It began with a change of venue, from HostGator to PeoplesHost. After nearly a decade, it was time for a fresh start. Rather than blow away the old blog, I decided to start with a new one. This gave me the opportunity to experiment with a fresh look, fresh content, fresh thoughts, and a fresh perspective. It tickled my funnybone to carry on the accidental tradition of naming it for the year of its birth. It’s All a Matter of Perspective began its life at http://jahangiri.us/2013, but that was meant to be a temporary home. It turned out to be harder to rename an established blog than I thought it would be. In a mash-up of laziness and exhaustion, I left it alone and the name stuck. This time, http://jahangiri.us/2017 is a deliberate homage to its predecessor, and we’ll just let newcomers wonder, in six months, where the other three years are hiding.
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In A Puppy, Not a Guppy, I explored the consequences, both positive and negative, of the names and labels we put on others. Parents rightfully spend a lot of time considering baby names; children learn the pain and joy of nicknames endowed upon them by bullies and friends, relatives and teachers. The names we give are a reflection of our own attitudes – our own perspective on the people and things we name. A blog is no different.
I’ve never understood why there are so many blogs named with some variant of “Random Thoughts.” A quick Google search:
random thoughts blog
yields a mind-numbing 8,810,000 results. Some of them live down to their name: random thoughts, blurted out to a blasé Internet with another 67 billion things vying for their attention. The only reason anyone wants to read a blogger’s “random thoughts” is because they love that blogger and haven’t the heart not to. It takes a strong opening sentence to capture and hold a reader’s attention with a blog name like “Random Thoughts,” but I know some of these bloggers – a number of them are neither random nor dull. They just need a fresh start and a catchier blog name.
I liked “It’s All a Matter of Perspective,” but since I’ve chosen not to demolish it and salvage its parts, I can’t have it for the title of this blog. A fresh start with “A Fresh Perspective” is what I’m working towards, in more ways than one. Committing to the name, I hope to commit to the goal of focusing on the people that merit attention, and on the things that are within my sphere of control and influence, like creative originality, a positive attitude, and general well-being.
I need to print the Slow Blogging Manifesto and keep it close when I turn on the PC, to reinforce my resolve. Facebooking is the antithesis of slow-blogging. The blog is home. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – they’re like the corner bar, the coffee shop, the bakery. But the blog is home, for a writer.
I’m keeping the tagline: “99.3% truth, .7% blatant lies. In between lies my perspective on life.” I like to set expectations – to play fair. William Faulkner wrote:
“The poets are wrong of course […] But then poets are almost always wrong about facts. That’s because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth: which is why the truth they speak is so true that even those who hate poets by simple and natural instinct are exalted and terrified by it.” (The Town, 1957)
Lord, let me be a poet. Even when I’m just being a blogger.