This site, by design, is my personal blog, which is fine for what it is, but it hardly encourages disciplined writing. With that in mind I’ve started a new blog on the side, focusing on a single writing project, that will be written to higher standards. That’s the plan, at least.
It is called Margin, my term for a concept that is in some respects “obvious”, but one I intend to explore in more detail. From the “about page”:
Margin is a formalized way of saying that people are not perfect and can not operate at maximum capacity at all times. Call it breathing space, headroom, margin of error, literary ambiguity, or just plain Slack: the idea extends to all our works and activities, whether physical, emotional or intellectual, whether corporate, cultural, or personal. This blog is dedicated to exploring this concept as deeply as possible, with examples from fiction, ideology, and the real world.
I’ve created it as a WordPress blog, using the free service offered by the people who make the software this site uses (which is also free). It’s easy to use and powerful, but what I really appreciate about it is that it works well for both structured and unstructured writing. For example, the MPC1000 pages you see in the sidebar on the right have been placed into a hierarchy, but these blog posts are ordered only by date. (The Categories do not really provide any order, they are more like a filtering or tagging facility.)
It’s not going to be as academic or full-of-itself as it might sound from all that: it will still be a blog. Had I been an adult in the year I was born I might have been a hippy, pontificating about the meaning of life with a flower in one hand and a tambourine in the other. Where one generation used LSD, another Marijuana, another Absinthe, what is my drug, today? Coffee, I suppose. That, and the expansive possibilities for research and creativity opened up by the Internet. Hardly new or unique: the challenge is to be different, to write something that people will want to read in the first place. That takes time, effort, and discipline. Oh my.