No, I'm not talking about my flesh-and-blood offspring. Rather, I'm talking about my adopted blog-son, aTypical Joe.
Joe's not my actual son. In fact, Joe's a couple of years older than me. About seven, actually.
And today's not Joe's birthday. It's his blog's birthday. His Blogiversary, if you will.
I discovered Joe's blog a while back when I was looking for other blogs in the area. He's located about 90-100 miles from me. Which, at the speed of blogs, isn't all that far.
And when I first saw his blog, my thoughts were "A Gay New Yorker Living In The Rural South?" Okay, I thought that because that's what it said across the top. Up in the banner. But that said it all. And it said to me: A Liberal.
Now, if you haven't figured it out by now, I'm not a liberal. I'm a conservative. Extremely conservative. But I decided to see what this Yankee Liberal had to say.
And his views are the same as many of the liberal views. But he did something that I don't see a lot: he thought his positions through.
Okay, don't make the assumption that liberals don't think their positions through. Some do. Some don't. You usually hear the loud ones. They are the ones substituting volume for reason. It's those that use reason that you don't always hear.
Joe's one of those. And while I disagree with many of the positions he reaches, I respect his process for reaching them. And I respect him.
So, I took a liking to Joe. Not because he's a thinking man's liberal. But because he's a thinking man. The world needs more thinking men.
Anyway, from time to time, Joe has consented to blog for me during absenses. And it's always fun or thought-provoking to read what he writes, here or at his blog.
Like I said, Joe's blog turned one year old today. And he paid me the ultimate blogger's compliment today:
If I have a blogfather, it is Basil.
I'm not actually Joe's blogfather. That is, I didn't inspire him to start a blog or anything of the sort.
Now, for me, my blogfathers are actually Frank J. and RightWingDuck from IMAO. They inspired me to blog. They don't know that, but they did.
But, my spiritual blogfather is Harvey from Bad Example. He's taken the time and effort to help me though this journey called blogging. So blame him.
As my mentor and spritual blogfather, Harvey is a man I greatly appreciate and respect.
And the thought that Joe might have some of the same thoughts towards me is quite humbling.
It's Joe's Blogiversary. But I get the presents.