Hello Cruel World!!!

(3 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Welcome, welcome, welcome. Bienvenidos!  This is a blog welcome mat.  Welcome to a wonderful, corner of the Leftblogosfero that you might not have encountered before.  Especially if you are leaving the Orange Giant and looking for a new place to hang out.  And, of course, welcome to the Writers Port Alliance!

If, like me, you miss the free-for-all (one with some basic, human rules of respect and decency for others) of the old group blogs, and if you’re looking for a new “home” for your pajama clad (or unclad or formally attired) self, you’ve found the right place for joining once again in the unrestrained, unsegmented joy of reading and writing in the Leftblogosfero.

A blog free-for-all.  That’s what I was looking for when I originally came here.  The fun of a crowd of participants.  The excitement of learning others’ views.  A free-for-all.  A “place” where everyone and everything got mixed together and you could pick and choose at your leisure.  It’s a noun (a phrase?) I haven’t used in decades.  In fact, it’s been so long, that I wanted to check its connotation:  

Definition of FREE-FOR-ALL:

a competition, dispute, or fight open to all comers and usually with no rules : brawl; also : a chaotic situation resembling a free-for-all especially in lacking rules or structure (the press conference deteriorated into a free-for-all) …

Synonyms: affray (chiefly British), broil, donnybrook, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), rough-and-tumble, row, ruckus, ruction

Antonyms: order, orderliness

Ooops.  Free-for-all.  Well, so maybe it was the wrong word after all.  I don’t think of this blog as a fight or a donnybrook.  Truth be told, donnybrook is one of those words I know, but it isn’t in my primary vocabulary.  And when it comes to my brothers and sisters in the typing class, we all know and dread what can happen when the basic rules of human decency are breached.  So it’s not about creating chaos, or biting off other combatants’ ears, it’s about freedom and excitement that group blogging is so very good at.

There are eight blogs in the Writers Port Alliance.  You can find their links at the top of the page.  Two of these (The Dream Antilles and Ignoring Asia) are solo acts; the others, group blogs with varying points of view and characteristics.  They are much smaller than the mega-blog, which means that they are slower to gather comments, and that essays are available for longer before they are disappeared and pushed off the page.  Items printed in one space might fit in all or some or none of the others, and the members and writers cross-post freely.

Welcome!  As a favorite band says, “Just poke around.”

originated at The Dream Antilles



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    • davidseth on February 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for reading.

    Technical note: I wanna embed the youtube, but for reasons I cannot comprehend, it juar won’t go.  If one of you can fix it, feel free to do so and insert it at the bottom above the —–.  Gracias.

    • plf515 on February 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve been here a couple days, it’s fun!

    I am one of those dkos refugees.  

    • TMC on February 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm
    • Edger on February 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I don’t suppose there’s any chance of co-opting youse guys, is there?

  1. Shakedown Street.  My older brother owned a “smoke” shop with that name right across the street from the Main Gate at Ohio State University.  He blasted Dead music nonstop.  Good memories.  I usually just read and stay quite but maybe that will change.

    • RiaD on February 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    and Thank You davidseth


  2. groups again David,the very thought of them at the present is giving me the willies. The waves of tension and streams of tangled mangled messages and following and ers, make thinking coherently let alone writing an impossibility unless I revert back the the donnybrook of catapulting insults to trolls and assorted zombies. That option remains open regardless where I plant my offerings and soul. We will build our own ship again where we can sail the rivers and seas with comrades and not be drowned in the torrents of streams. Hope i can shake my wiring back to right or at least kinda coherent. . Welcome to all.  


    • hester on February 17, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I was here a while back and am here again now. Testing the waters. I don’t like steroids: for humans or websites. Some times humans need them. Websites, never.

  3. why should I expect it of others.

  4. I saw this very diary and the embedded music video of the Dead and my main main, Jerry, holding what looks to be ‘Rosebud’.  

    Home at last.

    I am an utter newbie here, as I only came over yesterday when plf515 made the switch — gotten to where “What Are You Reading?” was my only point of interest in the other site — and I feel more relaxed and at ease to express my somewhat dull points of view than I have for some time.

    Thanks to all for being so welcoming and so less militant.  

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