To Blog or Not to Blog
Of late, fortune's arrows have me chasing a much coveted turn of events. And so I flit, and flutter, and swoop and swoosh. I am creating something in the material world - and it is a heavy task, yet sweet. And fraught with care and concern. This work doesn't leave much time for blogging.
Sky is wide and I am not sure where I will land. I am on a long flight; I know the coordinates of my landing, but not the destination.
Last week, while driving to one campus at which I work, I chased an illusive rainbow. It was a double rainbow at that, and each time the curve in the freeway brought me closer to its two arcs, another curve would take the rainbows further away.
The sky is not a solid blue, nor is it empty. It is restraining in its seeming infinity - but we should never be deceived - there is a limit. And I have beat my wings against one outer limit, only to swoop and turn and wing my way toward other sectors of space and time.
Earlier this week, I flew off to the Pacific Northwest. Coming home, I again saw a rainbow. This time I was above it.
The material world has beckoned in substantial ways, so I have neglected my blog, neglected the cyberspace community which I have felt so strongly in the past year. This world seems less compelling these days, in comparison with the flesh and blood needs of those around me - and of myself. And yet, this world is familiar, has a pulse, and bloggers for whom I care.
When I started blogging, I had two questions I wanted to answer:
Can one build community in cyberspace?
And if so, what does it mean - what is the nature and quality of that community?
I have answered the first question with a definite "yes."
I have not yet answered the second to my satisfaction.
Can you answer it?