Followers of this blog (there are a few of you out there) might have noticed that my web address has changed. In place of the dgmattichakjr.wordpress.com in the browser’s address window there now appears dgmattichakjr.com. I have become my own domain. Whilst I went through the technical process of registering and linking my new domain name it occurred to me that I was leasing a piece of the cyber world, I was now a virtual tenant. I mused on the ways that blogging had changed for me from my first tentative posts, the excitement over the first comments and the pleasure that I have gotten from joining the online community of bloggers.
Originally I started this blog in support of the publication of my novel Loot http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=D+G+Mattichak&x=15&y=23, in order to develop a public profile, but it soon developed a life of its own as I saw and started to realize the potential of the site. Blogging has gone a long way to developing my confidence as an author, widened the audience for my work and put me in touch with other writers everywhere in the world. After a very short time I found that I had invested a lot of time in dgmattichakjr.wordpress.com, it had become a part of my plan for world domination, as it were. Some of the posts are works that I have spent a lot of time and effort on, doing research, writing and editing (and often re-writing), and one day I may find that there are enough good ones to make a book of them viable. The stand out essay for sheer numbers of hits is The Rosicrucian Roots of Modern Witchcraft Cults, which here and in a couple of other places where it can be read (http://www.scribd.com/dmattichak/shelf) has amassed several thousand reads. Before I used the internet to circulate my work I couldn’t have imagined being able to reach such a wide audience.
But it is more than just the success that I have had with writing for the web but the community of bloggers that make this part of the virtual universe so interesting. After all of these months I have accumulated quite a number of blogs that I subscribe to and even more that I follow semi-regularly and I find myself looking forward to reading the newest postings from many of my favorites, all the more so because they are all just bloggers like myself. The solitary world of the writer who has been traditionally chained to the writing desk is now changed forever into a prolific community that can be counted on to supply instant feedback and criticism, to be a source of inspiration and sometimes even camaraderie. Of course there have always been writer’s societies and artist’s groups but it is the immediacy of the internet that has changed these collectives and made them more vital and contemporary.
I decided to spend more time interacting with the blogging world, to exchange more ideas and opinions and one of the things that I thought would be productive was the postaday 2011 challenge. Writing every day was my real goal so what better way to commit to it than to accept the challenge and see where it took me and what I would have to write about it. So when The Daily Post @ WordPress suggested that bloggers doing the postaday 2011 challenge should write a letter to themselves one year into the future it occurred to me that I kind of already had. I had already made a commitment to write some of that letter every day to remind myself where I was going when I started out, to never lose sight of the goal.