Friday, November 10, 2006

New to SharingOurDays -- Living in the Bonus Round

Welcome to the Bonus Round. My name is Steve. I'm an AIDS survivor and this site is a personal diary. I started it back in the stone age of the Internet. I was really, really sick; stuck in bed. I needed a way to let my friends and family know how I was doing, day by day -- and to record my last thoughts before dying.

GeoCities had just come online giving out free websites. So, I created my site in the form of a diary. And soon, I was getting email from all over the world. I began to see it as a way of saying, "Look. I existed. I was here."

Online diary/blogs are not such an amazing idea these days. But back then, when the Net was new, I was one of the first. Only about 1/3 of a college class even had email. (I know because I asked once when I did a presentation.)

Well, I didn't die. In fact, I wrote a musical instead. And I survive. And people sing my songs. And now we're headed back to New York with another musical.

The diary has evolved a mixture of blog, opinion, diary entries, road trips, and (now) a backstage look at the making of our new off-Broadway musical in New York called "The Big Voice: God or Merman?."


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