This is me, as it happens.
I never came to like “Starbucked.” But I grew very fond of its writer. Most books about social and business phenomena give the reader something to think about. This book gave the author something to think about. Reading “Starbucked” produced an odd reversal of roles and left me, at least, feeling less like a student of the subject than a teacher. Not that I mean to instruct Clark. But I experienced the pleasure a teacher must feel when he watches a kid with promise outgrowing the vagaries and muddles of immaturity (and the jitters of too many coffee-fueled all-nighters) and coming into his own as a young man of learning, reason and sense.
P. J. O’Rourke in this weekend’s New York Times.
It might seem weird, but that is exactly what I am trying to do with this blog.
I think it’s better that way. It is much more honest. The perspective of looking back after the fact gives us all these opportunities to make excuses or embellish or omit. Instead, I’m wrestling with them out loud and trying to weave them into a narrative. This is me, as it happens.
That’s what gives blogs such as these such appeal. There is greater honesty and more chances for the readers to relate.
I hate it when I visit a blog I’ve never read before and there is no introductory paragraph (e.g. My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole…), or something similar to tell me what the blog is actually about. (See: several of the Rudius sites). When that happens, the site usually fails to grab my attention and I forget it and move on. That’s what happened when I first saw this site; it wasn’t until friends recommended it to me that I gave it a chance and started reading.
This post is great because it sums up perfectly just what this blog is for. This would make a great introductory paragraph to the whole site.