I’m Glad I Voted Last Week

I’m Glad I Voted Last Week

It’s going to be a hectic week here at the Webster household.

Leslie brought Gavin here from Tacoma and I’m babysitting for the entire week. It’s amazing how hard it is to keep a 2 1/2 year old occupied. So far today we’ve played outside twice, played with Brio building blocks, stamped half the household with blue footballs and red megaphones, washed the same area twice, watched Monsters Inc, though grandpa napped a couple times in the middle, and fixed breakfast and lunch.

Our trip to the zoo was delayed because Gavin wasn’t interested at the moment. We’re taking him shopping with us tonight to ensure that we have some food in the house that he will be willing to eat.

I’ve already cast my ballot, so I don’t need anymore phone callls from the Sierra Club, the democratic party, or other candidates, thank you.

If you still aren’t convinced that you need to bother voting, here’s an article in the Sacramento Bee on the effect of political races on an upcoming wilderness bill and Raye has been doing a good job at By Sand and Sea the last few days of offering other reasons why it’s important to vote.

But, you’ve already voted too, haven’t you?

Why I Blog, Redux

Generally, I blog for myself. Writing my ideas down forces me to look at my life and my ideas more carefully than I would by simply randomly running them through my head. Good writing is good thinking, and writing helps me to expose fuzzy thoughts. If I can’t write my ideas down clearly, I know I haven’t really thought them out.

Writing regularly also brings new ideas up, ideas I would never have thought of if I hadn’t written the day before. The more I write the easier it is for me to write and to think of new ideas to write about. Writing also inspires me to read more because reading introduces new ideas or forces me to rethink old ideas.

I also like to think, as Whitman suggests in “Song of Myself” that”every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” If I learn something from my experiences, I hope it might be valuable to someone besides me. I have learned much about myself from reading others’ poems and stories; I hope that others can also learn something from my experiences and my writing.

I like to think of blogging as something more than just writing a journal. I like to think i’m part of a writing community. The bloggers I read and link to may all be writing about something quite different, but we use each other for inspiration and motivation to continue on our journey of self-discovery.

Having others read my attempts to come to terms with my life, motivates me to write on a regular basis. Feeling an obligation to my readers, no matter how small that group might be, also helps me to write regularly.

Of course having an audience also affects what I write in this journal, for better or for worse. When I write this blog I am aware that I have an audience and that affects what I write. For months I resisted letting those closest to me know that I was writing a blog simply because when I know that certain people are part of my audience I am less likely to write about some things. For instance, I would have liked to include some poems from a book entitled Japanese Death Poems before my recent operation, but I didn’t because I was worried that close family members might take that to mean I was somehow giving up on life.

On the other hand, knowing that others are reading this also inspires me to write the best that I can and not to accept rough drafts too quickly. Though I don’t really consider any of these entries finished works, they are considerably more finished than they might have been if I were only going to stuff them in a filing cabinet for later reference.

Did I forget to mention that I’m a lover of books, a believer in books and a believer in their power to transform lives? I’m a shameless pusher of books, particularly poetry books, for me the highest form of literature. Books not only help to reveal who we are; they help us to transcend who we were.

The Official Housewarming

I spent most of the day sprucing up In a Dark Time, indexing the names of poets and books I’ve reviewed in the past year. (No, they’re not the result of Brad Choaste’s MySQL plug-in, that’ll have to wait a little while until I learn MySQL basic and a little more about MT’s language, but it’s serviceable and will work for the next month or so.)

After that I sent out emails to all those sites who have linked to me but haven’t updated their links yet. But a real loud THANK YOU to all those sites who have already updated the links. It’s not that I didn’t want to email you and thank you personally, but I’m a little burned out with all the minor details involved in moving. It’s almost, but not quite, as bad as a real move.

There are several things that I still want to do to the site, particularly with graphics, but if I let that stop me I would never have a site up. As I upgraded old "Blogger" entries from the original site I was amazed at how little I understood HTML when I began. I finally just dropped all the entries into BBEdit, stripped out all the code and plugged the entries back into Adobe GoLive and recoded them.

I still have to look over all the entries one more time to make sure that I wasn’t pasting them in twice, as I did with William Carlos Williams and check to see that some entries weren’t lost in converting to MySQL. I know for sure that one recent entry was deleted in the conversion because I vaguely remember the comments that were entered. It will take awhile to find all of them, but if you find an error be sure to point it out to me, I’m not proud.

I still have to find a way to bring over my essay on "Why I blog" because I’m amazed how often it gets linked to. I also feel obliged to somehow notify some colleges that have linked to particular essays as welll as other literary sites I’ve been keeping track of .

For now, though, I’m done and I’m looking forward to getting back on track writing literary entries for awhile instead of upgrading my site.