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My website has been on the internet for the last 18 years: 1997-2014. You can access it at: http://www.ronpriceepoch.com/ ...It is part of a tapestry, or perhaps a jig-saw puzzle is a more accurate word, for all my poetry & prose both at my website & elsewhere in cyberspace at those 8000+ sites mentioned above. I have dozens of links at my site, some linked to my writing at other internet sites, and some linked to resources created by others. I have created a large thread of words across the internet since leaving the world of jobs in the late 1990s and taking a sea-change at the age of 55.
Everything I do with other people online is part of my particular type of social networking. My social networking is associated with three basic activities: (a) the creation of a personal website that serves as a home base, a central hub, for my writing, for teaching and consolidation, that is, community building, for service and social activism, as well as for feedback from others--should they wish; (b) the creation of a detailed personal profile which I post at over 8000 internet sites which readers at these sites can access, again, if they wish; and finally (c) posting my writing at these 8000+ sites, and interacting with others about my posts and theirs. In the process I promote my website, and my writing, at these 8000+ internet sites.
In the last dozen years, 2002 to 2014, I have created an extensive audience or readership. I address myself to a circle, a crowd or single individuals. I try to make of my interactions more than the typical ones found at sites like Facebook and twitter. The interactions or connections at such popular social networking sites often reduce friendship to a feeling or an image, a sense of connection to faraway or nearby friends about everyday things based, for the most part, on very short, pithy posts. Such connections involve posts that often contain little about the context and full texture of one’s true difficulties in life. A world of privacy and an image is created. There is nothing wrong with that, with this type of site and networking style, but it is not my style, not my approach, not my MO, modus operandi, to use a who-dun-it term.
I post a great deal about what I think in the form of prose and poetry, generally more extended pieces of writing than the posts found in the Facebook and twitter world. My posts are far beyond the one-liners, the jokes, the 'what I did today', the 'what I ate for dinner', the 'I poke you', the 'I like this' and 'I don’t like that', the ‘here are some photos of this’ and ‘here are some pictures of that’, ‘here is a video of this’ and ‘here is a piece of music.'
My cyberspace creation is made by a now self-employed individual: a retired teacher & tutor, lecturer & adult educator, taxi-driver & ice-cream salesman. I am now a poet & publisher, writer & author, editor & scholar, researcher & blogger, within an immense commentariat.