Tuesday, 14 September 2004, 21:51:01 EDT
It seems some of you that read these words are confused about what this web site is. The part that gets the most attention does indeed fit the bill for a private weblog which people are want to call a "blog." The word "blog" sounds like what one does after drinking a bottle of cheap vodka. I loathe that word and I ask that you do not call this web site a "blog." If you wish, you can call it a "weblog" even though that is not what this is. Yes, the portion of the site that is most often read is the journal portion. That does not mean, however, that the whole site is the journal. This web site has many parts and all the parts make up the whole. I did not arbitrarily pick the title Room Full of Mirrors just because it is one of my favorite Jimi Hendrix songs. No, the title accurately describes the intent and content of this web site. The journal portion allows me to communicate in ways that I am unable to vocally (Joel just wrote a piece on this very thing). It allows me to voice my opinions and feelings in an impersonal manner. It allows people, such as my Grandfather, to keep up with me or even learn who is behind the stoic exterior. Please, calling this web site a "blog" is an insult to the time and emotion I put in to it.
That said, you all seem to think it strange that I would want to copyright my words. I have written at length about many things here that are not necessarily unique to me or my point of view. If someone were to stumble upon it and think that it would be easier to just copy and paste my words to whatever they wish then I want to be credited for it. If someone downloads some of the scripts or code I make available and then modify and distribute them I want them to give me credit for the original work. If someone downloads the music I have available here and decides to remix it or redistribute it I want them to give me credit. When people see that there is no license attached at all then they generally feel they can get away with whatever they wish. If they see that the person is only asking for simple credit then they are more than likely going to acquiesce to that person's desire. It is not uncommon for people to wish this of their work and if you are using a third party content managment system like wordpress you can easily add it to the CMS.