Samuel Johnson was born in September of 1709 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. He is known for writing the Dictionary of the English Language, published in 1755, which some consider to have had a great influence on modern English. He wrote more than just the lexicon, of course, beginning his writing career by writing essays for The Gentleman's Magazine.
I bring this up today because I ran across a quote from him.
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money."
I've thought a lot about this over the past couple of days and I think he is right. I mean, the man wrote a dictionary, for crying out loud. It took him nine years. That is pretty smart, don't you think?
I've decided I do not want to be a blockhead. I sit at my computer, day after day, pounding out these blog entries and I haven't made one dime from them. So, I'd really appreciate it if you'd send me a dollar every time you read one of my postings. Because I'm really very generous, as well as fair-minded, if you only log in by mistake and click off again in five seconds or less, you may send only two bits.
Thanks, Mr. Johnson. We learn from history.
(If you leave a nice comment about what a terrific writer I am, I would consider that a fair barter and accept it in lieu of cash)