June 23, 2017

Hello, my online friends!

I call you “Friends’ for good reason.  It’s because I consider you a friend that I am sending you this premier post of mine!

I want you to know I have just launched a new website (www.johnguylaplante.com/wp). This very post that you are reading right now is an essential part of it. Visit my website at any time and you will locate this blog!  And be able to read my various posts.

Or get this post, or any that I email you in the future, and you can use it as a door into my website. I tell you this because I believe you will enjoy my website. and with a click you can discover my whole website! How about that?

If you are not, you can get to my website right after reading this.

You are not receiving this announcement by accident! And not because I downloaded a list of email addresses from somebody which happened to include yours. No! You are receiving this because I deliberately added you. And I did that because the two of us have had personal contact. Maybe long  and intense and frequent and ongoing. Maybe  brief and light and momentary. But, yes,  the two of us have had a personal contact!

I put you on my list because I sensed that you  have an interest in many things and like to read. Yes, like to read!   This is why you’re receiving this. Many people hate to read. This is one reason why TV is so popular.

No way can I assure you what you will receive  next from me. I am interested in many things. Write a wide variety of things.  In fact, I never know what I’ll write about next. Here is the simple truth: I write about something because it interests me, and feel it will interest you.

I’ll be candid with you.  One of the posts that you receive may have been created just an hour or two before i dispatched it to you. But it may be something that I wrote a while ago.  Maybe just a month ago. Or a year ago. Something that you may already have seen as I write for digital newspapers and even print publications still. But for most of you, no. My post may be totally fresh for you.

Maybe you’ll just skim a post of mine. Or flat out reject it. Or devour it and look forward to more.  Even subscribe to my blog–it’s free and you incur no obligation of any kind.  You may even write a comment or two about one of my posts. Perfect! I’d love that.

On the other hand, you may even be annoyed to receive it! If so, let me know. I’ll delete you from my list. Sob! But I won’t hold it against you. I promise.

About a “blog” and a “post.”  These are newfangled words. I’m just getting used to them myself. A blog is an electronic letter to a group of people. With a lot of content, or just a little. It has a name that is constant. Like a newspaper or a magazine. A post is the content that you receive. This alert to you is a post. My very first to you!

My blog will bring you one post after another. All the posts will always be available here, in this blog. The latest post will always be at the top of what will become a longer and longer string of posts. You can look at one of them at any time. Just  by skimming down the string, or using the Find or Search function that I’m sure you have.

A blog may go to a few readers or to thousands. In my case, it is going to 352. Yes, 352 friends. The number may go up or down. I hope it will go up. Yes, up, up, up. Who knows? It may go out regularly–every day or week or month. Or sporadically– just now or then. The posts may arrive three days in a row, or skip a week, or a month.

And a blog has a distinctive feature. It invites comments back!  How wonderful, and for both parties.

Writing comments is easy, as you will see. You may say anything you want. Agree with me. Disagree with me. Either way, I’ll find it interesting. Unfortunately, some people abuse this wonderful feature. Use it to promote an agenda or sell a product or service or simply to annoy. I ask you: please do not do this to me! Keeping up with comments can be a chore as well as a pleasure. And I’m already busy. Don’t want to waste my time trashing junk!

I’m still not sure how often you will get my posts. When you do, it’s because I believe I am giving you something you’ll consider worthwhile.

Remember, there is no money in this for me. Oh, maybe it will lead you to buy a book or two of mine. Or to invite me to give a talk to  your club or library or church or some other group. That would be nice. But not all-important.

I’m doing this because I’m a writer, and it’s a rare writer who writes only for himself. Oh, there are closet diarists, of course.

(I was such during my 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine–those daily diary entries became the fount of facts which became essential when I wrote my Peace Corps book. I filled five notebooks in all–954 crammed, hand-written pages.)

But mostly, writers write because they have something to say and need people to say it to.

I just thought back for a minute. Know what? This is the 58th year that I write for publication. My oh my!

Yes, this is the premier issue of my blog for you. But it’s a premier for me, too. A new outlet for me, though I won’t drop others I have.  In fact, I consider this a brand-new adventure! I’ve had some great adventures, as you may know. Let’s see how this one develops. For both of us.

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Comments

  1. Gene Groelle says:

    Thanks John….I’m honored to be one of the chosen few and on your mailing list.

    • Dear GEne,
      So nice of you to comment, and so enthusiastically! Thank you for your moral support!
      I’m at my son Mark’s at the U. of Georgia. He is a professor here. My whole family is assembled here from around the U.S. What a wonderful family reunion!
      You are such a good friend. How are you doing? What are you doing?
      All the best!
      John

  2. Judy Liskov says:

    John,
    Delighted to read you new BLOG announcement and will look forward to reading updates. Just returned from a 10 day trip to Shanghai (my first to China) and loved it. Where are you making plans to go next? Are you already in California?
    Have a great Thanksgiving!
    Judy

    • Dear Judy,
      So nice of you to comment, and so enthusiastically! Thank you for your moral support!
      I’m at my son Mark’s at the U. of Georgia. He is a professor here. My whole family is assembled here from around the U.S. What a wonderful family reunion!
      So glad you got to Shanhai! What a fabulous city. You really have a red-hot case of travelitis, but what a wonderful disease it is. I hope you never get over it.
      I’ll be home in a few days. On Dec. 18 I’llvbe going to my daughter Monique’s in Morro Bay,CA.,for the holidays as usual,and then to milady Annabelle’s in Newport Beach for the winter. It’s a paradise just short of L.A.
      But I’ll be in touch as always. You are such a dear friend, Judy.
      As always,
      John

  3. ivan otterness says:

    Look forward to reading your latest adventures and seeing how you fare with WP.

    • Dear Ivan,
      So nice of you to comment, and so enthusiastically! Thank you for your moral support!
      It’s taken me a long time to get the website launched. I’m such a klutz at everything digital. But slowly I’m catching on. You’ll be hearing more from me.
      I’m at my son Mark’s at the U. of Georgia. He is a professor here. My whole family is assembled here from around the U.S. What a wonderful family reunion!
      I hope you and Naomi and Bjorn are well and enjoying life as usual with more great projects around your lovely home and cruises and travels to fabulous places
      I’ve just ordered Dragon Naturally Speaking. I have arthritis (? in my fingers. Not surprising after 65 years of steady typing! Hope I can get it to work for me!
      I’ll be in touch, of course. All the best. As always,
      John

  4. bob johnson says:

    Good evening John & your family in GA. You all have a nice Thanksgiving.

    Looked your new website up and you did a great job.

    Cold up here in the low 30’s at night. Days low 50’s for awhile. Well, my breathing of the heart
    is not good except when I sit, in bed or drive the car. If I exert myself a little its very bad. Going to
    heart doctor tomorrow at 10:A.M. to see what he can do for me. You know Ray Mozzchi the
    one I take Sun. night to the United Church. He has a pacemaker and is good with it. He thinks
    I should have on. Will wait and see tomorrow what he thinks.

    So have a great time with your family down in Ga.

    Best regards,

    Bob

    • Dear Bob,
      Thank you for your comment about my new website, and for your moral support!!! What a good friend you are.
      I’ve been delayed in replying because my whole family is here in for Thanksgiving. So busy. And so wonderful!
      Hope you got good news…and new help…with your heart doctor. I keep hoping and praying for a breakthrough for you! You are such a good guy. You deserve it!
      I’ll be home Tuesday night and I won’tlose time getting in touch with you…and getting good news about your breathing problem,of course.
      John

  5. Dom & Laurie says:

    Hi John!

    Congratulations on becoming a blogger! Kudos to you for embracing new technology! Just finished your Hurricane Sandy post; glad you made it through OK. (Cold beans right out of the can are one of Dom’s favorites, believe it or not!) We also made it through Sandy fine–didn’t even lose power, surprisingly enough. Happy Thanksgiving–bet you’ll include electric lights in your list of things you’re grateful for–and we look forward to receiving your next post.

    • Dear Dom and Laurie,
      So nice of you to comment, and so enthusiastically! Thank you for your moral support!
      I’m at my son Mark’s at the U. of Georgia. He is a professor here. My whole family is assembled here from around the U.S. What a wonderful family reunion!
      So glad you got through H. Sandy so easily!
      You’ll be hearing from me, of course.
      John

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