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June 08, 2008


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Robert Kellerman

I don't think we disagree at all, Ann. Of course you're right: blogs can be whatever the blogger wants them to be, and I wasn't suggesting that they can't be. But I will say that I do, or did, get a real kick out of reading your blog(s) and never knowing what was going to come up; it's like seeing a person through a really interesting prism that reflects back any number of surfaces. But hey! It's your blog! So far "Dowsing" is wonderful stuff.

And besides, how could I possibly disagree with someone who said that "Rob's [blog] reads more like the Victorian country vicar's"?

Lee Kottner

I'm convinced you were a Victorian country vicar in a former life. You still have his soul. You just happen to teach English in this one. :^)

Hope you didn't think I was trying to pick a fight. I've been thinking a lot about journals lately, since I'm teaching a class in writing them (and boy is that keeping me steppin'!) and I thought your comment was a good jumping off place for what blogs (and by extension journals) might be all about.

Anyway, glad you're enjoying Dowsing. I'm really excited by it, though I'm not giving up any of the others, by any means.

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