Metablogging: July 2006 Archives

Every now and then, despite the better powers that drive me, I end up making some stupid or overstated remark, usually on matters about which I know nothing. And more and more recently those matters expand to encompass nearly everything. I really have no standing to say anything about war in the Middle East, aesthetics, morality, philosophy, or, in fact anything except what I like or don't like. And perhaps it would be wise for me to remember this is the future before making any more such remarks.

But then, I wouldn't be being me--overreactive, bristly, and perversely irritated by nearly everything. And perhaps taking a vacation from me would serve both me and the blog community well. A little more humility, a lot more restraint. It's one of the reasons for so many reviews recently. I can't think of any other way to at once say something and not make a complete fool of myself.

So this is by way of apology and entreaty--I'm sorry, I have said, I say, and I will say stupid things--overgeneralizations--I am not one for making very fine distinctions--it isn't the way I think about things--I think in broad strokes in the generalizations that hold things together. It isn't an excuse, it's an explanation. I will try to curtail these sorts of remarks. Of course, if offensive, they are easily enough skipped--but it were better that they were never made in the first place. I won't promise anything because my restraint is poor (I'll blame that on Linda's absence as well), but just don't take anything I say too seriously--always consider the source.

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Blogging Difficulties

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One of the most difficult things in the world for me is to keep on topic when writing an entry. I find my mind going a million different directions. If I'm ranting, I want to rant about everything. If I'm writing about the spiritual life, I want to treat the whole of it synthetically.

Blogging is training in mindfulness (to put it in Zen way). Awareness of what you are about, concentration on what you mean to say. A successful entry is one that accomplishes a single thing. Now that thing may be a broad survey or a laser-like minute point. But the successful entry says what needs to be said and quietly ends.

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Some Maitenance Items


Comment approval has been a real pain. I found two or three of my own comments that haven't gotten through. The present system allows for no filter whereby a previously approved address might continue to be approved.

That said, please let me know if you don't see your comment after a day or so. There are very few legitimate comments that I do not approve. In the entire time I've run the blog I can think of three that I have had to delete for unsuitable content that were really comments on the material at hand. So, I'm not trying to prevent anyone from having their say. In fact, my theory of blogging (and perhaps one of the reasons this blog is so sloppy at times) is that the blog is an invitation to conversation. If your comment doesn't make it, there can be no meaningful communication.

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