This blogger tells their readers that they may or may not be named dalecooper57. At first I thought I was connecting with a woman. I mean just look at the avatar below of a woman’s hollow head with a horse inside. As I researched, I discovered that Dale is not a woman but a man and to deepen the intrigue his name is not really Dale, only in blog-sphere.
Melanie: Why all the mystery surrounding your name?
Dale: It was never my intention to create an alternate personality. “Dale” is not in any way different from me. The name story goes like this;
Years ago, long before the blog, (I only started writing it – or anything else at all for that matter – nine months ago) I needed a login name for something; YouTube I think, and I picked dalecooper57 because I’m a Twin Peaks nut and FBI special agent Dale Cooper is the lead character. And 57? As my late father worked for Heinz, I’ve always used it in my e-mail address.
With me so far?
When I started the blog, I needed a screen name or a login or some other identifier, so I used the same thing.
Then people started addressing me as Dale in the comments. I thought it would be fun to set up a Facebook page in Dale’s name where I could link the blog This gave me twice the sharing power.
“Dale” also now has twitter, tumblr, YouTube, and soundcloud accounts, all linked to Diary of an Internet Nobody for the various strands of the blog.
As for the avatar that absolutely everybody finds so fascinating, (except my girlfriend, who hates it) I can take no credit for it whatsoever. It is, as I state in the blog’s “about” section, taken from an art exhibition of works inspired by Twin Peaks, by Chris Buzelli.
Melanie: I felt thrown off kilter for a moment, when I first looked at your blog. Some of the images are rather strange to this mum of nine who has lived on a hobby farm for over 20 years. Your blog is starling at times, beautiful, eccentric, artsy…The images you use on your blog and Face book are unique. Are you a graphic artist as well as a writer?
Dale: The “Dale” icon, and other artwork on the fb page were created by me on my phone (where I do ALL of my Internet/digital stuff. No computers at all used in the making of this nonsense folks) Any and all original digital art, video, music, and photography are by me unless otherwise stated (or stock images pinched from Google), again all created on my smartphone, including building and administering the blog site itself
Melanie: Dale agreed to give us a glimpse of his many faces and tell us a bit about himself.
Dale: I work in the aerospace industry, although in the past I have also made fishing rods, done fiberglass laminating, sold double glazing and timeshare, worked on markets, and once even worked for a website that vetted safe venues for dating couples to meet for the first time.
Melanie: You have so many interests. Your scenic photography is more traditional than your graphics but just as poignant, especially from a Canadian’s point of view. Your images depict England as a country steeped in history.
Dale: I’ve always been interested in photography, and since I have my phone with me wherever I go, I’m constantly on the lookout for striking images. We love the Devon countryside and the relaxed pace of life here. Despite the beautiful landscape around Crowborough, after living in the Sussex commuter belt for so many years, the different atmosphere of the West Country came as a welcome change.
( I was born in Hertfordshire, and apart from two years there, and four in Essex – where my sister was born – I spent the majority of my life in Crowborough, East Sussex.)
Melanie: You call yourself an aging hippy but you are not aged in your attitude to life. With all your diverse interests, I cannot label you and put you in one specific box. In fact, it seems that you loves to startle your readers with unorthodox photographic images which are sharp, colourful and eye catching.
Melanie: Why did you start a blog in the first place?
Dale: A couple of months before I even thought of writing anything, let alone having my own blog, I met a friend of a friend online, who had been a blogger and freelance writer for some time. I spent many a late night chatting to him as he traveled round eastern Europe, documenting his adventures on his blog*
On more than one occasion I stayed up until the early hours, helping to publicize his posts on various social media sites . I experienced the vicarious thrill of watching the hit counter raising. * TheBohemianblog.com
The amount of time that I spent on facebook, talking rubbish and getting to know people round the world inspired me to write something a bit more literate.
Diary of an Internet Nobody was born. I have loved every minute of it.
I don’t hold with having a theme, on the principal that if you don’t talk about the same thing all the time, why would you want to write about (and more importantly, read about) the same thing all the time?
Melanie: What events in your childhood shaped you into the man you are today?
Dale: I’ve been very independent since I was young. I attribute this to the death of my mother, when I was nine, from a brain hemorrhage (I witnessed her initial collapse).
I had to learn to take on a bit of extra responsibility and as a result I enjoy cooking even today. I left home at 16, enrolled on the newly introduced YTS work scheme (after failing to secure a grant for my drama school course) , I lived in a succession of bedsits, flats, and shared houses with friends. This time in my youth I lived in a converted coach in the Kent and Sussex countryside working on the many fruit farms in the area.
I got into drama when I was at school in the early eighties, performing in several plays and working on stage management, lighting, and production on many others. I also worked with a local theatre group formed with friends from school. The highlight of this was a two week run we did at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
I have been an avid reader from an early age, devouring my parents Companion book club collection, thereby getting a taste for all types of fiction. I was always reminded that we lived in an area of literary greats.
I lived most of my life in Sussex, on Ashdown forest, the setting for Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. A.A.Milne lived there, and set his tales of the “bear of very little brain” in the gorse and heather carpeted forest on which I played as a child.
I too have played pooh-sticks on the actual pooh bridge, just as Christopher Robin did all those years before.
And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the famous Sherlock Holmes novels, lived and wrote there too.
I still read as often as I can, although blogging is rapidly becoming my new pastime, and it’s harder to find the time. My “to read” pile is becoming progressively taller.
I’m a huge Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams fan, love Stephen King, Iain Banks, Spike Milligan, Stephen Fry, John LeCarré, and many others, but will try anything, leading to discovering some amazing books. I just love second hand book shops, and always come out with way more than I went in for.
Hence the teetering book pile.
Melanie: Dale also designs interesting graphics which are included in his blog, again simply using his phone.
Dale: Yes, I have recently tried to insert some strands into the blog which, while not exactly themes, give at least a nod to structure by making occasional appearances every now and again, such as the “Picture this…” photography posts, the “Dog days…” stories, told from the perspective of our much missed Alsatian cross bitch, Karla, who we lost 18 months ago, and the “Sound and vision” page which showcases my experiments with stop-frame animation, video editing, and electronic music created using an online loop making app on my phone.
I’ve always been completely obsessed with music, and have a huge collection of all genres, from
obscure electronica and dubstep to ’70s prog and classic rock. I have albums by Kraftwerk and Motorhead, Pink Floyd and The Clash, Green Day and Fleet Foxes, and almost every other type of music in between, on vinyl, cassette, CD, and now, thousands of mp3 downloads on my treasured phone. I love music festivals, and our local summer musical weekend break is now Chagstock festival on beautiful Dartmoor, from where I shall once again be reporting in July.
Melanie: Dale’s blog is fascinating covering a wide range of themes and with great photos, graphics of course. It is unique with a voice of its own which is the best praise a reviewer can give any blog.
RANTS AND MUSINGS FROM THE ETHER.