Sunday, 27 October 2013

The amateur bloggers surrealist rulebook (Prologue, part 2/2)

  This is not a story. Enjoy the narrative.

  Depending on the intent of the author, blogs can be a strange thing.  The primary purpose of this blog will be to provide myself with a dumping ground/showcase for short and micro fiction, maybe some haiku or poetry if I feel the urge to write some.  I've been writing fiction on and off for around fifteen years, and it's high time I put myself out there a little.  Haiku and poetry are mediums in which I've often dabbled, but rarely committed myself to, and the idea of experimenting and posting some excites me.

  This is not a diary, but things do happen.

  So, fiction and poetry.  But there'll be a third element to this particular place, one I initially intended to avoid, one that is prevalent throughout the blogging universe.  I'm referring to the kind of self-referential rambling posts that tend to ooze narrow minded selfishness in which opinion is often presented as fact, and where the mundane has the stickers of excitement pasted all over it like so many flyers.  These posts tend to be labelled 'essays', or if the authors self esteem leaves something to be desired, they are sometimes jokingly labelled 'rants'.
  Now, I more than understand the compulsion to smear yourself and your thoughts all over your own personal little square of the net. I get it.  You're the one who understands, right?  No one gets it but you, and it's up to you to educate all the rest.  You're important, perhaps more so than the rest, and you'll prove as much by shoving your thoughts and broad theories down everybody's throats.  You'll make them understand just who you are.

  This is not a journey.  Enjoy the trip.

  I want to do that, too.  I wish I could.  But I lack both the broad universal knowledge required to do so, and the arrogance to believe I can.
  I do, however, possess something.  That's why I decided to write this blog, and it's why this blogs introduction has a secondary segment.
  The point I'm attempting to make is that the rambling essays' I've condemned here will play a part as far as the content of Abstract Footstep goes.  My intention however is to make them more focused in form, and didactic in nature.  Anyone who's ever heard me rant while on good form may testify to my ability to simultaneously inform and entertain - both myself and the sometimes spittle riddled recipient.

  The content of Abstract Footstep will be Art.  It will also be the art of communication.  I believe there to be great value in that.

  I'm not writing this for you. I'm writing this for me.  Gather round anyway.

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