“Stumbling through” seems an appropriate start to this endeavor. See, I’m one of those people who can never be entirely happy delving into any one subject too deeply, so I spend no shortage of time in what I’d call stumble mode – learning the basics, getting my feet wet, getting myself just to the point where I start to feel competent. Then it’s time to shift my focus to another interest and start stumbling all over again.
As for “the Shadows” – that’s a deeper topic. The fiction I write tends to deal with the darker side of the world, and so too does most of what I read. There’s something wonderfully cathartic about dark fiction – a release of emotions that otherwise might never see the…er…light of day. My spiritual work also leans toward the darker side of the house – I just feel very much at home communing with the dead.
So what’s this all about? Why a blog in an era where attention spans grow ever shorter? It comes down this – I can’t always say everything that’s on my mind in a FB post, and certainly not in a tweet. I need a place where I can express longer ideas. If somebody else reads them, great! If not, I still have them out in the world.
As I mentioned in the first paragraph, my interests are pretty wide. I could be writing about people I know, or people I’ve never met. I could be discussing the finer whiskies that have entered my life, or possibly my esoteric tastes in music. There might be topics in neo-Paganism or Heathenry, or I might be sharing construction tips for a kick-ass cabinet. Some days, things might get political. On others, there might be recipes. Or pictures of my cats. Because, after all, I have at least some idea of what generates real traffic.