I like to think of myself as an early adopter, when it comes to blogs. After all, I started my first blog — before they were ever even called blogs — when I was 16 years old, in 1998, when the Internet was still new and exciting, and the term “social media” didn’t even exist yet. I recall posting a lot about how much I loved David Bowie, and how little I loved high school. Then I got a LiveJournal, which was the precursor to things like Blogspot and WordPress, except with way more animated GIFs and entirely-too-personal screeds from lonely nerds. Then I went through a number of failed attempts at starting “serious” blogs, which largely amounted to several weeks of posts about albums I liked or meals I had cooked, followed by swift, merciless abandonment to the Internet dustbin. I used to think Google never forgot, but luckily, it has.
I had a blog with the Bangor Daily News for a little while: Rock Blogster BDN, which was where our popular 5 Things To Do This Weekend format came about. By the end of 2009, however, it too had fallen into disuse, leaving me for the first time in more than ten years blogless. But I can’t seem to quit you, blog, and now that we have our pretty, new, streamlined, super fast BDN website, that’s built to support today’s media, well, here I am: back in blog action. It feels right, like getting back into your own car after using a loaner for a week.
So welcome to Culture Shock, my new forum for all things arts, entertainment, food and interesting stuff in 207. I liked the name Culture Shock because, well, I write about culture of all kinds, and while most of it isn’t “shocking” per se, it is exciting and fun and informative. Heck, sometimes it might be shocking. Who knows? I have more to write about than we could possibly ever fit into the print edition of our paper, so while I’ll cross post all the stories I normally write solely for the Bangor Daily News on here, I’ll also post plenty of web-only content, from album and show reviews to restaurant recommendations to posts about events happening around the state to cool stuff I find on the Internet. And we’re bringing 5 Things To Do This Weekend back; at first, just text, but soon enough, video too.