Yes, I think its time to transition out of LJ land (I say that like I've posted anything here in the last six months) and onto something new. I might double post here for a while, just because I know people still see this and might be more apt to comment, but go and check things out over at http://leffjakin.wordpress.com|
Though it seems kind of cliche to start a new blog with some sort of statement of purpose, I really did have to sit and think about my writing, both public and private, in trying to figure out why I felt the need to start something new. There's certainly no shortage of ways out there for me to express myself. To give a quick overview:
- LJ: Currently near defunct. An artifact of the college years, generally a place for personal introspection in the public sphere. Experience has now shown that no matter how mindful of audience you are, this is generally not a great idea.
- Music Blog: Dead as a doornail. I did love sharing my taste in music with the world for a while, but trying to keep saying something original on a regular basis about just one topic didn't hold up so well over time.
- Tumblr: I guess the present equivalent to the music blog, in the "hey, look at this" sense... the pop culture minutae junkie in me is hooked.
- Twitter: The fad's been an interesting lesson in economy of language for me as a chronic rambler, and quick witticisms on the run can be a lot more interesting than I would have thought.
- Private Journal: Though I now know the personal thought-writing is best left to the pen and paper, I've never been great with consistency. In retrospect, I do appreciate the periods I've kept a record for, however.
- Random scribblings/imaginary sitcom pilots: Done to stave off boredom at work, its beecome an interesting form of retroblogging, fictionally retelling life stories of the last eight or so years as if they had characters and plot arcs... yeah, I'm serious.
So with all that, what could be missing? Since leaving college, there's been a lack of analysis. Be it politics or pop-culture or the mundane details of life, I miss taking real time to upack ideas, draw connections, and make commentary-- thinking about what makes an album particularly tied to some time in my life, or what it was about a current event that got me riled up. Sometimes, its as much for my own enlightenment as anyone else's, though I also miss the feedback and back and forth discussion that hopefully follows from good writing.
Hence this space. A real live grown-up blog, if such a thing can be said to exist. A place for long-form commentary in an 140-character world. In that sense, I suppose the title I chose for being a favorite lyrical snippet from Wilco is kind of fitting:
"Candy left over from Halloween
A unified theory of everything
Love left over from lovers leaving
Books, they all know they're not worth reading
It's not for the season"
(That song, by the way, was an extra track from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot called "Not For the Season," which later showed up on a Tweedy side project with the far more inexplicable name "Laminated Cat"... go figure)
So, that's it... it'll be a little sentimental, a little self-indulgent, and probably a little pretentious, but more than anything trying to tie together people, events, emotions, and ideas in a way that makes the world around us seem a little more interesting.
Stick around. It should be fun.