Well, here I am again.
As the title says, I’m an Open Diary has been.
I was Viper in the original OD , back in 1999. I was one of the original 9000 writers there, back when it was free. Then it went to subscription, and I was there for a year. So about 4 years total of writing.
I was a taxi driver at the time, and a majority of my entries were about the fares and misadventures I had in the cab.
There was also some random silliness and a lot of flirting. I started a web page called Viper’s OD Picture Page, where people could post pictures of them selves. I liked putting a face to name. I also help organize a face to face OD meet, but it flopped and only 5 people came .
I basically threw away all anonymity that OD offered. At the time I didn’t see a problem with that. But then when people knew you, or thought they did, I found it changed my writing style. I started editing myself, not being honest because I wanted people to think highly of me. Even if it was all a lie.
I became addicted to the attention I had on here. I used to call my readers lemmings.
Anyway, I’ll go on about my shortcomings in a future entry. Why am I here now?
I found my old diary backed up on a cd. I’ve been going through it, extracting my taxi stories for that book I’ve been saying I’m gonna write some day.
Well it is some day now. But reading over my old diary is cringeworthy sometimes. I’m not the same person I was 24 years ago. But I do miss the community OD used to be.
So I thought I’d poke my head in, see if it’s the same, see if any of the original writers are here, and see if I can not ruin it for myself this time.
Though I don’t think I have as much to write about anymore. Cab driving was a lifetime ago.
Since then I’ve changed careers, changed wives, and retired.
So let’s see if I have anything worth saying, or worth reading about.