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Whither Go My Words?

The Internet provides us the ability to craft our words into an art-form. We communicate by typing our language onto a screen; we click a button that sends our words into an infinite space. Whither goes our message? Who knows? Out there somewhere, or everywhere?

Communicate we must for combining this modern utility with our art we reveal our character. Our ancient ancestors did the very same with their utility of a natural marker, leaving for the ages a record of their thoughts on the walls of their cave homes.

And so it is with each and every blog post I make. I cast my words, my thoughts, into the ether. Are they communicative? Are they well-crafted words? Are they long-lasting? Are they powerful?

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I have been troubleshooting my problems with Picasa Web Albums since mid November, with nary one iota of help from Google. Google automatically charged my credit card in mid-November for another year of storage and at the same time re-sized smaller all of my thousands of photographs that I had uploaded to my paid account the year before. In addition, I can no longer upload my full size images – each time that I try my photos are made smaller.

I have written four emails to the only two contacts I could find. Only one received a response, from Picasa Support picasa-support@google.com, which response had nothing at all to do with my problems (Re: [#226174541] Picasa Web Albums):

Thank you for your recent storage purchase. Below are some frequently asked questions; each link will take you to a help center article where you can find more information. If you don’t find an answer here, please reply to this message.

I have now given up all hope of ever receiving help from Google and I will now have to eventually find the time to reupload all 137 of my albums at Picasa Web Albums from my computer to my Flickr account. This is such horrible service from Google that I must now rescind all of the complimentary posts I have made at my various blogs praising Picasa Web Albums. NO MORE PRAISE from me about Picasa Web Albums. GO FLICKR!

Caveat Emptor!” Rereading the TOS (Terms of Service) I see that Google is behaving in the exact manner that it warns about in its TOS:

4. Provision of the Services by Google

4.2 Google is constantly innovating in order to provide the best possible experience for its users. You acknowledge and agree that the form and nature of the Services which Google provides may change from time to time without prior notice to you.

4.3 As part of this continuing innovation, you acknowledge and agree that Google may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Services (or any features within the Services) to you or to users generally at Google’s sole discretion, without prior notice to you. You may stop using the Services at any time. You do not need to specifically inform Google when you stop using the Services.

4.4 You acknowledge and agree that if Google disables access to your account, you may be prevented from accessing the Services, your account details or any files or other content which is contained in your account.

4.5 You acknowledge and agree that while Google may not currently have set a fixed upper limit on the number of transmissions you may send or receive through the Services or on the amount of storage space used for the provision of any Service, such fixed upper limits may be set by Google at any time, at Google’s discretion.

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The Blog of a Nobody

I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there ‘s a pair of us — don’t tell!
They ‘d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

~~Emily Dickenson

We can only imagine what American poetess Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) could have accomplished with a blog. Or would it have, in fact, been much less than she accomplished without one?

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As I ponder the current writers’ strike, and said “professional” writers’ abandonment of their television gigs, I wonder if more and more readers will leave their TVs and come over to the Internet and read the “free” writings, photographs and videos of the bloggers.

Why blog?

Once one is a blogger, one knows exactly where one is. No other one can order the blogger about nor fire her. A blogger is her own mistress, and needs consult no one else nor mind what they say before publishing her blog. Things go on round about her world, but the blogger doesn’t fret about those things and writes only about what she finds of interest. If she finds nothing, then she goes on to other things, such as housework or shopping. There are no organized unions pestering nor ordering her about. She is a free writer and lives in an entirely different universe then does the professional writer.

There is really no security, peace nor tranquility, except when a writer is writing free. When her ideas out grow her blog and she wants to expand, why with a click of her mouse, she just begins another blog, — and there she is! If she begins to feel that her blog has gotten a bit too unwieldy for her to handle, she just stops writing for a while, and there she is once again! She needs no builders, no tradesmen, no craftsmen, no writers helping her, nor looking over her hunched shoulders, and above all she needs no UNIONS.

Take a look at professional writers of today. Their UNION said “jump” and they immediately had to respond “how high?” Where are they now? Marching their feet in picket lines instead of using their fingers to write. A few weeks of that and they will find themselves with heads barely above water while at the same time seeking smaller, less expensive lodgings where they will be inconveniently situated and horribly uncomfortable.

UNIONS certainly have their place for writers who desire to maintain a certain standard of living. But for writing free, which is my idea of writing, “there’s nothing like a BLOG.” It’s “BLOG Sweet BLOG” for me.

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