The main question I repeatedly asked myself over the last few weeks, is why start a blog? In my quest to answer this question, I decided to run a quick Google search on the number of blogs on the internet.
To my surprise, I discovered that in 2018, there were over 500 million blogs on the internet. Media companies are struggling, and many blogs in the vein of what I am currently trying to do have closed shop. People today only want to read texts that are 140 characters long, served with the speed and shoddiness of a fast food restaurant, and most important, juicily sensational. As a would-be blogger, this realization wasn’t very comforting. Accordingly, it would deter any sensible person from starting one. Why buy an apartment in a building that is about to collapse anyway?
Over the years, I became an ardent reader of several intellectually stimulating websites like 3quarksdaily, Farnam Street, and Maria Popova’s Brainpickings. These sites and many more made me less stupid and influenced how I see the world. The idea to start this blog popped into my head during a conversation I had with a friend while we listened to a talk Tavi Gevinson gave at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Youtube. As a 30 something-year-old guy, I am embarrassed to write that I have long been an admirer of Tavi’s work, from her fashion blog to Rookie, her online magazine for teenage girls. Her writing was accessible, refreshing, honest, and funny; while I had neglected my inner child for adult company, she had actively nurtured hers. Now, I clearly see what fascinated me about her.
In all the years of passively consuming the creative outputs of these bloggers, it never occurred to me that, I too, always had the same curious instinct to follow my inclinations, create, curate, and share knowledge. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the keys to any form of creative self-expression is a keen awareness of one’s strengths. “One must have chaos in one to give birth to a dancing star,” wrote the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. This blog, therefore, is an ambitious attempt to birth a star, record my enthusiasms, coherentize my thoughts, connect with people, hone my powers of judgment and discrimination, scour the internet to find and share intellectually rigorous material, and maybe satiate my teenage longing of becoming a writer by posting original content.
Finally, if I humbly submit myself to this urge to create and exert myself towards an end that matter, I will probably have fewer regrets when I turn 90. I encourage readers to email me corrections, complaints or comments.