Often in the writing of this blog and the previous one which had about 5 years or more of drivel in it, I’ve come across the W items so to speak. Maybe a H item too.
A few folks still read this blog perhaps from India and Singapore and when I quit writing or take the blog down for a bit, I get the W questions. W is not so much H but does have a bearing on stuff. Its what, when, who, where, why. The five things which a lot of people ask.
- What is this blog about?
- When do you start writing it?
- Who in heaven’s are you?
- Where are you from and where are you going?
- Why do you persist in this exercise?
Then there this is the ever-popular H question.
How are you stories and posts generated?
Somehow, people think I must have answers for the pressing questions of the first 5. There must be some reason to continue to write this after the whole hoohaa has left blogging behind. Do I still read blogs? Who would I read and why? What do I model my blog content after? Why so much personal stuff and diatribes?
I do still read blogs but I prefer visiting the blog itself that I read. I read Jonas’ blog and I read Doc Searls blog and I read my friend Setuid’s blog. I read these people because I love their works. They each publish on different topics and catching up with them still is a passion. Perhaps every so often they read this clumsy attempt at a blog too. I don’t write this though to garner that appreciation and that’s why the content varies from Linux to Anthropology to Android to personal reflections. I write these things because these are the things I live or have lived. I’ve lived through a few things which have left their mark so the personal reflection or diatribe part of things is just as much a part of me as my stories of anthropology and archeology and how these things can relate to our technology, social and intellectual life, and culture. I have never surrendered being an anthropologist. I may only sit in a chair and do it but in the far flung past I did more. I walked those pathways and studied prehistoric cultures and came up with a few ideas. I still believe how people organized themselves and used their living spaces and by careful analysis we could derive answers to bigger questions.
So, the personal stuff combines with the android and Linux and anthropology into a cocktail of memories and places I have worked, vacationed. The travel category on the old blog had years of me visiting places. The new blog has seen me to go a few.
If you read this, I don’t really expect you to. I don’t do this for you or for any kind of “bump”. I don’t link to things because I think you can find them just as easily as I have fi you are so inclined.
Blogging as a Lifeway
There is a certain thing I have noticed with the passage of time. People will start a blog with the purest of intentions and with ideas of updating or writing or posting or chronicling their lives. Soon enough though these blogs are filled only with the original wordpress post and a few chance words. What works for a person to continue and what stops a person from creating is interesting. I remember seeing prehistoric rock art and some of the art seemed unfinished or incomplete. I’ve always thought these paintings were meant as a marker of some kind. Perhaps a fantasy marker or a life marker or a road or calendar marker. Perhaps some of the same reasons we write these things.
I’ve overall enjoyed the time spent writing. If I write personal stuff on occasion remember who pays the rent for this thing. I probably should update this post every so often to remind myself why I do this. Time gets by me and life changes at a pace which is hard sometimes to keep up with. Friends are off across international boundaries. I have felt that the blog often allows them to reach out across the miles and let me know they are okay. I still remember my friend the DaveR and his ending stories. Cancer claimed him way back when and I still miss his cutting edge humor and his gentle sledgehammer of a way of living. I have this rather fond memory of going to Gordon Biersch with him and drinking a beer. Give his blog a read and remember it started as an anonymous mile marker.
Its Thursday here. Make it a good day.