Of the three blogs I maintain I find this one the hardest to post in. The advertising blog is easy. I’ve got piles of these damn things all over so it’s literally as simple as sifting through a pile of magazines or papers and finding one that seems amusing. Easy enough. The photography blog is easy too for similar reasons. They’re easy because they’re specific and well-defined. This blog is just random “whatever” and I’ve been resisting posts that don’t really have a theme which means that there’s an inherent contradiction between this blogs intent and what I’m trying to post in it. So in the spirit of following my gut and posting what comes naturally, I bring you random thoughts for the 22nd of January in 2012. (BTW, I’m pretty damn proud of myself that I managed to put 2012 in the subject line rather than putting 2011 as I have for so long. Please hold your applause.)
To begin the random rot for today, I moved this blog from Blogspot a few months ago and one thing I’ve noticed is that the blogs on WordPress are head and shoulders above their blogger counterparts. While they are busily and vacuously talking about their day-to-day lives, you guys are creating real and substantial art. I spend a lot of time surfing around WordPress so it seems only fitting that with each post on The Tattered Thread that I highlight one of the other great blogs I’ve seen during the day.
Today’s featured “Blog that’s a Hell of a Lot Better than Mine” is Rebecca Latson Photography. Not only does she take astonishingly good photos, but she also has published a couple of books and writes fairly substantially on the topic of photography to help novices improve their work. Check out her three posts on the unofficial and totally optional rules of photography here, here and here. She’s on my subscription list and she should be on yours too.
Slipping into the random, I’m in a bit of a quandary. Starting in 2003 I started writing in a totally different blog. In the months since I switched to WordPress, I’ve been slowly cannibalizing this other blog but there are a LOT of posts that just don’t… well, just don’t fit. On one hand, I want to meticulously reedit and refine every post on the old site and reuse it here. On the other, I want to just mindlessly import it and nuke the previous site. If I do that though, I feel as if it’s a huge waste since absolutely NOBODY goes back in any blog more than a half dozen posts. So it’s like I’d be moving boxes from an old house and putting them immediately into the cellar of a new house, never to be seen again. To me, this writing is incredibly important. It’s a decade of my innermost thoughts for the love of god! As I look back, I can see posts that I wrote where I can’t help but think that I was just a small-minded jerk. If I look at the tag ‘religion’ I can see with great clarity the point at which one of my co-workers said about 200 words that completely changed my view of Christianity. I remember the post I wrote when a co-worker gave me a Bible (NASB) to read. All that history and that’s JUST the part related to religion. Perhaps I need to stop complaining and instead look at this as a HUGE asset waiting to be tapped.
Continuing with the random, I set myself the goal of 5,000 photos in 2012 and 100 books finished. As of this writing, I’m 173 photos behind the pace and 2 books behind. The photos I can certainly catch up on since… well, it is winter in the Midwest, so that’s not particularly inspiring for a nature photographer. I’ve finished four books (which will get their own blog post at the end of the month) but I have pondered at some point whether this purely numerical goal will backfire in some way. The first four books of the year have been fairly high quality. I ploughed through the monstrous “1952 Omnibus of Science Fiction”, zipped through “Nickel and Dimed”, yawned my way through “A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad” and was massively entertained by “Half-Broke Horses”. This is all fairly good stuff but would I be better served to finally just suck it up and finish “Islam: The Straight Path” that I started SO long ago and have summarized with such assiduity. So the question of the day seems to be: is it better to spend a month reading a stack of random books on 10 different topics or spend an entire month reading one book in intimate and painstaking depth?