In one of my comment threads yesterday, Colorado Bob talked a little bit about how he thinks of his blog. This is, of course, a question we all consider often, and much has been said about it. I will not attempt to link to, or to summarize, the ongoing discussions of this matter.
My anniversary is coming up, however, and I have considered re-posting and perhaps reflecting upon my very first posts to celebrate the date. For now, though, I will only note that I am much more sure now than I was then of what I am doing, both in this space and elsewhere.
People blog for all sorts of reasons. My most assiduous readers will know that this blog was established so that I could recover my voice. I thought it might work, but I did not realize how well it would. It is a space of play, but with parameters, and that is why I like it, as I like my art studio. I am noticing its good effects today, as I revise an article that was difficult to work on during my voiceless period.
When I was voiceless, writing was hard to navigate. I had surrendered my rudder to reeducation, so that although the words, my playmates, still swirled and surged around me, I found no way to sail through them. In the weblog, with no constraints except those I choose, I learned to work with words again – not only the words I write in secret, or those which will appear only in semi-public forums like these, but all words. I have not felt as tranquil, or as energized, in some time. Aum shantih shantih shantih.