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Nothing to Say

I just feel like writing. I don’t really have any idea where it will end up but I feel as though I’ve been cheating everyone who reads this site over the last week or so. It’s amazing how much responsibility I feel to write here. It’s not a bad responsibility, but I feel like I’ve started something and owe everyone who’s jumped on board to continue it. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy it, because I most certainly do. Just commenting on how this little page has changed the way I think about things. I know I’ve talked about this before, but it’s amazing how I read things differently now. Anything I read, or see, can be fodder and must be analyzed as such. It’s most certainly made me a more observant person, which is an interesting side effect that I didn’t see coming. I also think it’s made me a better writer, though I may not be the best person to judge that.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this because I haven’t had much to say over the last few days. Not that it’s a big deal, but I kind of feel some pressure to be “insightful.” (Whether I’m ever actually insightful is up to you, not me.) But what do you do when there’s nothing to be insightful about. I mean, sure, there’s lots of stuff out there to talk about, but I just don’t know what to say. (Take Google’s announcement of a nofollow tag, for example, which I find incredibly interesting, but John Battelle says lots of what I was thinking.) This is not a big problem, but as a public voice, I’m almost left feeling naked without something to say. I’m sure most of you who actually read this haven’t thought twice about the lack of updates (maybe you have?), but it’s kind of bothered me. This site doesn’t exist for me to be insightful, it exists as a place to keep track of thoughts and should they be insights, all the better.

I guess there’s no real point to any of this, just felt like writing something. I’ve also been under the weather all week, which has put me in an odd mood. What can I say?

Well . . . this gave me a good laugh this morning. Animated penguins are funny.

There’s my insight.

PS – For those who care, should have the redeesign done by this weekend. If you want to help me out with a critique or just want a sneak peek, drop me an email.

January 21, 2005