The difference between a pro blog and a blog

. . . . . . . I write a pro blog. I work it and massage it. For instance, there was a time when all my entries had paragraphs flush left against the margin. Then I entered |||||||| to symbolize an indent. Then I rediscovered a way to make invisible indents (or nearly invisible, depending on the computer you’re on). This excited me. You know you’re a literature wonk when getting proper paragraphs made on your digital forum is one of the highlights of your year.

. . . . . . . The Cradle is my pro blog. That means I don’t care much what the audience thinks. It has to be that way, as its nature is highly experimental.

“I love the simplicity of the Cube because it’s a very clear geometrical shape, and I love geometry because it’s the study of how the whole universe is structured.” — Emo Rubik

. . . . . . . You may not realize or sense this, but everything is getting better. Primarily, I have figured out how to put together a 3-D object (like a Rubik’s Cube) and turn it this way and that, until it has the desired pro blog shape. For instance, I’m going to start adding hyperlinks to the entries and that will absorb enormous time and energy, but I feel that hyperlinks are the heart of any pro blog. And they always have to be mutating. Mutating and changing.

. . . . . . . My pro blog Cradle absorbs a fair portion of my time, but I don’t hesitate to take a day or two off from it. That’s why there’s sometimes a delay in my responding to Comments. In general, I like to be diligent with those who are sticking around but this cannot be a top priority, for it then shifts the effort and angst away from its proper place, with the progenitor Me, to the rando audience member, who may not care all that much about the Cradle. I can guarantee you I care about the Cradle more than he ever would.

. . . . . . . The plain blog lacks all of this. Great effort isn’t applied. Slapdash writing shows holes with light pouring through. There isn’t, most of all, intensity of focus. This is where you shut out the world and bring your whole bearing on a topic, like the Death Star focusing on Alderaan.

. . . . . . . A word about the hyperlinks. As the website grows, there can be more entries to link to. And each older entry may have a more appropriate connection in the newer pack of production.

. . . . . . . This means I have to go back, deleting the odd ‘link here and ‘link there, and then insert the correct new shape of the whole pro blog. This is part of what I mean by having a pro blog.

. . . . . . . Your style of writing should change. Although some might argue that one’s Writer’s Voice never changes, I beg to differ. We are human beings. We are sentient thinkers. We go through bad shit — like swells in a cold ocean — and good times, like sitting in a jacuzzi with a beer and some good friends.

. . . . . . . The Cradle is meant to be a good friend to you. It is supposed to cheer you up on a cheerless day, make you think when you’ve grown sluggishly weary; wake you up when the bus ride of life and the monotonously turning wheels have hypnotized you — in a bad way. Life is meant to be lived, and believe it or not, finding all the pro blogs out there in the blogosphere is a solid aid to living a real and full life.

. . . . . . . Lastly, the Cradle is a community-in-the-budding. Like magnetic specks gravitating toward a centerpoint, this pro blog attracts likeminded and differentminded people to find communion. It’s its own kind of neighborhood, with signposts and currency (likes and dislikes of Comments) and, sometimes, a general Consensus. Right now the Consensus is I’ve written enough about pro blogs. They’re far more sophisticated than plain ole blogs. Don’t settle for the imitation. Sometimes in life you have to marry your second choice. On the internet, you can go for first-best.

After making their appearance on the world, the elves were given powers denied to the other races. Their longevity was only one of them. Like all of the near-supernatural beings, their power lies in their magic, which is nurtured by the trees and protected by personal shields and walls of secrecy. It is well-nigh impossible to steal an elf’s magic from him or her.

The elves, however, happen to be bitterly jealous of humans. Humans feel so much more intently than the elven clan does. The short life-spans of human beings makes them appreciate their lives more, and even the depressed man feels as a matter of course.


19 thoughts on “The difference between a pro blog and a blog

  1. Hey, not to be a poop, but I read using the WordPress Reader in the phone app, and the indents look like six or seven periods highlighted in yellow. Did you want it that way?

    1. *nodding head* Thanks for pointing that out. No, that’s a flaw of the phone app. On a desktop computer the dots look invisible, dark on dark.

      It’s funny, I was just thinking of you. I was a little disappointed in being called abnormal. Of course I am, but sometimes it’s meant as an insult.

      1. I was mad because you said a vile thing when I asked if you have a job.

        Anyways, I feel bad that I forget to look at people’s actual homepages because I know they put work into them. I keep mine minimal on purpose.

    2. Hi Hetty, nice to meet you. I don’t think your comment is poopish at all…. (see my comment, intended for Catxman, below… when it appears – If it does).

  2. the Cradle is a community-in-the-budding

    That being the case, I hope that you will not be offended by my comment here.

    While I can’t help but admire admire your high aims, Catxman, I do wonder whether you’re fully aware that you don’t have as much control as you think you have. I’ve always been frustrated by those who try to treat the web as a desktop publisher (there’s a term for such, though I wouldn’t dream of applying it to you: ‘web wanker’). The web is very much not that; it’s WYSINWOG. (As an illustration, I’ve applied an ‘abbr tag‘ to that initialism, but it may not be visible on Hetty’s phone – that tag isn’t honoured on my own… but then it’s entirely possible that her phone is more advanced than mine, which is, it must be said, getting a bit ‘long in the tooth’ by today’s ‘quick-I-must-buy-into-the-latest-tech-update-or-I’ll-miss-out’ consumerism bollocks standard.)

                 The best one can hope for is to apply formatting suggestions, and in doing so stick to the standards and not attempt to apply clever kludges as those may, as in Hetty’s case, result in something entirely contrary to what you intended. For instance, I have preceded this paragraph with a sequence of alternating non-breaking and breaking spaces. This is a kludge; it may or may not ‘work’ to apply an indented first line to this paragraph of this comment. If it does ‘work’, you may want to consider trying that instead of your current scheme of a sequence of alternating ‘invisible-in-some-situations-but-not-in-others-periods’ and spaces.

    You may find it beneficial to investigate CSS. W3schools is a useful resource for that. For the purpose of your first-line indent, er, fetish, I think that you would be better served by seeing whether you can employ the CSS text-indent property. I’ve attempted to use inline CSS to apply a 50 pixel first line indent for this paragraph, but I know from experience that inline CSS in WordPress comments is very much hit-and-miss; it may well not work.

    I don’t care much what the audience thinks

    Having said all that, it’s your blog, and you’re perfectly entitled to do with it as you damn well please 🙂

    … and now, having checked this comment to try to ensure that I haven’t made a daft syntax error that will break everything, I’m going to cross my fingers and hit that ‘Post Comment’ button…

    1. Only one paragraph indent appeared.

      I’m going to continue with my “invisible” periods scheme. It appears on my computers, and that’s what I care about the most.

      1. Yep, the inline CSS didn’t work (as I suspected might be the case: WordPress comments accept some HTML, but not CSS, it seems). But the space/ non-breaking space kludge worked fine. And that’s better than your ‘invisible-periods-that-aren’t-invisible-for-some’ scheme, isn’t it?

        As I said, it’s your blog: you do as you wish.

      1. That’s only part of the story, Hetty. Yes, you need to pay more to use CSS in web pages and posts. But comments are handled differently (and it would appear that, in comments, all attempts to use CSS are stripped out).

    1. It’s a lot more unstable than it looks. Rickety, tentative, even. The commenters are a fine lot; whether they’ll stick around is open to question. The material I give them to comment on is hard-won, intuitive, but often silence is what greets it. This is the 750th comment in the Cradle’s manifold output.

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