Santa Rosa, California, September 3, 2005 - It's been nearly a year since I started my LiveJournal, and I think I've done a pretty good job of keeping it up. Thanks for reading. Some of you have already asked me who this Joe Shlabotnik person is; the rest of you either already know, don't care, or just simply accepted it as the way things are.
Well, the first thing I noticed about LiveJournal is that nearly everyone has an alias. This makes it harder to find people, but I suppose that that's the idea. I toyed with creating a completely anonymous blog, so I could really express my innermost thoughts and feelings to the world. The flaw with that idea is that I then wouldn't be able to tell anyone I was writing a blog, and well, then who else would care to read it? And if nobody was reading, then why write? So instead I keep my deepest and darkest secrets inside, and invite everybody to read. Which sort of defeats the whole purpose of having an alias: I'm not really incognito, and all it does is confuse people. But that's the apparent rule here: aliases required.
Okay then, so why Joe Shlabotnik? Right before I started this, we took a trip to San Francisco, Yosemite, Napa, and Sonoma. While in Sonoma County, we just had to stop at the Charles M. Schulz Museum - I've been a huge Peanuts fan all my life, and I highly recommend it to all you other Peanuts nuts out there. So being in a Peanuts kind of mood, I chose a semi-obscure character from the strip: Joe Shlabotnik is Charlie Brown's favorite baseball player. And a terrible baseball player, at that. As was Charlie Brown. And as was I.
(But why start a blog in the first place? Well, everyone has a blog, don't they?)