I did something perhaps I should not have: browsed a selection of random blogs on Blogger.
I did this by clicking "Next Blog" in the uppermost toolbar of the standard Blogger screen. I don't know how "next" is selected, as it is not a sequential system. Several times, clicking "next" actually brought me back to the same blog I was presently viewing, and not a few times it brought me back to one I'd read earlier. I'm thinking "Previous Blog" may be as random as "Next Blog" was, though I could be wrong.
But I say I shouldn't have read through them because I came away with two distinct impressions: 1) most people are trying to sell you crap, and 2) I'm one of multitudes, legions of ignoble bloggers who will never go anywhere in this craft. I think I write better than many of the blogs I read--I'm set apart by my ability to wield apostrophes correctly in all cases, among other basic, low-level grammatical and punctuation-based standards, and though I'm entirely remiss in my personal "word-a-day" project, I've a demonstrably robust vocabulary by comparison.
Regardless, what am I doing? What am I saying?
This place is just my dumping ground for random thoughts, flotsam, and Web-procured technejecta. It's not comprehensive or exclusive in any of these aspects (though I did make up "technejecta," in letter if not in spirit). The only discrete quality is that these are my thoughts and values; whether anyone could discern them from anyone else's in the dark is another discussion.
I thought, at one point, I might make a blog of pictures, and then today I discovered somewhere around the order of one metric assload of blogs comprised (in whole or in part) of pictures. The bitch of that is: while my writing is better than that of many other writers, my photography is measurably worse than that of other photographers. I'm not a bad photographer, not at all, I have a certain knack though I have no orthodox training, but these other photo-blogs (we may call them phlogs) feature better scenery, technical superiority, and a thick layer of overall betterness.
All the same, I'm still uploading pictures with these posts (or I try to, most of the time) just to accentuate or otherwise dress up my dreary writing. Lately I've been including photos that are the results of my self-tutelage in Photoshop: I'm crawling through its Help directory and learning about levels. Today's picture is the fun I've had with Dodge and Burn. Never knew what those were for before, but don't I look dreadful now?
Anyway, at least I'm not trying to sell you stuff. I'm marketing myself, but currently I'm free. Aspects of me are, at least.