An Authors History - A Piece Of My Mind
Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.--Mitchell Kapor
Have you ever searched yourself online?
Someone wrote me an email about a month ago.
I heard you on a website interview with Candy O'Donnell. I think it was in 2011 or 2012. What are you doing now?
After the initial shock wore off, I wanted to send her an email. However, I curbed my typing fingers and cooled off.
About a few days later, I got an email from another female fan.
I saw you at a STAR TREK convention with Avery Brooks 25 years ago. At that time, you were the news editor for Power Star Magazine and worked for Affaire De Couer. Are you the same man who wrote the forward to Lindsay Downs's romance book?
(Bennet Note--BY THE WAY, I did work for Power Star and still work for Affaire. I also did the forward to Lindsay's book)
I wondered how these people found me.
In a moment of boredom and weakness, I did a few searches on good ole me. I know many say that you are not supposed to do searches on yourself...but I did.
So what did I find? A heck of a lot of stuff...items and articles I had long forgotten. Such as the smelly trash articles I wrote 18 years ago for magazines long dead and a copy (online of course) of Strange New Worlds Magazine. I wrote that around 15 years ago about Star Trek Comics (Thank you publisher Jo Davidsmeyer). Plus I found Amazon reviews, AUDIOWORLD reviews, To Be or What columns (I loved the one about me being a BLOOMING IDIOT regarding flowers). And I also found articles from Night Owl Reviews and even a restaurant review of a place that closed five years ago.
It is amazing what I found...lets me say unearthed! Let me set the record straight, this was not in one single search engine search —this was a group of many search engines. Isn't the net grand!
There was one article which I could not believe I found. I uncovered a column I wrote about fifteen years ago in Affaire De Couer magazine about a 22 year old woman I knew named Missy. She was killed by her boyfriend. I felt this young life was snuffed out so quickly. I remember how angry I was about what happened. I used my column as a soapbox. I do not know why I used this column as a forum for my anger and pain. When I saw this online, I reread it and started to scream with deep emotion. Good writing can still make you feel and cry.
To my credit, I have done (March 2015 totals) 230 radio shows for blog talk radio (187 shows since 2013). This does not include guest appearances on The World of Ink Network, Ashley Fontainne's The Write Stuff network, Lori Hays Reverie Radio, Dellani Oakes's Tea Time and other radio shows. There were pages and pages of listings of things I done with guests long forgotten. Some listings included my talented Blog Talk radio co-hosts Sarah Avraham and Rachel Thompson.
This is not including my co-hosting shows of High Visibility with the lovely Diane Chapman on KUCI-FM. God I wish a few of those shows were placed online (with guests like Will Eisner, Joel and Dana Pierson, Jerry Robbins, etc). Dear Di Chapman taught me the radio ropes that I still use today as a host on blog talk radio shows. She taught me the fine art of conversation. I thank her for it. The shows were mentioned in a few articles. I wish I could hear them again.
My life online wasn’t nor has it ever been dull. The link about Editor Kim Murphy-Smith obit and My Santa Claus Interview, which I wrote in the pages of Night Owl Magazine has been linked to my Myspace and Facebook pages. People still write me about them. My radio shows, I had did a year or two ago, still get emails. I still wonder why.
I say this, the internet is a large trash can of personal property you think has vanished and disappeared from view. Trust me, it hasn’t. It may take a little searching, but it’s still there somewhere.
Nevertheless, if anyone can find a copy of my story NIGHT OF THE SHYLOCK, which I wrote for Power Star Magazine years ago, I would be grateful. There is NO REWARD, other than my thanks. It has to be out there somewhere on the World Wide Web. I cannot find it at this time…but it’s still lurking out there on some server.
I viewed a link to a Rising Star Convention. That link lead me to the writer's workshop that was 25 years ago at least. I have great friends and good memories from that convention. I wish there had been pictures and videos on the net for that…so I could review and relive the event.
Note, I am not suggesting you look yourself up. However if you do, you will find some amazing things as I did.
Until Next Time, Reach for the Stars
Columnist: Bennet Pomerantz has covered the Audio medium for the last 20 years. He has syndicated newspaper columns, AUDIOWORLD and "Movies of Your Mind", in Affaire De Coeur Magazine. In which he showcase his vast and diverse knowledge of the spoken word medium.
He is also known as a media review critic (books, music, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs) in his weekly syndicated newspaper column "A Piece of the Page". He also is a ranked media reviewer for Amazon.com. http://www.facebook.com/bennet.pomerantz1 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org