I’ve often considered attempting to write a blog. ‘Attempting’ because at this moment I can think of many reasons why this is a foolish idea (“The Cons”) and only a handful of reasons why I should invest the effort (The Pros).
In the spirit of optimism, let’s consider the latter first.
I know a number of bloggers. They seem to enjoy it. They have encountered a number of interesting people and have made some good, albeit, in most cases, ‘virtual’ friends. The opportunity to share this experience is attractive and I would hope for a similar social outcome.
It will afford me an opportunity to engage both my left and right brain functions. Much of the technology will be an opportunity to learn and grow so the left side will be fully engaged. At the same time, the writing will engage the right side more fully than the events of my daily life do. I do not think of myself as particularly creative but I am passionate about the things I care about and look forward the challenge of expressing my thoughts and feelings in a way that will be clear, if not necessarily meaningful, to you; the reader.
I don’t have a specific agenda. I care about politics but am not an activist. I care about the arts but don’t think of myself as uniquely qualified to hold forth on this topic beyond my own likes and dislikes. There is no particular topic on which I consider myself an authoritative source of knowledge or wisdom.
What makes me think I have anything meaningful to say to the world at large? The idea seems fraught with hubris. What if the entire blogosphere gets together and unanimously decides I am an idiot? There is an old saying that it is better to remain silent and let others think you’re stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Blogging confronts that risk head-on and with a permanence that only exists on the internet.
There are many more thoughts along these same lines but by now you’ve gotten the drift.
So, with all that said, with the known and unknown positioning themselves directly in my path, and with all my neuroses and insecurities in high gear and on full display…… let’s begin.