My Four Reasons For Starting A Blog…

11 Dec

1) To share ideas

Easy concept. Pete, Mohel, and I are gonna talk about stuff. Hopefully some of it will be of interest to you. In the near future, we may also offer the chance for you to use this forum to share your ideas as well. Get pumped.

2) To practice the art of writing

In the words of a great scholar, we talkin’ about practice. I’ve recently decided that writing—much like reading, cooking, and administering a Cold Carl—is a good thing to do frequently, both for the enjoyment and knowledge gained from the act itself and for the sake of honing an important skill. So, in a way, this is a self-improvement scheme. I can’t promise good writing any more than I can promise a good Cold Carl, but, from now on, I’ll be practicing both online (check out our live webcam for the latter).

3) To document my youth

I’ve never kept a diary or a journal.  I’ve never even owned my own camera. In fact, the entire photographic history of my life has been taken through someone else’s lens. This means that most photos of me from college (or at least those on Facebook) were captured at social gatherings and consequently feature me making some warped intoxicated screaming face.

Twenty years from now, is this how I will remember my college days? I’d like to believe my memory will serve me better than that. But memory, by its very nature, is a work of fiction (even if it’s based on a true story). What was my life like at 17? At 13? At 8? Or, hell, even yesterday? I think I remember. Sort of. But do I?

With all this in mind, as I approach the ancient age of 23, I’m saddened to think I have very few tangible, representative mementos from my life thus far. It is my hope that these blog entries will help to rectify that. My online ramblings will form a diary of sorts, not in the sense that I’ll vent my most intimate secrets and emotions (in fact, I plan to talk almost exclusively about Lolcats), but in that it will be a permanent log of what I was thinking about and how I thought at this stage of my life.

I eagerly await the day when I’m 70-something and this post—this digital imprint of my brain’s workings at 3:27 pm on Saturday, December 11, 2010—is still floating around on the internet, when I can sit back in my nursing home chair and read this black-and-white, Times-New-Roman proof that I was indeed once 22 years old, living in Brooklyn, and very excited to be starting a blog.

4) To hang out

College was the best. That was some fun-ass shit. Now look at us. Vitamin C would be ashamed.

Less than six months ago, Pete, Mohel, and I were hanging out almost every day, living in a utopia where only an e-mail and five minutes of walking stood between us and a jovial cafeteria rendezvous. With our mouths half stuffed with fried meat and over-easy eggs, we’d gamely discuss our thoughts on Avatar vs. Hurt Locker, on Thousand Island vs. Russian, on Lady Gaga’s psyche, on Faye Reagan’s upbringing, on the rampant bastardization of the word “literally,” on the mainstreamification of “indie,” and, when I wasn’t there, on obscure basketball players with phonetically humorous names.

Oh, and for two years, we also talked about making a blog.

Until now, this idea had about as much chance of coming into fruition as did my goal of achieving meme fame as a freestyle rapper (which, by the way, I haven’t fully abandoned). Until now, our best attempt contained only two posts. But maybe, until now, we just didn’t have a good enough reason. Now that we’ve graduated and found ourselves distanced, no longer free to readily partake in that joyous banter and pontification—no longer free to hang out at a moment’s notice—we miss those fried-food gatherings. And so it is now that we’ve finally decided to do it, for real: We’re starting The Blog. We’ve taken to the interwebs to reunite. Here at The Humble Rumble, we’ve forged a virtual cafeteria table, around which we can once again gather as friends, embrace each other’s company, and (with plenty of hyperlinks!) proudly shoot the shit.

But there’s room at this table for everyone. So go ahead, pull up a chair. Grab a caloric breakfast sandwich. And join us.

We miss hanging out with you, too.

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One Response to “My Four Reasons For Starting A Blog…”

  1. Baums December 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    I remember 6 of these 7 discussions. Avatar wins.

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