Thread two

So, I have been thinking a lot about the nature of blogs and my sudden decision [as a result of a confluence of events] to keep one. I’m not sure for whom I am keeping it. I don’t particularly want other people commenting on my thoughts, but I like the idea of the blog as a forum for me. At this time, at this point, at this now in my life I want to write down thoughts occasionally.

The blogs I have begun to read since attending a Web 2.0 conference in Shanghai are all in the nature of essays. At least when I studied essays by the great essayists in literature these were how they were written. I’m not a formal writer and not particularly articulate in prose, but the overriding motivation at the moment is thoughts on paper.

I have begun at the midpoint of my life to realize the hierarchical nature of growing up and aging. From the start we go through stages and I don’t think that ever stops. This is my stage now. Like an arcade game, when we are ready to move on, or as we try to move on, we have to go around, or over, or through obstacles to level up. I think I am leveling up.

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a poem a day…

A Patch of Old Snow
by: Robert Frost
There’s a patch of old snow in a corner
That I should have guessed
Was a blow-away paper the rain
Had brought to rest.

It is speckled with grime as if
Small print overspread it,
The news of a day I’ve forgotten–
If I ever read it.

first words

Funny world this. Two days ago I laughed with a friend and said I’d never blog. I can barely manage email and Facebook, never mind setting down my thoughts. Then I saw an app called Write or Die 2.0 [check out Dr.Wicked.com] which forces writers to sit and produce a specified number of words in a specified time or suffer “consequences”. When I realised I was seriously contemplating this app, and remembering my earlier forays into the blog of a developer of a cool app that I use to organise my life [getglue by adaptiveblue – still in beta but check out the adaptiveblue website], and keeping in mind that I frequently bemoan not having enough time to write, I thought I would give blogging a try.