How many blogs is too many?

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y name is Onigiriman, and I am a blog addict. Jiminy Crickets, I just love to start new blogs. I don’t mean to cheat or be unfaithful to Xanga, but when I find out about a new place that seems cool, I go for it.

My first blog was, of course, Xanga, about a year and a half ago. As I slowly grasped the idea of what a blog is–a chronological record of my thoughts and feelings on the web–I started venturing here and there to see what blogs looked like elsewhere, and learned a terrible word: archiving. Other blog sites allow a kind of archiving system, but most are chronological. But some bloggers who maintain their own site independently archived in different ways, many by category. So after a few months I thought it would be cool to figure out how to maintain my thought and feelings by topic. Xanga doesn’t have a functoin for that, but I have another site through my cable company where I can create a homepage and store pics, and so I decided to use that as my archives, the JAJournal. Unfortunately, it is not a blog site, and maintaining it is a bitch since I have to create each page using HTML–I don’t like using Dreamweaver or any other web site maker. I feel like I lose control, and it usually puts in a lot of extra garbage encoding anyway, so I avoid it. I am old school, I guess. But a typical page looks like this to me:

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<H1>Hot Chile Peppers</H1>
<p class=first>Original date, October 22, 2003</p>
<P>I caught a glimpse of “Good Eats” on the Food Channel tonight. Alton Brown was talking about chile peppers, capsicum and Scovilles units. He talked about how capsaicin–the oil that makes chile peppers hot–can lock into your taste buds and stay there for long periods of time. He also mentioned, as he was cutting and jalepenos for a salsa, you should also where plastic gloves when you prepare chiles beause the capsaicin can stick to your hands and stay there even after repeated washings with soap and water–remember, its an oil. I wish I had seen this program before I made my salsa this summer.</P>
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Well it’s a little neater than this, but you get the idea. These are the tags I put in to develop and design my page. But it is a hassle. It is so much easier to just type into a textbox like Xanga’s. Then Simply_Marie introduced me to Diaryland. I tried it out, but I needed to do the HTML schtick to make it look the way I wanted it to, so I decided to go back to my original site. Recently, a loyal reader has left Xanga and gone LiveJournal and I was lured into its world as well. It is a very intimate place where bloggers don’t feel too exposed. So I occasionally post a Xanga post that I feel is more personal, and have occasionally written a post that is exclusively LJ.

Well, I figure with a public Xanga, a private LJ, and an archive at the JAJournal, I wouldn’t need another blog, right?

*gulp*

I think I’m gonna kill jerjonji! She has informed me of a new site–well, its new to me, anyway–called Spaces, and guess what? I’m testing another site to blog. Aargh! Anyway, I can’t be writing all the time, and I’m stil not sure what I’m gonna do there, but for the time being, I think I will use it as my time machine. I am posting smae date entries from one year ago. In a way, its a place for reruns. So if you’re interested in reading what I was thinking a year ago, visit me at msn Spaces. There’s a link above, as well…

Lordy, what am I gonna do?

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