Friday, September 23, 2016

Wagon Wheels and Gay Blogs

I was watching a program last week and it was about life in the early days, how everything was done by actual horse power, water power and lots of elbow grease. They were demonstrating the skills required to build a wagon wheel, one that would last and not act like the one floppy, squeaky wheel I manage to always get on my shopping cart. I was thinking about the way a master builder would feel when he realized that cars were taking over and wagons would soon be a thing of the past. I guess that's what happened to the gay blogs, ten years ago I think was the heyday for gay blogs. I guess times have changed enough in a positive way that the gay blog is no longer required. I should be happy about that but I do miss the community that was created by the need. It's so different now for people coming out, not that big of a deal anymore. I see the last group that is still active is the men who fall into the bisexual category. I have a lot of empathy for them, caught in between two worlds, many are struggling to figure out where they fit in. I see them looking for support the way I did years ago. I can't really offer them any advice, it's not my experience and seriously what do I know, I'm just a wagon wheel.


Ur-spo said...

May your wagon wheel have the five spokes of mental health:
You like where you live
You like what you do
You are constantly learning
You do something that involves helping others (whether in your work or past times)
You have others with whom to share it all.

Sooo-this-is-me said...

Uh oh.

Anonymous said...

It's an interesting point. When I started blogging I looked for other "gay" blogs. I even added mine to a site - which turned out to host predominantly porn. Visitor numbers wise, an obviously owe a debt of gratitude to those with a fetish for feet and nude Cowboys. Present company excluded !

Sooo-this-is-me said...

Lol JP, I saw your blog on a list of gay blogs and they were very different from yours. Uhm, uhh I was looking for a recipe for delicious hot buns and was sent to the site by accident, I was horrified, just horrified, yup that's what happened, that's why I was there.
On the serious side, ten years ago there was a huge gay blog community, very supportive and much needed, I miss many of my old blog buddies but I think we all realize it's better to have real world buddies. I personally think it's ok to have both.