Wednesday, May 18, 2016

a blogger on blogging

I'm an old hand at blogging.  Been doing this on and off since 2004, with varying styles of posts dictated by my judgment of circumstance.  Quite often I feel like, to the reader, I am a Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire or Peewee Herman, an entertainer, talking loudly amidst a crowded marketplace, speaking of my favorite things.

Oh I can squash the meaning out of anything I post here, making it either plain or pointless.

An entertainer, then, occupying a moment of the reader's time, lending perspective where there was none, lending interpretation where there was once questions, and instilling my own sense of clarity on an array of matters.

It is not always like a stage show.  I once composed a blog post, a creative bit, unknowingly pitted between the time of the Sandy Hook shootings and a few moments later when the cable news networks began their first reports of the horror.  I remember a sense of optimism that morning, that persisted even after the first reports, until the scope of the tragedy appropriately diminished that feeling.  Puts things in perspective, quite handily; for there are times for us to be ignored.

This is not unlike 9/11, either the attack on the twin towers or Benghazi, when part of you might acknowledge a possibility, but that collective mind is not yet horrified, but in a dreamlike state imagining the future, even while washing the dishes and cooking the meals of the present.

I call this a recursive medium, perhaps inappropriately, for recursion relates to recycle and regurgitating the past, as though we were a show on the old History Channel, recounting and retelling with only our own intuition guiding us.  But blog posts take the past into account, while being appropriate to the present and expressing a hope for the future.

In our codified language, the future is a metaphysical fog of disguised prophecy, sitting in a soup of language beside nouns, verbs and modifiers that relate to the present and past, for the discriminating mind to sort out.  We are not prophets, anyway-us bloggers; but we have hopes and want to be in the conversation of the future.  Why else take to the blog?  That is our hope then, to help define the past, describe the present and express our hopes for the future: each an opportunity afforded by the internet.

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