I’m discovering that writing a blog can be interesting sometimes. You see, unlike other people who write I tend to follow the site subtitle. I’ve usually got several topics floating around in my head over the days between when I write a post. When one of those ideas is mature enough I sit down to write it. I carefully craft the first paragraph and start adding content to it. Seven paragraphs later the post looks nothing like what I intended, covers ground that I hadn’t thought of before and is not one of the several ideas that I’ve been thinking about.
This morning someone sent me yet another Xmas greeting which triggered a post that I’ve been thinking about for a few days. I wanted to talk about Christmas and what it means to me. I wanted to discuss how I find "Xmas" offensive and why. So, I sat down to write that post. When I write, I set the title first to sort of define a "mission statement" for the post. It helps keep me on topic. Ok, it did one time and I keep hoping for a repeat performance. Today I started with a topic of "Merry Xmas". I quickly decided that the core of what I wanted to talk about revolved around tradition so I changed the title to "Family Tradition". That got me to thinking about the Hank Williams Jr. song, "It’s a Family Tradition" so off I go to find a video of that song to include with the post. After about an hour of watching music videos I decided that the song, while it has a catchy title, is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to share. This threw a curve into my thinking and I had to reevaluate what, exactly, "family tradition" really is which caused me to realize that the song actually conveys EXACTLY what I intended… Hank Williams Jr invokes that kind of thought? Good Lord.
In the end, I cheated and wrote a blog post about writing a blog post which has nothing to do with Christmas OR Tradition… how the…
(the ^H part of the title is an old geek joke. In the early days of computing accidentally hitting the delete key in the wrong place would generate a ^H character in your text. This lead to people inserting ^H characters to be funny so you might have a string that looked like this, "That’s a stupid^H^H^H^H^H^H new way to look at things".)