So I labor on in ever-increasing obscurity, wondering about how the internet works. When the web came along 15 years ago I thought it would solve a lot of human problems, especially how to meet people with similar interests. I thought I would find all these forums or lists where people were talking about the things that interest me and meet lots of people whose thinking is compatible with mine. Nothing doing. I wasted hundreds of hours exploring new sites of various kinds, looking for conversations I wanted to join, finding mainly anger and emptiness. Plus narrowness, places where only conversation on a single limited topic is encouraged. That was how I came to start my own blog, hoping to create the kind of conversation I had been looking for. You all know how this is working out.
It makes me wonder: why doesn't it work better? Is the kind of far ranging conversation I am interested in just not very popular, compared to ax-grinding and professional shop talk? Or are there tens of thousands of people like me out there, looking for intellectual companionship and not finding it? I have a feeling there are, and one of the reasons I keep blogging is the hope of meeting more of them, and welcoming them to our little world.