IT’S ABOUT time, isn’t it?
For years, it’s been: richardbach-dot-com was a single page with a faint photo of the Messiah’s Handbook, and no amount of clicking would change anything. Just that picture.
Because for all that time I didn’t know what to do with a website.
I needed to hold the site name, but didn’t want to go it alone, burn myself out again as I’d done twice before — a Compuserve forum long ago and a Twitter presence last year. I’ve seen there are a couple of richardbach fan sites on Facebook. I don’t know who runs those but I’ve looked at the pages once in a while, read what thousands of others had posted and wondered, Why can’t there be some place where I could talk with my world-around family, which cherishes so many values that I live by, too? A place where we could perhaps find each other, as well?
I knew from experience that a Web presence can be full-time work, and sooner or later there’d be divisions as well as connections and somehow I’d have to address that and no thank you, I’ve got books to write.
My dear friend Sabryna Bach didn’t like the sound of no thank you. “Let me do it, Richard! I’ll find some way to get the website going and you can be a part of it or not be a part of it, but there’s your family out there and it isn’t right that there’s just…nothing!…for those you care about, the ones who like your books!”
“It’s awfully complicated, Sabryna…”
She took that as “Go for it!” and disappeared for a month or so. Then she called again, “You’re going to love your website!”
“What website, Sabryna? I’m gonna love what? What have you been doing?”
– click –
She emailed a week later. “It’s not finished, but it’s where you can look at it.”
“What’s not finished?” I wrote.
She sent a web address and a password for the construction site, introduced me to Chris Kresge, who took time from his Convenient Integration business out of kindness for Sabryna and the challenge of making me love a website against my will.
“You can contribute as much as you want or as little,” said Chris. “But here’s the way it’s set up…”
At the end of that session he had me hook and line, if not sinker.
“Let me play with it a bit, Chris.” Maybe it wouldn’t work the way he said it would. “I’ll give it a test or two.”
And here we are. This place isn’t an article or a book or a movie or a talk or an appearance or an interview. It’s all of those and none. Here’s a home for short little bits of ideas, funny things that happen, a place to show the pasts and futures of what I care about, dear reader, if you should happen to be interested.
Room for snapshots and videos I take with my cellphone out around my house or from the sky, flying. Room for comments and reflections I never quite knew what to do with, thoughtful stuff and silly stuff, too – events that made me laugh and one you’ll see that cost me a tear or two, but returned far more in understanding.
Near as I can tell, it’s a perfect way for one mind to be in touch with others compelled to shoot the same rapids along that river for which we care so much.
I’ve got friends for you to meet, books I’ve enjoyed that you might, too, movies that have touched me and a place to add what’s touched you, too. There’s a way for us to be in contact directly, if that’s important to anyone, and a place for suggestions and and ideas and comments.
Chris has set up a fairly good firewall against trolls and destroyers, not impenetrable but I don’t imagine we’ll have many of those at a site like this. Anything that’s a problem, tell Chris and he’ll fix it.
My bet is that this will remain a small gentle site for quite a long while, and that’s what I want it to be. The books I write and the talks I’ve given have been intimate (L. intimus “inmost” [adj.], “close friend” [n.]), and I can’t help it this site will likely turn out that way, too.