Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.

Friday, January 09, 2004  

Life Imitates Monty Python Department: The Mudville Gazette notes some striking similarities between some participants in an anti-Bush demonstration and the People's Front of Judea. (Or is that the Judean People's Front?)

If Will Rogers ("All I know is what I read in the papers.") were alive today, he'd have no end of material to work with.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:06 AM

Not The Unexamined Life Department: One of the things I've few thinking abut related to this blog is the time I've spent on it and the amount I've written. I started looking at my archives and it came to me: by spending just a few minutes every day for the past year writing, I've generated enough words to fill a reasonably sized book. However, rather than a work that zeros in on a single topic, I have several thousand words about scattered topics in a blog that very few people read. So has this blog been the best use of my time, energy and creativity?

And if I were to begin writing a book, what would I write about?

And then I start the negative self-talk: ''Do you really think you have what it takes to write a book that anyone in the world would be interested in reading? Who are you trying to kid?" (I do have a couple of ideas: a book examining some of the characteristics of wisdom as revealed in Proverbs, and a retelling a Old Testament story in the mode of Fred Buechner or Real Live Preacher. And then that little voice starts in again: "You think you could write something like that as good as Buechner or that RLP guy? Hah!")

All of which brings me to this blog. Seems like every blogger I've been reading for the past year or so eventually gets to a point where they start evaluating what their blog is about, and why they write it. Some decide to quit blogging. Some keep doing what they're doing. Some reinvent their blog.

And it seems like it's my turn. I would welcome any thoughts from anyone who's been here already.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 8:49 AM
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