Portrait of the artist as a young doggerel: Scattered reflections of a first year blogger

When I started Colin Newton’s Idols and Realities at the beginning of the year, I’m not actually sure what I was doing any more. But maybe that was the point.

It can be refreshing to be one of the least knowledgeable people in the room just because it forces one, if one has the desire to do so, to learn a lot. And WordPress has definitely been a place where I’ve been one of the least knowledgeable people in the room. Lest that statement come off as some kind of pretentious back-door compliment, let me humble myself before the gods of blogging and admit that I have a great deal to learn about the art and craft of bloggery (want proof? One popular post is an article I wrote waaay back at the beginning, which was based on an obscure contemporary horror film; has never received any comments; and is consistently my most viewed article. Go figure).

And I do mean art and craft.

I have seen some interesting applications of WordPress–Wordpress as reflective diary, sure, and WordPress as review site and poetry depository, but WordPress as unusual news site and WordPress as speculative platform as well, applications which I was not expecting (which probably says as much about me as it does about WordPressing). And I have also seen some simply incredible pieces of writing–largely nonfiction, in my neck of the woods, but nonfiction as questing and musing, as well as nonfiction as extended metaphor and parable. It’s been a fascinating ride.

I am not composing this as a space to critique or consider the nature of blogging (although there is no summarization without interpretation, as my beloved English 2 professor used to say); neither is it a space to call attention to particular individuals (although hopefully they know who they are–I have always tried to be complimentary where I can); nor is it a place where I will make promises for the new year (no way in hell am I going to do that). But I will say that I’ll continue to breathe in the rich and varied atmosphere of the blogosphere in the new year (how’s that for art?); read you in 2016 (how’s that for craft?).

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