My sister sent me this picture, I’m not going to take any credit for it. She called this the best selfie ever. My brother-in-law is driving this train. He has maybe the coolest job ever, testing trains. He came around the bend, saw the mirror, and took the shot. I’m thinking about buying him an engineer cap for Christmas.
My friend MRS recently wrote a post about her voice. Not her singing voice, although I’m sure it’s lovely. Her voice as a writer. I thought it was a really good idea, and I’m the kinda guy who loves making lists to help organize the brain. So I thought I would try to make a list for myself and my readers to sort out just what is going on in my blog, my brain, and my life.
The Problem (aka Alien Blues)
I immediately ran into a problem. What is this blog about? (Ok, so I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, that I don’t like blogging about blogs.) What is my voice? I really have no idea. Most blogs are about something, and people seem to like to choose a topic. All of the advice on how to run a blog will tell you to choose a topic instead of writing random posts. Even in my own mind, if I wrote to gain readers and to get popular I would pick a niche topic and write about it. The narrower the topic the better, like Space alien musicians that play at blues bars in Seattle. That blog would gain readers.
What I want
That’s not what I want. I do this as an outlet – something that I can pour myself into. This is more of a journal. An interactive journal. I needed something to tie everything in my life together in a neat little package. When someone says “who are you?” I can answer, “go to Matthew Alan Bennett dot com and you’ll get a better picture.”
This is a place to post my thoughts, my art, my music, my magic, my writing. If I think of something funny or smart, my first reaction is often to write a post. I don’t do Facebook, I don’t do Twitter. I do WordPress.
I think my voice comes through – I think that people can get an idea of who I am based on what is here in this blog. And the more you dig (I’ve heard), the more you learn. I think everyone is like that though. If people keep writing down their thoughts for years and you look through them, no matter who is doing the writing you’ll see intelligent thoughts and stupid ones, you’ll see beautiful coherence and blatant contradiction. When people are honest with themselves, that’s what they will end up with. There’s no way around it.
A Catalog of Experiencing Life
I’ve always wondered how to categorize a life. Can you write down the essence of a human being? My answer is no. You just can’t do it. We are too complex, too emotional, too action oriented. I might not be able to categorize my life, but I can try. And I can try hard.
This website has done something different than I thought it would. It has inspired me to move forward. The simple fact that I am posting, and people are reading, gives me the inspiration to keep trying new things. And in the end, I guess that’s what this is all about. That is my voice. I am writing about my taste-testing of life. Experiencing what it has to offer. I write about trying new things and getting better at old things. So you will see some good paintings and some bad ones. And hear some good songs and some bad ones. Because it’s not about impressing people, it’s about doing something, anything, every day to experience life as I want to experience it.
6 thoughts on “The best selfie ever – Selfie analysis.”
It’s certainly one selfie out of the box! Wow! You should be able to get him a range of Casey Jones hats, surely, you miserable bastard?! 😉
We share exactly the same philosophy about our blogs, Matt: I couldn’t possibly have put it better than you just did. The more I dig, the more I learn. And the learnin’ is easy … Fish are jumpin, and the cotton is high …
Ahem. Excuse me. I just burst into song there. You should be happy about that.
Thanks! I appreciate the comment – a lot! And…I just burst into song, too. Dammit!!!
Also, I’m a cheap bastard, but not a miserable one!
Second blog I’ve read today that blogged about blogging and did their blog have a point, should they be more focused, should you find a niche. I’ll tell you what I told them. I really hope my blog never asks me those questions! My blog is me and my life and neither one of those are orderly or a niche! 🙂 Keep on experiencing!
Sometimes after too much coffee and late night working, my blog does start asking me questions. But it’s never about life, and it’s never about the blog. It asks questions like, “how loudly could you play the guitar right now without waking up your wife?” My blog is a dangerous influence on my life. Thanks for the comment, Kate. I will keep experiencing, and writing on it. You too!
What Kate said. (Goodonyer, Kate).
That is a post that won its originator a Freshly Pressed, and yet it is nowhere as good as yours on this topic. I am deeply disappointed in WP.
I started to answer, but I just turned it into my newest blog post! For my next trick…