What can you really think before stepping into someone’s world, via their own eyes, and read through those intimate personal moments called a weblog? What is your first reaction when the blog is named “‘man.ik-di’pres.iv?” Well, you take a look. You read the little things on the splash page and you hold back just long enough to write this portion of the review before diving into the author’s mind. I can’t help but assume that this blog will be scattered in pain, but I almost hope for raw emotion.
I started with a few of the recent entries, the two that are there. Then I dropped in on the archives. I’m not surprised by entries, but they spark emotion. They draw you in. They’re short, but indelibly moving. The author is obviously a man of few words, but with a writing ability like his, there’s no need for too many words. The author has points. He makes them and moves on. There is little by way of tangents, even if the entries vary to things throughout the day or his idea of “horrorscopes.” The blog itself reads like a well written novel; the kind you read again and again because you loved it so much. Short spurts of wonder and intelligence. This is the kind of blog that makes me want to write quality, not quantity. This is the kind of blog that I love to find and read. This is the kind of blog everyone should get a chance to experience, even just once.
For a site hosted on geocities, it’s beautifully dark. You see only the random picture in the left corner and the quote that coincides with it. You read his versions of the mundane, “the vault” as opposed to “archives.” It’s actually very well laid out and clear. There isn’t a ton of things to inundate the reader with this or that. It’s designed to allow the reader to choose where they’d like to go.
He has a “say a prayer” portion that’s not for the people of the war, or the humans who lost lives. If you click on it, it’s for those innocent, and I mean truly innocent, lost lives of animals. I can’t help but be very sad at the reality of his concern. And I can’t help but hope that his one voice changes the voice of others. This section alone, brought tears to my eyes. You can learn more about his likes and favorites in different sections of the site. You can learn more about him in the about me section.
Regardless of where you go on the site, as a reader, you will probably find something you can relate to. It’s not all filled with pain and angst, as you might think by the dark demeanor, but it is filled with insight. Insight into little things people often overlook in life. Or even insight into things we’ve thought about many times, but never could find the right words to make them real. This site is my first 5.0 because I want to read every word written there… ever. last. one. ‘man.ik-di’pres.iv