Thursday, April 20, 2006

Why do you blog?

I'm gonna make baby Meta Jesus cry this morning and do a little bit of navel gazing. I think it's important to stop every once in awhile from the daily insanity that can be found in the news and figure out why the heck we choose to write, research, comment, link and plot.

One of the coolest things that I think has transpired over the past year was the emergence of blogs by blogfriends that plays to their interests and passions. Katiebird over at Eat4Today is building a great resource of information and fellowship for people who are trying to wrestle with nutrition and health well-being. Deano consistently offers cool and exciting pieces at the Art Crit, allowing readers to share what type of inspiration is struck by viewing it; and not enough praise can be lavished by the amazing photography offered by olivia and Puget4. New blogs are sprouting up each day, such as Mundane Doesn't Describe It and Even Flow. I think it's great that we are able to mix our interests with our politics, because that is how we live our world.

Over the Easter weekend I spent time with my family at the ranch that we have been congregating for the past 25 years to celebrate and relax over the holiday. Every once in awhile a conversation would sprout up about immigration, the spread of war, or that kicker of all issues that affects everyone--gas prices. I'm lucky to have a family that is culturally Democratic, but at the same time there is a widespread belief that both parties are more concerned about money and corporate power than the everyday person™. Ironic how even the folks in the sleepy Copper Belt of Arizona can filter out the media blather and see the truth of our dire situation as a nation.

I realized the importance of my blogging when I had a conversation regarding immigration with an uncle of mine (he's actually my late grandfather's first-cousin, but I digress). He and his wife do alot of exploring and hiking and were disgusted at the trash and destruction happening in parts of Cochise County, where alot of human trafficking occurs everyday. I told them about Operation Gatekeeper and how that has forced the funneling of these people into remote areas, increasing the death toll exponentially, and how the current bills such as HR4437 up for debate will be an expansion of those policies of death.

He began the conversation ready to build the Great Wall of Arizona to ending it thinking about how our government has created a lot of this mess by ignoring the economic stabilization needed to slow the flow of labor. If you read commentary by leaders such as Ted Kennedy, you can see that he "gets it"; but unfortunately the propaganda has been pervasive and his words are shut out of a good chunk of Americans due to a burning fire of hatred fanned by the likes of Rush, Savage and the Faux News goons.

Anywho, I've done enough blathering this morning. Why do you blog?


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