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BLOG ON BLOGGING - THREE MONTHS WRAP

Posted on April 30, 2012 by
Raymond
on the road at
Maclaren Vale

 

The internet is a billiard break shot by a black swan, possibilities scattering into unimagined and unimaginable alignments. Just ask Julian Assange. 

Five years ago, while still in 3G range, I pulled off on the side of the road about 50 kilometres from Coober Pedy. I had an appointment to skype an English colleague on the small Japanese Island of Shikoku. As the flies buzzed in the Australian desert, his kimono-wearing wife walked past and bowed to my laptop.

You could be reading this on wireless in Alaska, dial up in Venezuala or an iPhone in Broome. The world has changed.

There are winners and losers. Massive men whose status was once gleaned from the power of their arms, now aim fat fingers at keyboards while children deftly manoeuvre around the cosmos. The 'tyranny of distance' has been overwhelmed, its battlements stormed by nerds. While still holding dominion over most goods and some services, information and images have rebelled.

The Electronic Swagman is just another possibility spawned by this seismic change. It is exciting for me, allowing my love of Australia, travel and writing to be captured and shared. After 3 months these are some of my reflections, my Blog on Blogging.

On a presonal level my mind is better for the discipline of weekly writing. Where life concerns defined my day, their narratives now largely do.  The jewel is replaced in importance by the setting. Where I would once have argued with Joe from Morgan when he complained about the injustice of gays being able to prance around with their arses hanging out, I could hardly restrain my excitement. It's a story.

I am trying to be honest. If I am not them there is no point. The eSwag mission statement is to bear witness to an Australia that remains either hidden or only partially in view. The Blog has attracted around 10,000 reads to this point. Even more gratifying are the regular comments.

The reunion with old walkers through the blog is brilliant. Most even appear to still like me even after we have shared a week on the track. Well perhaps 'like' is too strong a word.

I love projecting words into Tommie's spirit. He is the gentlest of animals, the kindest of souls. As I write, or help write, his blog, that lovely energy inhabits me for a while and I am grateful to him for it.

We have written a book together and it is scheduled for publication later this year. The writing was made easier by his companionship. At each narrative block I could turn to him for a twist, or a dog perspective.

As I mentioned briefly last week the book will be published by Halstead Press, a publishing imprint that emerged from Angus & Robertson with its long tradition of printed books. They intend that the book, entitled THE ELECTRONIC SWAGMAN, be a beautifully produced volume that includes colour photos, quality paper and a larger print size.

Their decision to publish was assisted by the eSwagBlog. Halstead saw in this journey a vehicle that allowed the book to be a living document.

I had entertained the notion of self-publishing but the chance to be associated with a company who will edit, design, print, mentor and assist in the marketing of the book was compelling.

I want to continue with my little films of which NOSKOPAR was just the first. I see experimental outback dancing, SwagCam, desert karaoke, meditation, cooking, online therapy not to mention skin care as areas for further exploration. These films have a message to tell. It's just that it's not very important.

I am pleased to introduce DARYL FROM OODNADATTA  today. I am hoping Daryl will regularly contribute his thoughts on alternative health. I apologize for his language but felt it best to stay true to the vernacular.

But what are the men doing? Women inhabit every aspect of my work and creative life and I am not a gynecologist. I am a walker who goes into remote places. We sleep under the stars and trek mountains. Surely this is as much a men thing. Even the Swagman is attracting 90% women. The comments are mostly by women. Huston we have a problem.

So there we have it. This is an enjoyable journey that really kicks in now as I prepare to leave my old home like a balloon escaping a kid's party. I hope you follow us and bobble around the coasts and the outback of Australia.

Raymond

 

 

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Rowena
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I think the reason that most of your followers are women is because women are the new blokes. Don't forget to invite me to your book launch.
Raymond
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You are right of course. Also the fact that I am a chick magnet. Of course I'll invite you to the launch.
Honour
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It's your Nooshkapar skin ES! We can't resist it!
Raymond
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The sadness being that everyone could have skin like mine of they were prepared to put a bit of work in, the Noskopar way.
Rosa Christian
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Hey! have to say I had already noted that most of your commenters were women and wondered why...'cause the chick magnet thing does explain it! How exciting for you to be launching your book with a real publisher. I'm still writing mine. Enjoy your new mobile home. Cheers, Rosa
Raymond
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I have noticed the phenomena for a long time. I think Rowena is right. Women are the New Men.
Kate
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Pictures of the camper please Raymond - I may not be a bloke but I do like a good bit of kit. Hmmm - perhaps it is not so much that you attract more women as that you repel more men???
Raymond
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I think you might be right. Only an accountant could have worked that out Kate. I am going to do a complete photo spread on the Adventure Camper. I love it. You will love. I'll have it all pegged out somewhere beautiful.c ya Raymond
Anne Looby
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yes. where the hell are the blokes? scared? threatened by your masculine power? Hahaha no that can't be it. Maybe they are stuck in 'real" jobs instead of following their bliss - you are an inspiration to us all Raymond. Men and women and even the gay boys x
Raymond
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Hey Annie. You are right except that the retired women who come trekking have husbands who stay at home. The working ones work and have children and do Writer's workshop. Really I think we are stuffed. As Rowena says, women are the new men.
Hedley Galt
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This is actually true. Women are actually taking over the entire world as we speak and its only the real men (and dogs) who'll survive...and the chick magnets!
Raymond
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Yep. Being attractive to women is becoming a survival strategy. yours The Chick Magnet
Cecilia
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I just was about to say; My practical mind tells me that somebody needs to stay home and look after house and garden, and pick up the lady from the airport. Then cook dinner so we women writers can keep up with the blog and post comments. You are much loved and admired, Raymond! ;-) You could call the blog "Raymond's harem".
Raymond
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I might well Cecilia. But when the women arrive home they pick up the car from the long term car park, drive home and cook their husband dinner.
Honour
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Your 'little' films' messages ARE important ES! They are as refreshing to the spirit as Noskopa is to the skin.
Raymond
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and we all know how effective Noskopar is. I am shooting Extreme Exfoliation tomorrow. It is a very valuable service.
Honour
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Can't wait for the Exfoliation tips.Bring it ON!
Sam
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Congrats on the publishing Raymond (and Tom) and on this very amusing blog. Can't wait for some Noskopar for Christmas!
Raymond
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Well thats will depend on whether you've been good this year wont it.
Leigh
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It's no big secret champ...too much competition! Like I mean, when a bloke's as gorgeous as you, can drive long distances, scale tall buildings in a single bound, cook, write, sing (No, scratch that, that's a known unknown), mentor deserving young men, express yourself in multiple personalities, make movies....... Do you see what i'm saying mate, do you see the pattern? Goodness only knows what's going to happen when you've completed the NOSKOPAR treatments...just not fair!
Raymond
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its twu ... its twu
Lyn
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O u sly ol silver fox u
Raymond
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Hey Lyn . The Lady in Silk. How r u me dear. Raymond xx