To blog or not to blog

I have considered this question for months now. This project began as a way to share photos with friends in Canada, but with the publication of Open Field, it became a place to put information about Canada and Canadian poets and art. In this sense it became–as my friend David Groff suggests–a place to praise and inform. A combination of things I can get behind.

But I’ve also found that it has become a distraction, a curious leak in my daily focus and practice–whether I post or not it takes up psychic space. And furthermore, I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the practice of instant publication. What does one expect when one blogs? Replies? Silence? The creation of a community? A soapbox? A journal online? Why put a journal online? Why disperse, instantly one’s thoughts? The practice of blogging is central to our times. Everyone from Rosie O’Donnell, to Hurricane watch, to bloggers for Bush, to Golf sales, to Viagra pills, commercial, political, reasonable and shamefully pornographic, blogs are everywhere. Having said that, I’m still not sure it’s a great development. And while I find the impulse fascinating, I’m not convinced I want to take part.

So, with the academic season upon us, this experiment will be winding down. I’m not sure when, but sometime in the next few weeks this blog, with the click of the delete button, will vanish. Instantly. The way it appeared.

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