Begin the Begin

May 29, 2020

I have a new blog and you’ve found it. Welcome! My first instinct was to start posting here without acknowledging why I’ve opened up a new online front. But at this point it feels irresponsible to dump more content into the digital slurry without explaining oneself, and besides, describing what I’m doing is the best way I know to trick myself into getting started–it feels like cheating but it works.

So, what is this? Last year, a friend recommended creating an alt account on Twitter in order to break free of some of the restrictions that an online persona imposes. Kind of like putting on a mask, which we all have to do now for completely different reasons. As I can barely manage one internet identity, much less two, I didn’t make an alt (as far as you know) but for a McLuhan disciple like myself, a new medium is nearly as good as a new identity.

That’s a long-winded way of saying that I don’t know what this blog is going to be about, and I don’t want to find out until I start posting. I send a weekly newsletter, as you’re probably aware, and writing that is as delightful as ever. But the newsletter is ~500 words a week and I want to keep it compact, rather than cramming more and more material into that channel. Here, I’m not a guest in your inbox and the tacit responsibility that accompanies that privilege doesn’t exist. We’re at my place and I can do whatever I want.

If you’re curious about the fate of my old Wordpress blog, which was active from 2012-2018, it’s still intact here. I plan to migrate it over to this site eventually.

Anyway, stay tuned.