01(01): Blogogenesis

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In the early days of digital self-expression, initiating a personal blog on ‘blogspot.com’ was a prevalent trend. Much like the Greek gods who dined on ambrosia, the youth of that era relished the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences with the world. Over a decade later, the landscape has shifted, and active bloggers have become a rarity among my contemporaries.

Individuals create and maintain blogs for various reasons, such as engaging in online commerce or utilising the platform as a means of catharsis, hoping to find resonance among empathetic readers.

Socrates, in Plato’s Apology, posited that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” In numerous developed societies, individuals navigate their daily lives without introspection. This phenomenon could be attributed to an overwhelming focus on personal challenges, such as financial obligations and interpersonal relationships, thereby neglecting self-reflection. This issue merits our contemplation.

Throughout my personal journey, journaling has been a sporadic activity, akin to the waxing and waning of the moon. This inconsistent pattern parallels the annual ritual of declaring New Year resolutions, a fleeting commitment that often lacks perseverance. In my youth, my documentation of life’s events was equally scarce, leaving my memories enveloped in a metaphorical fog. Nonetheless, with renewed vigour, I embark on this digital journaling endeavour.

The impetus for this blog’s inception can be traced to an encounter with an erudite individual, a fervent advocate for the written word who laments the contemporary scarcity of such a form of expression. I could go on and on about the benefits of writing, but I believe that deserves its own post.

Anyway, this blog shall serve as a repository of my thoughts and personal experiences. The Sisyphean task of recounting lengthy narratives to diverse audiences can be mitigated by directing them to relevant blog posts, ensuring the transmission of accurate information. This written medium, unmarred by the potential distortions of oral communication, minimises the scope for misinterpretation and confusion resulting from divergent retellings. The blog post stands as a definitive testament to my narrative.

In sum, this digital chronicle shall provide a valuable resource for those seeking insight into my perspectives, or for those simply desirous of a deeper understanding of my persona. I invite you, dear reader, to partake in this intellectual journey as we explore the intricate depths of thought and experience. Stay tuned!

17 January 2019

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