Yes, folks I have been on Open Salon for four long years. I have seen the good times and the bad times. The fast loads and the incredibly slow loads. I’m even a veteran of the never-ending SPAM Wars.
Today marks my 4th anniversary on Open Salon. Actually, I was on Open Salon as a lurker when it was in the BETA stage. I would read some really interesting stuff and wondered if I would ever be able to join. Soon they really made Open Salon open by letting anyone in. That is the only way I was able to join.
So in January of 2009, I opened an account and I started making comments and adding “Favorites” (they used to be called “Friends” until someone complained). I was still too shy to post anything. Eventually the writer’s bug bit me and I wrote my first post.
It was a photo funny. It was about a robot urinal. In the post, I snagged a photo of a urinal that was shaped into a robot and had mechanical hands to help the user do his business. Skeptical of such a device, I asked the question on Open Salon if it were real or not.
I waited. I waited some more. And still I waited. No comments. I was sad. Suddenly, I got my first comment. I was elated. You would have thought I had won the lottery. My first comment was from Behind Blue Eyes or BBE to most. He still has an account on OS, but I rarely see him comment or post.
I know I should not have done it, but I deleted my first post. I thought it was too silly (if you can imagine me thinking one of my many sophomoric posts as being too silly) so you won’t be able to find it. Also, it explains why I explained the post instead of just linking to it.
My second post earned an EP. “The Running Shoe” was a personal experience story that I wrote in response to an Open Call sponsored by Lexus. The assignment was to write a blog about the one piece of technology that had dramatically changed your life. You can bet your bottom dollar I was totally psyched when I discovered I had gotten an EP. It prompted me to post like crazy. Of course like most of us on OS, spots on the coveted Cover have been few, but yet I continue to trudge on.
Overall, it has been a really interesting four years. I have met some cool people albeit in a cyberspace. I have yet to do a real meet-up with OS members. Perhaps in the next four years.
Anyway, I hope that I have entertained some of you over the years and please have some cake.