H.L. Mencken & my weblogs
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After a fashion it was H.L. Mencken who inspired me to begin keeping a weblog. Back in the old American Mercury he ran snippets from American newspapers, mostly from small towns that were exemplary in capturing the naiveté, ignorance and foolishness of the average citizen of the USA.
My original weblog grew from my personal website. I was always adding new pages, Blogger, and then Live Journal and finally Movable Type made it easier to keep adding and adding.
I wanted to keep entries that were just bits of quote and citation of the silly doings of the faithful elsewhere so I created the weblog now called Gullibility isn't in the Dictionary. Wanting to keep God separate from sex (as many Christians say he prefers) I created Amorous Propensities. And the rest followed.
While the personal entries are typical diary entries the scraps of quotation and pointers were inspired by Mencken's Americana. It would be a year at least before I looked around the web and saw that millions were doing likewise.