Ok. 2020 has started and my writing output is lacking so far this year. Starting right now a small amount of time every morning and every evening will be devoted to the fine arts of writing epic prose or at least the creation of semi-muddled stream of consciousness driven prose. Was that last part a pivot against expectations? Potentially, that is why that fork in the road was put down on the page. Instead of thinking that way it would probably have been better to just accept that everyday things will keep getting better as the craft of writing is practiced one post at a time. That is where my head is at right now in this moment. For the most part during my writing journey the things that get put together as part of a weblog post are published almost immediately and very rarely edited after the fact. These posts are pretty much — what you see — is what you get expression of creativity in the moment published just after creation.
Writing has to be a part of my daily routine. Sometimes the plan breaks down and that does not happen. Overcoming that obstacle is an important part of making sure that writing is a continuous part of your daily routine. Writers write. That is what they do and how they do it. One of the more consistent themes in this weblog is writing about writing. Just the process of typing and writing for a bit is the very thing that breaks down blocking factors and helps the words flow like the second cup of coffee for the day. That first cup never really flows the same way. Maybe it will never get the same amount of fanfare, because it is simply not going to be met with the same amount of enthusiasm. That is essentially what happens when you start writing about writing. You end up going until something worthy of enthusiasm shows up.
Tomorrow might be the day that my new Google Pixelbook Go ships. Denver snow is happening right now and probably will continue for the next couple of days. Weather might interfere with the delivery. Either way it works out; now is the time to get back to really writing a ton of words every day. Earlier this year, I figured out how to print my entire weblog and save the content as a stand alone document. Printing that many pages was interesting. Part of what made it so interesting was how much of my writing content did not get printed. The vast majority of things that have been written were not posted online. Every day I tend to open a word document and engage in the process of writing something. Each day that happens and those documents are generally stored by year. Online right now my document archive goes back to 2002.
A few documents probably exist from before 2002, but getting to them would probably be problematic. Anything that was stored on zip drive is probably gone forever. A few of my compact disc archives exist from around that time period. Most of that content was of questionable quality to begin with when it was written. From what I can tell the first real round of writing in a style that was published online happened around September 23, 2002. From what I can tell that is about the time I started to really dig into philosophical questions. It also happens to be the year I spent the most time writing novels and short stories. At the time my writing had zero inhibitions. No self censorship happened at all during the course of writing.
One of the things I did notice is that organization used to be a lot more central to how content was presented. Over the last ten years posts have just been entered and they are pretty much stored based on the order they were produced. Some rough categories exist, but for the most part it is just an ongoing narrative with no real organization. Maybe that is ok for now, but at some point things are going to need to tighten up a little bit. The sheer volume of content is unwieldy and difficult to consume. That could simply be a reflection of the fact that it was never really meant to be consumed. Next year I’m seriously considering taking another run at writing a million words and publishing them online. That pretty much means dedicating the time each day to produce 2,740 words per day or 1,000,000 words divided by 365. This little aside so far is just a five hundred word entry. That would fall short of the minimum daily contribution.
My Pandora internet radio service played a video add for me and gave me an hour of uninterrupted content this evening. That was nice and the Kansas CIty Chiefs are playing in the big Sunday night football matchup this week. Both of those things should help me produce more words, but they really are not helping all that much. This ASUS Chromebook Flip C101P has seen better days. Right now the keyboard is missing five keys. They broke some time ago and did not need to be replaced. Fortunately they are not keys that are commonly used.
Two shots of espresso happened this morning without much fanfare. Outside it is snowing like the winter season is now in full swing. Temperatures outside dropped about 40 degrees between last night and this morning. Something about that just seems jarring. I was going to have an “and” after the word “jarring” in the last sentence, but celebrating that point was unnecessary. Things are getting going and that writing thing is starting to happen. Now is the time for great waves of productivity. We are staring at so much change that just keeping up requires way more focus and dedication than ever before.
My thoughts have been really focused on where all the attention is today. People are writing and trying to explain the world. If you take a step back and think about the totality of knowledge we have collected sometimes explained as all the publications accepted by the academic world, then it might become apparent that the pace of change has outpaced our ability to consume it. Right now out in the world out attention is super dispersed nothing really is capable of catching the entire public mind. That is a problem in the macro sense of how we consume knowledge and work together as a society to get things done. In the very micro sense of just a specific field of academic inquiry it is getting harder and harder to consume all publications. That is essentially the problem facing us as we move forward. If you cannot curate the knowledge being built in an academic discipline, then how do we curate the greater stream of knowledge to help people keep pace with change.
That being said. It is really important to absorb that argument. Dilution is occurring as the pace of present knowledge creation increases. I’m willing to accept that argument. A consequence of that argument is that civil society as a whole has become more fragmented as our understanding separates from our shared foundation of knowledge. We used to have a reasonable shared understanding that was used to describe the public mind and how we relate to each other. That shared understanding in my humble view is breaking down at an increasingly problematic pace. Perhaps this argument deserves a better presentation or something more than what has been provided. I’ll try to do better later. Maybe that is the crux of the problem we are facing.
We can only absorb and actively work with so much knowledge. Sometimes I seriously wonder about what choices people make about what knowledge to absorb.