Is it foolish to post your AIM ID on a blog like this? Will it get you, instead of the occasional howdy from readers, just a bunch of come-see-my-webcam-I’m-down-to-my-PANTIES!!!!! IM spam? I did instant-messaging back when I was on AOL, and while it was interesting at first, ultimately I decided it was just a different form of CB radio, and gave it up.
But when I went to Mac OSX, with its much-improved iChat program, I realized I was wrong. I’m a writer with small-c catholic interests in capital-W Writing, which is to say, I’m interested in how we figure out each form for ourselves — how fiction is different from nonfiction, which is different written letters, which are different from e-mail, which is different from instant messaging, which is different from text messages on your cell phone, and all the rest of it. I like the way IM chats fill a niche between e-mail and phone calls, how you can do it while you’re doing something else. I also like the dog picture that’s my current IM avatar.
Which sounds, I realize, like a bunch of masters-thesis crapola to justify my occasional enjoyment of internet chatting. Nevertheless.
If you’re looking for me online, e-mail and I’ll send it. But right now I’m going for a bike ride.