As you might have noticed, I’m a huge fan of digressions and random side notes.
My favorite parts of other people’s writing is invariably what happens within parentheticals, footnotes, endnotes, and those digressions expressing random thoughts that don’t otherwise fit directly into the argument being presented. These digressions are not really random, of course, they are generally clarifications or tangential topics, and as such, can be deeply important to the main line when one is interested in going deeper.
However, there are times when the medium of blogging dictates that a writer remove these digressions completely and place them into their own dedicated post.
Such is the case with yesterdays article Shakespearean Skepticism. It was meant to be a quick admonition against taking yourself too seriously and using that to adopt the attitude of a good Shakespearean actor, instead.
Alas, my digressive-tendencies overcame me (as they are in this parenthetical) and I added an entire digression on Eastern vs Western philosophy. This was ill-conceived on my part and I have now removed it outright.
I will instead give that entire idea its own article so that I can be less simplistic in my wording.
Every blogger needs smart friends who are kind enough to point out when clarity and accuracy have been subsumed by thrift and expediency. I’m lucky enough to have these people, which I consider essential to what I do.
Let’s face it, blogging is a weird medium!
Never in history has ones writing had the potential to be read by an audience so immediately and so frequently. There are huge upsides to this, and they are the reason I embrace the medium of blogging so willingly. I love blogging! I love the concept. And I strongly encourage anyone who wishes to hone their writing skills to start a blog and go full-Nemesis on that shit.
But blogging has to be taken for what it is. As a rule, a blog post comes in one of two (or both!) varieties:
- A random outburst of blabbiness (like an overgrown Tweet)
- A VERY rough draft of what might eventually be developed into something more permanent.
What blogging is not is an “edited” form of writing. It’s “raw”, as it were. And that means more mistakes, more need for revisiting, and more need to remove the veil of “seriousness” that plagues more formal mediums such as book writing, journalism, etc.
Lightheartedness is key to blogging, as it is in so many areas of ones life. Not just for ones sanity, but in order to embrace the craft itself.
Blogging is about revision, rethinking, and rewriting.
I’m a blogger precisely because I DO NOT have all of the answers, but am an explorer hunting down the answers who wishes to share that journey with you.
… and again, I’ve digressed!
The point is that I’ve shortened yesterdays post to make it clearer, and I’ll be posting something on the (very interesting) differences and similarities between Eastern and Western philosophical ideas, especially regarding Action, Ethics, and living the Good Life.
Now go lift something heavy,