Its been about a year since I started blogging and more than a month since I wrote my last post. This is a good time to take a fresh look at my blogging experience. I started blogging out of a desire to “do something about the state of the world”. Since that sounds too close to some of the very things I detest, I should explain. I believed (and still do) that much of what is wrong with the world is a result of a few fundamental ideas. That people in general are good, but the fundamental ideas they hold are bad. Long ago, as a child with no explicitly formulated philosophy, I had realized that what went on under the name of politics was a farce. That the particular policies or objectives that political parties (or their leaders) were attempting to achieve had no fundamental significance, that they did not affect me – and by extension, anyone else – in any significant way. While I did not then understand why this was so, I was convinced that politics – as it is practised today – was futile. When I first read Atlas Shrugged, I was shaken. Not by the ideas that Rand expressed, but by the fact that I had missed them all along. By means of a story in which I could clearly sympathise with the protagonists, I was led to reject almost all of the fundamental ideas generally held by people. By the time I started blogging, I was convinced that Rand’s ideas were right and that they explained a lot of what was wrong with the world. That understanding these ideas and applying them was the only meaningful way to do something about it. As such, I decided to write in a very deliberate and well-considered style, not commenting on day-to-day issues or events but on fundamental ideas underlying those events. That meant that I could not hope to be prolific. I set a target of about one post per week and until last month managed to write a little more often than that on average. In terms of the effect, however, I am less than satisfied with the amount of traffic and comments that I have managed to draw. At a time when Rand’s ideas are being smeared much more regularly than they were before (atleast that is the impression I get), I do not think it is particularly effective to write merely on fundamentals, especially given the fact that traffic is directly linked to the regularity and the frequency of posts. Moreover, I am quite busy with work now and am finding it difficult to spend the time required to write well-considered posts. I think that combining substance – fundamental ideas – with context – how they apply to events in general – can be a more effective way to communicate, especially given the radical nature of the ideas I hold.
Therefore, starting with this post, I am going to employ a different style of writing. Instead of thinking about a particular topic I wish to write about for some considerable time and then expressing my ideas in as concise and logical a form as I can, I am going to start writing on whatever I think is worth writing and then “let my thoughts flow”. That is, I am not going to spend much time considering the structure or order of the ideas I express, other than to ensure that my writing is grammatical and not particularly incoherent. That is anyway the nature of the blogging medium and using a medium against its nature cannot be an effective thing to do. Whether blogging is a good way to express fundamental ideas at all is a valid question, but I wish to find that out for myself. The important thing at the moment is to ensure that Rand’s ideas are taken seriously instead of being dismissed without consideration and I think that the “flowing” style of writing posts can help. I look forward to writing much more often than I have so far and if that means less substance and more context and flow, so be it.
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