The discovery of the art of blogging has been accidental, amongst my efforts in the development of ambisonia.
The discovery is simply that blogging is an art. It is a medium in itself.
Its kinda like writing a diary, but the diary is public. Writing something publicly creates an exciting challenge that I have blogged about before. It creates the challenge of sincerity versus security.
If I could just quote myself:
The ego blocks sincerity and it is sincerity that creates a voice. Being sincere (as an artist) is extremely difficult, because it exposes, and to be exposed is to be vulnerable.
Since blogging is an art, it follows that it is difficult to blog sincerely. But sincerity is truth (or something like that) … and I am drawn to truth. I’d give my right arm to be able to wax sincerity. I believe it would be one of the most liberating of freedoms.
That’s why I’m a big fan of Johnny Cash. There’s an engaging sincerity about his work. Check out the below song, “Hurt”.
Funny thing about “Hurt” is that it was written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Johnny Cash is actually just covering it… but he still manages to bring a sincerity to it that hints that he has ‘lived’ those emotions. Check out the original … it an entirely different aesthetic:
Its a demonstration that the aesthetic is secondary to the art. Although the video in Nine Inch Nails’ performance of it is gripping, Johnny Cash’s version is almost more raw.
To me, the master of blogging is Dave Winer. I was extremely interested to read his “Three examples of great blogging” post … now from some weeks back. The three qualities that his 3 sample posts have are:
Point 3 is the one I’d like to thrash out. It takes a lot of courage to speak sincerely. It takes perception to see a truth, but it takes courage to speak it.
I think that having the courage to communicate a truth that you have perceived is what being an artist is about. Its a 2 pronged thing … you have to be able to see that truth … and then you have to be able to communicate it.