Part of what I want to do with the blog this time around is to further explore my depression and the reasons for it. Not to dwell on it but to acknowledge it in the hope that gaining a true understanding may help release me.
In doing so, I hope it also helps the wider conversation and, perhaps, encourages others to speak out or, at least, admit to themselves they might have a problem.
Assuming that the list of those we follow will remain relevant over time is incredibly naive and will invariably lead to an unsatisfactory experience.
My mind is already racing with the possibilities of what I could write or do with my next obsession but this spark is tempered by the knowledge that, in six months or a year, it could have burnt out, exhausted. I face it with a good dose of trepidation but know I’ll dive in all the same, consumed by a passion, blinkered to almost all else.
Ideas are the seeds we plant; some may fall on stony ground but the lucky few find the fertile soils of curious minds just as our minds become incubators for the seeds of others.
As these ideas grow so we take cuttings and offshoots, replant them and let them develop in new, interesting ways. Sometimes they will seem the same but there will be nuance. They may share language or tread the same ground but there will always be variance, just as different cuttings from the same plant will adapt to conditions in a new environment.
I think that what is lost is the storytelling that is associated with the slideshows. Now we just seem to presume other people know where we have been or what we are up to.
The more I think about it the more I feel we need a shift to the personal side of the equation, the side where we know people and they genuinely matter to each other.
It is amazing that, in real time, we can speak to someone on the other side of the world in any number of ways but this globalisation has come at the expense of “local” on both interpersonal and societal levels.
Right and true are formed by consensus – some will align with me, others with John, but when true consensus cannot be achieved we are left with opinion.
That’s fine, we seek opinions to educate ourselves and to gain affirmation of our own, but when we blindly reject those that don’t provide that affirmation we tread a slippery slope.
Bringing my processes in house and then POSSEing has actually made me a lot more mindful
- A. of what I share
- B. the notes, quotes and tags associated with this
It has also led to a lot more internal linking. I think that this practice is a continuation of what I started with my Wikity and curated newsletter. I think that the challenge is to continually “apply what you learn“. In the end, I wonder if an element of blogging is located in the present. As Clive Thompson suggests:
Having an audience can clarify thinking. It’s easy to win an argument inside your head. But when you face a real audience, you have to be truly convincing.(wired)