One of the things I like most about this thing we call Blogging is number 2 on Patry Francis’ list. And she ranks up there at the top of my amazing people list. Patry published this list back around Thanksgiving in Twenty O’Six. I stumbled across it again today as I was looking through some old posts in a blogger blog I set up privately just to archive this sort of article. It spoke to me just as loudly on rereading as it did when I first read it (and reread it and reread it…)
1. You will know yourself more deeply than you ever did before. No matter how old you are, or how much time you spent on your analyst’s couch, blogging will teach you something about yourself that you never knew. And it will do so on a daily basis.
2. You will meet amazing people who live in wonderful places; and you will grow hungry for travel. You will want to see faces, and hear voices,and sit across tables. But even if you never do, you will see and hear and know these people in a particularly meaningful way anyway.
3. You will try new things. You may find yourself writing poetry in previously unknown forms, or make collages, entering contests, or hosting festivals. You may even go outside and conduct science experiments in your back yard.
4. You will be challenged by people who don’t agree with you.
Do I know myself better now than I did when I started? I doubt I’ve done more than scratch the surface in knowing me. I have watched the subjects I am passionate about grow and change over the past few years. I have rediscovered some of the youthful ideology that went away in the years I scrambled to support a family and get them raised (or not as the case may be).
But the amazing people I have met (virtually) along the way…That’s what keeps me going on with these meandering thoughts in electronic ink…Not a journal. I never could develop the habit. I own untold numbers of beautifully covered blank books…Mostly still blank. But set me down at this computer and sometimes the words flow out with a life of their own…Sometimes not.
New Things? Twitter Poetry lasted a few weeks…Blank verse in exactly 140 characters…Life changing…Not by itself, but, I took the shot and I may again.
And so it goes…If you haven’t met Patry yet wander over to Simply Wait and get acquainted. I’ll personally guarantee you’ll be glad you did…I know I have been.
Oh, and for the record…The ice cream quote….
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just to enjoy your ice-cream while it’s on your plate. – Thornton Wilder