Whatever it is, I ain't got it.
However! I still read a number of blogs written by some amazing writers, folks who do have experiences and the skill to craft amazing mental pictures, tug at heart-strings, and occasionally make you pee your pants.
I hadn't realized that, perhaps, blogging is on the verge of becoming a flash in the pan, another medium corpse on the path of digital communication, since I've always thought it, basically, just people writing public journals (something that has gone on for quite a while, I gather). But a blogger I read, Chad Love at "Mallard of Discontent", posted a melancholy piece on a recent trip to Vegas, and in so doing, mentioned that a number of other media seem to be taking over.
So, to do my part to help keep the medium alive (for the three or four of you who actually read this), here is a short list of some well-crafted blogs:
--Of course, the aforementioned Mallard of Discontent. Chad Love always writes as if he is apologetically trying to capture the glory (or bemoan the loss) of the profound and nuanced outdoor writing of the early- to mid-20th Century, but what he really is doing is very clearly and articulately representing the kind of profound and nuanced outdoor writing that continues to exist, nearly timelessly, because he and a few other great writers continue to write.
--My 2nd longest-distance online friend, Tom Gowans, at Hippo on the Lawn, who writes about his life in Angola. Amazing, funny, sad, and a bit on the bleeding edge of life.
--Phillip Loughlin's Hog Blog. You may be cool, but you'll never be Carolinian GQ-published hunting guide who writes his own great blog about hunting feral pigs. Seriously, don't let the title fool you, Phillip Loughlin can write.
Steven Bodio's Querencia. I know more people are aware of his history and authorship than I am; I know that he writes a fascinating blog of snippets about dogs and dog breeding (from a wonderful angle), hunting and fishing, bird-watching, anthropology and the natural sciences, falconry, and intellectualism.
If you've got blogs of the style and quality you see from these gentlemen, please let me know.
On the business-side of things around here, I continue to work on my brother in-law's belt. The biggest -- and most nerve-wracking -- part is next: cutting the pattern I've designed into the belt. Yes, aside from the panic that grips me for hours on end as I try to actually design the art work, it's almost the entire job...
|Thanks to Dave for the snail inspiration. More on the meaning later...|