The struggle to find a “voice” – a balance between content/topics and form – continues, but I may have found a workable solution.
I’ve noticed a real problem with writing in this blog.
It isn’t that I don’t have any topics to write about; my “drafts” collection in this blog’s control panel has half-a-dozen articles on the go. It isn’t that I don’t know exactly what I want to say about those topics; I have the articles perfectly pictured in my head.
That’s the problem, they’re pictured.
When I explained why I blog, I said I’d also explain the “weird name” and why it changed from Memetic Selection to Memetic Syns — although blog names tend to be quirky and often admit no explanation other than writer whim.
I explained that that this blog is a forum for me to structure and articulate thought through explanation to a — possibly fictional — audience. The name reflects that, being a blend of two ideas.
The short answer is that I blog to explain the world to myself.
Having other people read my thoughts, comment on them, find them interesting and/or entertaining, discuss them with me, point out new implications that I hadn’t thought of on my own, present contrasting views, and correct my errors, are all possible, and quite welcome, benefits (possible because it isn’t really happening yet – and it may never happen) – but they aren’t the raison d’etre for the blog.
However, for the (very) long answer … Read the rest of this entry »