Really? Again?

Some of you may have found your way to this blog earlier this year. At that time, my intention was to use the blog to share all of the junk from my childhood that I've had packed away for the past few decades -- but I quickly found that I wasn't happy with the direction the blog was headed. I found myself pushing ideas to the side that didn't exactly fit the "retro pop-culture" theme I had established and I felt like I had pigeon-holed the blog into a single category from which I couldn't deviate.

So I wiped the slate clean and for the past several weeks have considered eliminating this blog altogether. Between the responsibilities of everyday life and the handful of websites I am already committed to maintaining, I was leaning towards calling this one quits.

But that urge is still there. That urge to share. That urge to display the junk that clutters my basement as well as the thoughts and ideas that clutter my mind.

Self-serving and narcissistic? Absolutely. Therapeutic? Indeed.

My wife thinks that I'm a junk collector and that I place too much importance on pop culture -- both past and present. I think Rob and Dick hit it on the head in the movie High Fidelity:
Dick: It looks as if you're reorganizing your records. What is this? Chronological?
Rob: No.
Dick: Not alphabetical.
Rob: Nope.
Dick: What?
Rob: Autobiographical.
Dick: No f-cking way.
Rob: Yep. I can tell you how I got from Deep Purple to Howlin' Wolf in just twenty-five moves. And, if I want to find the song "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, I have to remember that I bought it for someone in the fall of 1983 pile but didn't give it to them for personal reasons.
Dick: That sounds...
Rob: Comforting.
Dick: Yes.
So let's go at this again. Still a lot about the junk I've held on to from yester-year...but this time with less structure and a more open forum for anything and everything else that I feel like sharing.


Shawn Robare said...

Don't know if you need the encouragement, but I know how you feel. Picking a concept/theme for a project like this seems essential, the only way to keep it from becoming a totally random endeavor, but it really does feel limiting at times. Blogging is such a weird thing anyway, and it's so easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you "have to write" for whatever audience you manage to attract when really most of us start writing for ourselves. Sure, it's in the name of sharing, but it's about about talking/writing about the things we dig whether people are reading or not...

TL said...

Shawn -- The last line of your comment sums it up perfectly.

Well said.