by Brad Nelson 1/4/17
A few thoughts on this site and where we’re going.
First off, I received a considerable contribution yesterday that will help keep the site afloat. The costs here are about $25.00 per month for the hosting plus a couple hundred dollars (or so…I forget) in annual renewal fees for the domain and such. I won’t say who contributed unless they want me to. But it’s very nice to see some people get some skin in the game (multiple times, actually, for this contributor). We are truly a communal site. (But not Communist!) Communal is okay when it’s completely voluntary and of good purpose. Other than trying to provide a rational and thoughtful organizing influence, I hate stifling top-downism.
You’ve probably gotten that I’m trying to promote aging wine and not rotten fruit. I have just grown so tired of the shallowness of what passes for essays and commentary these days. The conservative blogosphere is awash in word salad, more than likely caused in part by word quotas. I’m of the mind to write when you have something to say and not before. But for-profit sites have other necessities. And one of the results is that article after article that I read typically seems to leave the gist of the subject to the fifth or sixth paragraph, if a clear point is ever made.
Perhaps human beings are ever only capable of baloney and engaging in small-minded human drama. But I’m done with it. I’d rather have a good book review than an article listing the transgressions of the Left (or Trump, for that matter). The world is full of wonders, infused by joy or pathos — often both — so find them and write about them. But leave the boring analysis to the regular daily drama writers. Shoot for aging your wine. Many of you have and I thank you for that. Onward and upward as we create a bubble of soft reason and vibrant creativity outside this bizarre culture.
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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