Why a website?
The other day I was idly thinking "I wonder if there are
website addresses based on peoples full names...?"
So I typed a random name - 'Brian Jones'- into the web address
box of the browser, throwing a 'www.' in front, and '.com'
after. Sure enough, there it is - Brian Jones website,
'Pastor, author, speaker'.
OK, so simple names might be used as an URL - after all, there
are probably a fair number of Brian Jones in the world. At
least one of the BJs must think, "Hey! I'll buy the address
'Brian Jones.com". And did. So not unexpected for a common
But what about a less
common name; say 'Stuart Fredrickson' ( I have pulled
these names out of the air, they are not based on anyone I
know or have heard of!). Sure enough,www.StuartFredrickson.com
is 'up for grabs' (or at least it was when I wrote
Well, of course you know what
happened next - I checked my own name. (And I bet you'll now check yours
- if you haven't already!)
To my amazement, while 'LaurieMeadows.com' was taken, all the
other LaurieMeadows (.info .net . biz, etc) were languishing
there, unloved and unwanted.
Yeah, the truth is, I grabbed 'LaurieMeadows.info' on a split
Are 'impulse buys' really
Now that you've got your name as a website, what do you do
I'm a fairly private sort of person (altho', paradoxically, I
enjoy peoples company, both at the workplace, and in
So I have no interest in writing about my own (completely
unremarkable) personal life, nor am I interested in writing
about other peoples, lives. After all, people are entitled to
privacy. And, of course, my family have that same right to privacy.
So, while these words come from
my life, they are not so much 'about me', as my
reflections on what I see around me, and what I think about
what this world. These musings and observations do not pretend
to be anything other than what they seem to be. And you interpret that.
What value, then, does anyone's 'published' written expression
Well, the value for for me, at least, is that its a bit of
fun; its a chance to play around with making a website.
The value for you might be in some of the ideas expressed, or
You know, parents have a captive audience - their children.
Children, however, are not necessarily appreciative of the
valuable gifts of sage advice and brilliant reflections
offered by their elders! They seem to be born with a defence
mechanism that automatically switches attention to 'off' when
parental speech is longer than two sentences...and this
paragraph is three sentences long...!
So, if you are hoping for an audience for your down-home
common sense opinions, don't expect your kids to listen
without argument. If you are hoping for an
audience for your your 'good advice' refined from
the blast-furnace of your own red-faced mistakes
don't expect your kids to have developed enough forebrains
to be able to accept it!
Seriously tho', our kids are different people, and it can't be
surprising that our own
interests and take on life are not necessarily theirs as well.
Lets take solace in the fact that the worlds a big place. Someone out there may
be interested in our thoughts. Thanks to the internet, I can
choose to move from a potential audience of 5 to a potential
audience of a bit more than 5.
Everyone has a 'personal style' when speaking, and when
Mine style tends towards discursive - expansive rather than
brief, slow to come to the point, and tending to go off on
tangential excursions before returning to the point. This is
OK if you have the engaging urbane charm and powerful
punchlines of master discursive storyteller Alistair
Cook , for example. I don't. This may go some way to
explaining why peoples eyes start to get that 'far away
distant look' only 50 sentences or so into my latest brilliant
The point is
If you have read this far, you may be exactly the right sort
of reader for this site...