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So Long, Fare Well, blogging is fun but I’m done for a while


Hi everyone, I hope you enjoyed the holidays immensely. I imagine you noticed…I have not been writing so much recently. I returned from Cuba in early December and have been incredibly busy getting back into the whole Oregon thing. CrissCrossHatch was my first experience in blogging, and I’m really glad I tried it out. Here are a few observations and suggestions about the experience.

  • It was fun. If you like writing, try blogging. Don’t wait. Wordpress can be ever so slightly more difficult to manage if you decide to use your own host (i had an account with nearlyfreespeech.net instead of using wordpress.com), but it is worth it. There are tons of resources for wordpress, you can do really neat things with the widgets, and learning the technical aspects of crafting a blog was almost as fun as writing.
  • It was better for me than it was for you. If I were keeping a professional blog, sticking to a single topic, I might provide a lot of useful information for a specific niche of people. Instead I chose to write about whatever I felt like. I had a bitchen time, even though I didn’t attract as many readers as I might have with a topic oriented blog. In the future, I will probably keep a professional blog, or come back to this one and narrow its scope a little, but writing a scatter-brained collection of posts while in Cuba was pretty awesome.
  • You don’t know what you’ve got, until you loose it. I took blogging pretty seriously (like everything else), seeing myself as part of the new “citizen journalism” movement. Little did I know, it would take creating my own blog for me to begin taking other bloggers seriously. I wanted to learn what makes a good blog, and in the process, I frequented enough blogs to gain a much more critical perspective on traditional news media. Take politics for example. I began reading some openly biased commentary on the Huff post, and soon found out that the same ideas are usually presented as “the buzz” on NBC, about 2-4 days later (FOX news never does bother to mention what most left of right-wing bloggers are saying). Some design bloggers like a list apart are even more innovative than the political riffraff. I think I really did need this plunge into blogging in order to realize how committed/constrained I was by the traditional ways that information is published.

I hope that insight proves useful for some of you. In any case, the main purpose of this post is to let everyone know (formally) that there will be no more posts for a while. I will keep the site up, and I intend to blog again someday. In the mean time, thanks for tuning in.

CrissCrossHatch: Playing the Name Game

I had quite a time trying to find the right name for this site. Most likely this is because I have a hard time describing to people what I “do,” or what I “am like.” In person it’s easy enough to call myself student, or activist, or scientist – usually whatever I think they will be interested in. As I get closer to people over time they tend to be thrilled, or at least flabbergasted to find that I venture outside the realm they know.

Shedding my shy past means I will need to get get over taking it slow and getting to know people in stages (at least to some extent). I’m getting over being shy – I don’t have as much time to enjoy being awkward these days – but trying to play the name game produces problems. What happens then when the people who know me only as a scientist read a raving post about the rhetoric of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other great orators, or those who know me as a student read a post about undertaking a high tech social enterprise? Do not think I am a liar or even prone to fibbing, please.

I am a fan of the adage eat like a bird, shit like an elephant. I like to gather information as if my survival depended on appeasing a voracious info metabolism (thank you, Wikipedia, for helping). I also like to share that information, like an elephant. That said, I think knowing a lot of things is pretty overstated. I do my best to forget details – the urban planner in my cerebrum is strict about preempting sprawl.

My interests lie where these paths collide. Technology and activism, religion and science, normal people and improbable events, athletics and music and conformity, daily life and ideas that won’t die, and journeying incessantly while trying to keep living the same damn life are a few of the places where my passions intersect. That’s where life gets really interesting.

My posts will be mostly about this or that, some specific thing or another. There are a lot of distinct, parallel lines in my life. I hope the site as a whole will bring to light the crosshatch, where the crisses cross.


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