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.