I started this blog one year ago today.
What a difference a year can make.
After several years of self-imposed isolation–mostly due to the effects caused by being over-drugged by allopathic doctors–I started re-emerging as a participant in the world around me.
Blogging was a part of that.
I started blogging mostly for myself, thinking it would be a way to journal my personal experience. That really hasn’t happened here, or at least not the way I imagined. My experience with blogging at Open Salon turned sour when they commercialized that site, and though my personal blog gets far fewer “hits”, it feels good to be independent.
No doubt that I am still doing this for myself. That others have discovered my writing and found value in it is just icing on the cake.
In the past year I have gotten to know several other AIDS questioners, many of them also dealing with health issues and a so-called “poz” diagnosis. That has helped destroy the feeling of isolation I had been under for so long.
Because of this blog I reconnected with an old friend in my own community, Kansas City, whose personal experience also defies the AIDS paradigm.
I have also met others who live farther away, but thanks to the Internet, they are as accessible as though they lived next door.
This blog will soon move to my own domain. I had hoped to have that done for this anniversary, but it is proving more complicated than I had hoped. Blogging here at wordpress.com has been a great experience and I recommend them to anyone wanting to blog. Having my own site will only increase my options for the future.
Meanwhile I have been collaborating online with other dissidents on a new project based on a vision of community and collaboration that will hopefully prove to be a valuable asset to the AIDS dissident community.