Saturday, April 26, 2008

Soulful vs. Smart Ass


Another motivation for this blog was to find a voice with which to write about food and cookbooks, subjects about which I am actually very thoughtful and earnest. But I worry that I am becoming a SMART ASS instead, going for the cheap booze joke over trenchant analysis.

Why do I do this, and what is the solution?

1. The easiest way to avoid boring readers to death is to keep things short and funny.

2. Of course, there are other ways -- like writing long, soulful, and brilliant.
3. But I don't have time.

4. Or maybe I do have time, but am terrified I might prove incapable of writing long, soulful, and brilliant.

5. That is a depressing thought, and we're getting closer to the truth.

6. Of course, I'm also lazy.

7. Another "joke" to keep from appearing to take myself, and this project, seriously.

8. Perhaps being a SMART ASS isn't even a problem. I've been writing this blog for what, six days, and maybe I should just let it develop organically?

9. What readers?

10. It is time to go to spin class.


4 comments:

  1. Ah, Bartleby. Ah, Humanity.

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  2. I would never have picked the writer of this blog for a spinner. interesting!

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  3. Oh I love this post. funny thing is it's the post where you're worrying about your voice being to smart ass, and it is written sort of smart ass, but it's about a soulful as they come.

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  4. I just found your blog and decided to start from the beginning, but wondered now that you're four years into it, what is your readership? More than the three we see here, I'm sure. So you must have found your voice, and a voice that speaks to many.

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