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04 October 2005 — At a Loss for Words (9)

I'm experiencing one of those periods of life during which I haven't much to say.

Things are good. I'm generally content. I go from day to day in a comfortable routine. I'm not getting out of the house much. I'm not making photographs. I'm not outraged at the military-industrial complex. I'm simply happy to while away my hours reading books and chatting with friends.

This sort of life doesn't make for good weblog entries.

And so I am quiet.

Too, I've been contemplating a massive restructuring of this weblog. For the past three-and-a-half years, it has been built around a single long daily entry. This has its advantages and its disadvantages.

But what if I moved to a more conventional weblog style? What if I instead concentrated on posting shorter entries more often? I would still have the option of creating long, rambling entries about my childhood, but at the same time I'd be able to dash off snippets from daily life. It'd be easier to justify a post relating a single funny conversation, or a quick book review, or a series of links to interesting web sites. Most importantly, I think the shorter blocks of text would allow me to be more ruthless in self-editing.

It's a tough decision, one I've been wrestling with for several weeks.


The Monday Night Football gang has only met twice so far this season, but I've enjoyed both gatherings. In recent years, I've spent most Monday Night Football evenings playing with the kids, partly because I liked it, and partly to give the parents a break. The kids are old enough to play by themselves now, which means that once again I'm able to sit around and chat with old friends. (Remember: these are people with whom I've been close for twenty years.)

Two weeks ago, I spent the evening talking with Steve about his childhood in Kenya. Last night, I sat with the women and listened to them talk about friends and kids and food.

The group met at Roger and Kristin's house. Kristin's sister, Karen, joined us. Karen was a good friend in high school, but I've had little contact with her for the past fifteen years. (To be honest, I had a horrible crush on Karen when I was a teenager. Of course, I had a crush on all the girls then.) It was wonderful to chat with her again, and to hear her laugh.

I look forward to more conversations throughout the rest of the season: Canadian Thanksgiving next week at Jeff and Steph's house, our first trip to Mike and Wendy's on the following week, on through Ham Feast on the last week of the season.

Friends are good.

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2002Weather Watcher   The coming of autumn, like the arrival of spring, causes me to become more aware of the weather.

Comments
On 04 October 2005 (08:03 AM), J.D. said:

I've also considered seeking additional authors. What if Kris wrote an occasional entry? Or Dave? Or Amy Jo? What if I wrote most of the content, but other people posted from time-to-time? I think that would be fun, but I don't know if anyone would be interesting in participating...


On 04 October 2005 (08:18 AM), Tiffany said:

I might want to participate. I do not think I would write often enough for my own blog.


On 04 October 2005 (09:38 AM), Tammy said:

I have no plan for my blog. I just ramble about whatevers going on in my life. I have just joined mind and media which involves blogging for books. If I preview the book on my site I get that book for free. This includes movies too. My first shipment is on its way. This means I will be doing more book reviews than I've done in the past which is a good thing. It adds a bit of brainpower to my otherwise brainless posts.

What happened to Deneice? Is she no longer blogging? I know you closed it because of spam but did she move her blog somewhere else? Since I've moved to blogger a year ago I have only had two spam comments. It's a welcome relief. I do miss some of the features offered by moveable type though. Oh well it's a trade off I guess.


On 04 October 2005 (12:26 PM), Amy Jo said:

It might be interesting to come up with a subject and ask a handful of folks to write brief, mabye two to three paragraphs on the topic, and post all of the reponses at the same time. It would be interesting to see how different folks approach the same topic . . .


On 04 October 2005 (01:36 PM), Dave said:

Although that sounds suspiciously like a creative writing class exercise, it would have it's amusing aspects. At the same time, however, depending on who you ask to do it, some may have more or less success with sticking to a limit of 2-3 paragraphs.

Signed, Dave the congenitally long winded, at least when writing or talking, because, after all, I get paid by the minute and therefore..., well, you get the picture.


On 04 October 2005 (06:49 PM), John said:

J.D.:
> What if Kris wrote an occasional entry? Or Dave?
> Or Amy Jo? What if I wrote most of the content,
> but other people posted from time-to-time?

Amy Jo:
> It might be interesting to come up with a subject
> and ask a handful of folks to write brief, mabye
> two to three paragraphs on the topic, and post
> all of the reponses at the same time.

I like both of these ideas... but I'm new and my opinion probably isn't worth spit. :)

John


On 04 October 2005 (09:04 PM), Scott II said:

Like being guest host on the Tonight Show. Count me in as a future contributer.


On 05 October 2005 (08:24 AM), J.D. said:

I like Amy Jo's idea. Perhaps we'll try that once a month. Meanwhile, I'm willing to take guest submissions. What this means is that if you ever feel the urge to write a weblog entry and want a forum, this is the place. Feel free to send me whatever it is you'd like to share, and I'll post it with full attribution to the appropriate author.

Maybe Scott has written something about what it's like to return to his house after Hurricane Katrina. Maybe Amy Jo has written something on a new restaurant. Maybe Dave has written an Anti-Bush rant. Maybe Nick wants to share something about ancient coins. Maybe John can tell us what it's like to be in a band.

Whatever the case, if you write it, I will post it.


On 05 October 2005 (10:24 PM), Tony said:

I think that a fungus should write a entry into your weblog!


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