial pursuit doesn’t have as much to do with intelligence as it does with having a good memory. now, if you could just remember to buy the gingko!!!

  2. Wyotoad says:

    e e cummins didn’t use caps and James Joyce didn’t use punctuation is major sections of “Ulysses.” Worked for them.

    • Barbara says:

      orr, punctuation is pretty much vital when i don’t use caps. i’m still pondering over the caps thing. (pretty sweet that that’s the most important decision i have to make today!)

  3. Sharon Sheppard says:

    i am impressed, dear barb. and no caps. i will try it.
    you and your montana friends keep up the good work and i love the name of your blog.
    i think all americans living in mexico should have to come to pahrump, nv once a year anyway to renew something.
    ooxx shep

  4. Gigi says:

    Being guided by dreams is a just fine idea. Keep it up! We’ll get alot of fun from it, too!
    I look forward to “meeting” your collaboraters, too!

  5. Sheila says:

    I lovvvve blogs!! I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading yours. Gonna find out all kinds of neat things about your life in Mexico. Buena suerte, Barb.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Welcome to the Blogosphere! Hope you enjoy it and stay awhile! Maybe I should have you guest post on my blog about one of your many adventures 🙂

    You’re off to a great start, congratulations to you all. Next will be a Twitter account and Facebook fan page 🙂

  7. Barbara says:

    to shep, gigi, sheila, and jenn: thanks for your good wishes. we’ll try to meet your expectations which, one would hope, are pretty low.

    jenn: twitter? facebook fan page? girl, i’ve been without TV for 18 months, have not had a cell phone, and now have a fancy landline that i’m not even sure how to use! i am a luddite through and through (look it up, kids). i think you should be impressed that karen, michael, and i learned how to get a blog set up and posted on so quickly!!

    have fun at the rally to restore sanity this weekend! keep us all updated!

    p.s. could you loan me some exclamation points? i seem to be running out.

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