Sunday, June 04, 2006
benefit vs exhibit
"It's almost like there's a record full of incomprehensible bullshit playing in your mind 24/7, and you put the needle down randomly and whatever it picks up, you just type it up..." Maddox, The Pest Page in the Universe.
Let's up hope that this is decisively not how you and I write up our blog posts, just typing up any random thing that pops into mind. For that is not a blog. That's an online diary or digital journal. It's not a blog.
Any blogger knows that blogs are for posting information and proclaiming opinions, from the private to the professional.
Blogs are not "Dear Diary, I did this today."
Blogs are "Hello everyone, let me help you do this today."
Blogs are "Hurry everyone, this must be attacked today."
Blogs are "Help me, someone, to understand this today."
Blogs are "Hey anyone, what do you think of this today?"
Blogs can provide real value to our lives when the blogger makes us laugh, excites our curiosity to learn, helps us understand a different point of view, or shows us how to do something useful.
Self in expression only services self, ego at low tide, and grows in shadows, a mossy moist missing, reductive, anecdotalized, delusional, a polluted mirror of gastrophobic flamboyance.
You either think of what your readers can benefit from...or you think of what you wish to exhibit to your readers. Is the offer of self of greater value than the absorption of skill?
Benefit vs. Exhibit: -- In our blogs, at least, we hopefully remain forcibly present, while mostly invisible, quieted down, misty, reluctant to "say too much" and thereby communicate nothing at all.
We need a bit of both, I suppose, Benefit and Exhibition.
But when we exhibit excessively, the gazes tire and get worn out, jaded, jejune, undernourished, like bald tires rolling sleepily down the asphalt stretched out like eternal lanes to nextuarities.
Posted by steven edward streight at 6/04/2006 11:25:00 PM