Taylor pooh-poohs the notion that blogging is nonsense. And aaaa-men to that!
Pistolette is thinking of going for more of a shiny happy blog, leaving the heavier topics for another.
Perhaps I’ll contribute opinion pieces to another blog, or start a new one, but I DO know that I don’t want to discuss politics or social issues here anymore. There is something disharmonious about having a whimsical cooking post backed up to a long rant about the mayor or city council. It just doesn’t feel right to me. So Pistolette will stick to personal and lifestyle posts. As I’ve mentioned many times, part of staying happy and sane in a place like Nola requires you to simultaneously face and tackle the destruction and corruption around you while remembering why you’re doing it – the good things – that familiar home culture of people, food, history, imagery, fests, family, architecture - a cocktail of physical and emotional beauty not found anywhere else. Too much of the good stuff and you’re in denial, too much of the bad stuff and you’re wallowing. You need to keep that balance going, and it’s not always easy. Yet another mental fee to pay if you want the privilege, not the right, to live here. So I’ll do both, but I’ll do them separately so I, and anyone else, can go to whichever we’re in the mood for at that particular moment.
I personally go back and forth on this.
Some days, I wonder if I should have stuck strictly to countless musings on the little guy, or the past, present, and future of New Orleans' educational landscape, or loads of book reviews, or about life as a Southern Jew (which reminds me...I need to dig up my "I Am A Southern Jewish Experience" T-shirt), or depression...you know, keep things compartmentalized.
The problem for me is twofold, however:
- I am a lazy freaking bum. For me to start on another website at this point and maintain it much as this one has been maintained, I'd have to have some sort of figurative sword of Damocles over my head, like, say, a paycheck, or some issue that absolutely BEGS that I maintain something separate from my personal musings and interests. It's enough that I occasionally contribute to a certain other forum for blogging NOLAns from time to time for right now. But that may change in the future. I just don't know.
- Perhaps it's 'cause there aren't many people standing up and waiting in line to castigate me for anything I express concerning current events (or, if there are, they are lurking or they just haven't found me here), or I just don't have that much of a sense of filtration concerning topics I'm interested in, but I don't quite feel the need to stop doing what I'm doing.
The heat-packing mama can certainly do what she likes, and I wish her well on that. Her blogs, her rules.
However, I think it is more jarring to split these parts of her interests in two. Pistolette, lady, don't let a bunch of commenters dissuade you from exploring the dark side from time to time in your own virtual house. The local (loco?) blogosphere needs more of what you've got.
Just my two cents.
I do think we need to go do this with Maitri sometime soon, though.