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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Internet Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a man with a blog. He would blog about his family and his friends. He would blog about his motorcycle adventures and camping. He would blog about work and about play. He would blog about everything and nothing.

But the man was a busy man. The man juggled several part-time jobs while maintaining a full-time job, keeping track of his family and managing a non-profit organization. Because several of his part-time jobs allowed him to write, sometimes for money even, he once went for a couple days without posting to his blog.

An annonymous voice came to his inbox during the night. When the man opened his mail in the morning the voice said, "Don't neglect the blog."

"Don't neglect the blog? What does that mean?" The man continued to post to his blog and life continued.

Several weeks later them man got busy with travel for his non-profit organization. His blog was silent for almost a week. Shortly after returning from his trip a message arrived in his inbox. The voice said "Don't neglect the blog." This was starting to sound serious.

"Neglect the blog? Neglect the blog! But I have a life. I have a family. I have work. The blog is secondary to all of that. Besides, I get my writing fix from the newspaper and magazines I write for," he said to himself.

He continued to live and to write and he would post both stories and photographs to his blog.

After several weeks of normal living and blogging the man got sick with the stomach flu. Then on the weekend the man had to teach a motorcycle course. The man missed posting to his blog for over a week.

The very next day the voice came back to his inbox but this time the voice was different. "You NEGLECTED the blog."

The man was startled but, being busy, he did not post to his blog and kept living his life. The very next day a schoolbus fell out of the sky and crushed the man and he never blogged again.

The end.

Author's notes:

I have not been crushed by a bus that fell out of the sky. I have been busy. It is a fairy tale (two words; I looked it up) so a bus can fall out of the sky if I want it to. A long time ago (maybe 3 years) I told Madeleine that all fairy tales started with "Once upon a time..." and ended with "The end." I also told her the shortest fairy tale is "Once upon a time, the End." (So much for the quality of my parenting/teaching skills). In fairy tales the warning always happens in threes. I only got one annonymous "don't neglect the blog" but it made me laugh and I instantly went into fairy tale mode. As for keeping the blog "up to date" scroll down a few posts (I'm busier than a one legged man at an ass kicking contest these days). But keep those encouraging e-mail comin' :-D

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