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July 18, 2005 07:05 PM

Barriers To Entry

When I break it down, there are really only two serious barriers to entry into this whole travelog thing; (1) I have no experience with any sort of technical web-design and (2) I can't write, though I'm confident both can be overcome with a healthy dose of initiative and/or money.

Everything but the most basic HTML continues to elude me. I've taken enough online tutorials to know that I know nothing. This dismal fact is amplified by the fact that I don't have a single friend who does this kind of thing.

As far as the actual writing goes, it may be a little bit of an exageration (but not much) to say I can't write. I've spent many nights staying up way too late, cranking out university research papers. I hardly count this as experience though, not because it was more than 4 years ago, but as I remember it, I spent most of my time in awe of the kind of garbage one could smear on paper and still escape with decent marks. It was a perverse game with no winners. I'm now stuck with nothing but a tired and cliched longing that I'd paid more attention in school.

If I'm going to learn to write, I need practice. For some very egotistical reasons I've chosen to practice here, in this public forum available to anybody who stumbles by. For now, I'll take solace in the fact that I'm on my own out here, I'm fairly certain that even google doesn't yet know I exist. That's okay; for the time being, I'm happy writing to myself.