A series of strange events involving a copyright troll prompted me to do a forced cleanup of my blog this year. As angry as I can sometimes appear from behind the keyboard, I am actually more of a “glass is half full” type of human. The lockup/cleanup of my personal blog has allowed me to start looking back at the years to relive some pretty amazing things I’ve experienced. The database holding my posts contains a showcase of my thirties, and now, forties since I started blogging when I was 29
By venturing down the nostalgic road laid out by my ancient Internet ramblings, I began to see that there were patterns and I was somehow always talking about food, travel, or “geek” culture on the regular. This set the tone for what the bulk of my blog’s content was and what I could focus on while reconstructing it. Retrospect had granted me clarity.
As human beings get older, we need to subject our brains to “exercise” by forcing creative thought. That’s why people do crosswords and sudoku and things like that. Blogging is something I wanted to make sure could help be a part of that mental therapy. So I began finding the fragments of my online life narrative and starting posting/reposting about Man v. Food and anime and concerts and, well, stuff.
I’ll occasionally delve into the seriousness of the world around me, but that is the exception and not the rule.
Recently, though, we are living in exceptional times. Pandemic problems seized the world and now we’re in the midst of a historical uprising for civil rights. Black Lives Matter has pushed its way to the forefront of the conversation thanks to everyone finally saying that enough is enough.
So my mornings now consist of:
- What ignorant or passively racist things have older family members posted on social media today that I just can’t ignore anymore?
- Should I blog about giant burritos and Japanese cartoons again yet?
The answer to #1 is: you don’t want to know. It is, however, an almost daily thing and is becoming mentally exhausting.
The answer to #2 is: no. Hence my blog title.
Blogging about blogging is still blogging, though, right?
In any case, we’re living through history right now and there are so many other conversations to be had at this moment. Have them. Confront ignorance. Educate yourself. Change your opinion based on facts.
Systemic racism is real. Black Lives Matter.
We’re in the midst of history, folks. Please be on the right part of that conversation.
ADDED NOTE: The photo in this post is from my small hometown of Vero Beach, Florida. The mural used to carry the tone deaf “ALL LIVES MATTER” statement until it was randomly corrected late one night about a week ago. Since this photo was taken, I’ve seen a peaceful protest take place there, and then someone tried to paint over it, and then someone RE-painted “BLACK” over it again. It’s like watching a conversation happen through symbolism and spray paint in realtime.