I published a hard copy of my blog entries for the year 2007. It was a great year for me. I discovered blogging in March and have had such a great time here. I managed to post 200 entries and thought that it would be a great idea to collect all of these in a book. It was easy to do as I have kept a MS Word file of my entries all year. All I had to do was bring the file into a print shop and have them print it out and bind it for me.
This book looks amazing. It is nice to have a blog, but it is something else to own a hard copy of it. My old coil notebook of Silent Cacophony has gone a.w.o.l, but now I have a very nice binded copy of what I decided to call Volume 1.
I think I will have to make this an annual tradition. I can’t see myself stopping blogging. I really enjoy writing. I like the fact that I wrote 204 pages of material last year, and I didn’t even start writing until the end of March. If I can manage to keep up my regular posting schedule, I will have a thicker book next year. I can’t wait to have Volume 2 sitting on my bookshelf.
Silent Cacophony was born a long, long time ago. It was originally a title of a book I tried to write when I was a teenager. This book was going to be the ultimate guide to life; boy was I naïve. It was full of personal observations, stories, anecdotes, commentary, etc. It was quite effectively everything that my blog is today, except that it was on paper.
Recently I have discovered that my blog entries can appear on regular Google searches. At first I was amazed when this happened and I wrote about it here. Then I thought I should Google the title of my blog “Silent Cacophony.”
I was quite disappointed to see that this brilliant title that I have owned in my head for over half of my life, isn’t completely original. In fact, besides my blog, there are two other blogs that have this title. And the worst part is that they are listed above mine on the search results. Here is what I found . . .
http://asilentcacophony.blogspot.com/ – First Google Hit
http://silentcacophony.wordpress.com/ – Second Google Hit
http://chasemarch.blogspot.com – I’m third in line
I don’t want to retitle my blog. Silent Cacophony seems like it is mine. I feel like I have a right to it. I just love how well that two-word phrase incorporates everything that writing is about. I first discovered the word “cacophony” during a random dictionary fishing expedition. And of course, being a teenager who loved to play with words the oxymoron “silent cacophony” jumped into my head almost immediately.
I don’t know if I can change the search results so I can be first in every search engine. My blog isn’t as old as the first one listed either. But my old coil notebook version probably predates his.
I want this blog to be the REAL SILENT CACOPHONY but I guess I might have to settle for sharing it with others. Too bad!