Welcome to my newest attempt at blogging. Over the years I’ve seen more than a few blogs come and go, most abandoned within a few posts of starting them. I’m lazy, I’m not disciplined, and I can always find something better to do with my life.
Lately I’ve been watching the way the internet is growing around me. Through the Pendragon Variety podcast I’ve watched networks form, inspiration bloom, and wannabes become writers. Watching the internet social networking scene expand, from myspace, to facebook, and now sites like twitter, I’ve stubbornly resisted it. Though I did let facebook sneak in unexpectedly, (in my defense, at the time it was the only way to meet people on college campuses) I remained a rebel. All the negative press, the dislike of the net spreading our lives out for all to see, the irritation every time I heard the words, “I’ve GOT to tweet this!” it really got under my skin. I don’t like writing letters. I don’t like writing blogs. I don’t like updating my status, and I don’t want to tweet. I could give up months of that kind of contact for just one day face to face with a friend. Talking, joking, and sharing our lives the old fashioned way. The way that can’t be misinterpreted or shuffled to the bottom of the ‘recent news’ pile. Our stories are one thing, but I firmly believe that our lives shouldn’t ever end up in the internet’s ‘slush pile’ to be sorted through for editor’s picks.
That said… The thing that drives me the craziest about ‘japanthink’, as I call it, is the stubborn refusal to change. “That’s the way it’s always been.” They say, and I want to shake them until they learn to stop recording things on cassette tapes.
So maybe I need to move on to MP3s.
I want to be a writer, and I want to be a professional, and I want to do it in a time when job security is an international joke. Maybe it’s time to learn to use the new tools that are at my disposal.
This blog has several purposes. It’s not going to be the story of my life. It’s not going to be my adventures in Japan. Might that show up? Sure, maybe. It’s going to be my inspiration. It’s going to be my monthly encouragement to write, and pursue my dreams. It’s going to be the place I share the essays I write for work, and trumpet my little triumphs to the world. It’s going to be my coffee lounge, my writing closet, and my platform. If I want anyone in the world to know my name someday… first I have to tell someone what it is.
So here I go. Into the unknown, hoping third…fifth… maybe sixth time is the charm.
But I make no promises about the tweeting.