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[blockquote]We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of of all of exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot[/blockquote]
I use that Eliot quote often. It holds true for me. I seem forever to be exploring, seeking, maybe looking for something that can’t be found, like Jephraim Tallow chasing the golden barge. The truth is there is no golden barge. Whatever is happening is happening right here, right now, in this moment. If you spend too much time chasing golden barges, you could miss what has been right in front of you all the time.
As you may know, I have been trying to define my Internet sandbox. I have been doing a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, thinking about the angles, probably thinking too much about the angles and forgetting the reason why I blog, which is to share what I am seeing, hearing, reading, discovering in my day to day life. I’m also a writer, and blogging is a forum that allows me to write. I have had to think about that as well, why do I write? It turns out, that I write for the same reason I blog, which is to share my experiences with others. It is that simple.
I have been a blogger since 2004, granted, and inconsistent one, but enough of a blogger to have amassed over 1,000 blog posts, not to include any of the short-form blogging I do on the social web circuit.
And now I have arrived back where I started – blogging.
I have imported all of my posts from chew the bottom of my shoe and from my claytonlowe.com blog. It is all here now, under one roof, so to speak. I also stumbled upon a cool new web app called RebelMouse, which allows you to build a page that aggregates all of your social media posts into one spot and create a dynamic homepage to your existing blog. This is a brilliant idea because if your social media is done right, you are telling stories with those posts.
So this is me, putting my stake in the ground, and declaring myself a lifestyle blogger or life logger. There. Done. Settled. Sorted. Just in time for the New Year, and the infamous New Year’s Resolution where we make all sorts of promises.
On another note…
I saw the second instalment of the Hobbit last night. Fantastic movie. I particularly liked the darker side of Legolas and the beautiful Tauriel, another hot elf chick. Gandalf, of course, still remains my favourite character in the The Lord of Rings and Hobbit franchises. He is the archetypical magician, seeker of knowledge, constant traveller, cool storyteller, and when push comes to shove, a good fighter as well, all of which I aspire to be.
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Sneak Peek [HD]
2. Best 10 Gandalf Quotes- Part 1