Happy anniversary to resistance is fruitful

December 27, 2009
me at fox

photo by: "Clever Kid"

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.

Stay tuned.  The best is yet to come!


Facebook made me do it

July 12, 2009
facebook

I’ve been negligent about blogging for several weeks.  I also became disillusioned with Open Salon and deleted all my posts there, which is a shame because I had developed something of an audience there. I just didn’t feel comfortable with the direction the site was headed. Their decision to place advertising on my blog that I have no control over was the final straw.

I wasn’t too sure about Facebook when I first joined it either. I do not find it to be a very intuitive, user-friendly place. However, I have found some value in it since re-connecting with some long lost friends and making at least some new ones already.  It’s proven to be a great place to stay in touch with family AND to network with other AIDS dissidents and rethinkers.  That’s a pretty big accomplishment.

When I tried to  link this blog to my Facebook page, it was kind enough to notice that I haven’t posted anything new in 30 days, so it isn’t going to update there.  It will also take having at least  four friends sign up as “followers” (hint, hint) in order to get the Facebook servers to check for new material on a regular basis.

In my defense, this isn’t a full-time project for me. And there are a couple of recent “AIDS studies” that I’ve been wanting to review and promote, so there is some more content in the pipeline.

Welcome to my blog,  new Facebook friends, and stay tuned.


doin’ it with cartouche

March 30, 2009

doin' it with cartouche

your's truly, hot tubbing with cartouche, courtesy of photo editing software

An interview on Open Salon

Besides this blog, I am a member of and contributor to Open Salon, another unique blogging/social networking site. While many of my posts are cross-posted, both sites also host unique offerings from me.

This morning’s post is an interview conducted by another OS member, cartouche.

If you want to see more of me, you’ll have to jump in over there by clicking on the photo above.

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