Talkin’ ’bout my generation

9 12 2010

My blog-friend Mo at the Daily Snark has nabbed something which has been bothering, and eluding, me for a while:

I wonder if my focus is too broad. Or not broad enough. I’ve actually thought about abandoning this blog and maybe starting over. At one point I thought about starting a blog about dogs. I’ve even considered ditching blogging altogether. Which, truth be told, I don’t really want to do. . . . It’s been frustrating because I feel like I have to force myself into a niche but I don’t want this space to feel forced or contrived. I don’t want to make up a niche or a topic. I don’t want to be like some of the bloggers who are so entrenched in their niche that they can’t break free from it even though we know and they know they should have a long time ago. I like the freedom to write about anything and everything.

Yes: I want both focus and freedom.

When I started this blog, I had the idea of addressing philosophical and political matters in an accessible manner—intellectual journalism rather than academic scholarship, if you will. But I couldn’t keep my own self out of this blog, and the skew has turned much more personal than political.

I’m not terribly comfortable with that mix; however, I don’t think it’s a bad thing that I’m not terribly comfortable with that mix. I don’t think life is just one thing, and if I want, in my own uncertain way to ask about the meanings of life, well, things are going to be a bit of a mess.

And, as I commented to Mo, perhaps we should reject the niche in favor of the anti-niche:

We’re in the same generation—post-boomer, Gen-X—what I used to call the Un-Generation because, unlike the boomers, there seemed to be so little to tie us all together.

So why not go with that? This is who we’ve (uncollectively collectively) have always been. We could call it the ‘dishabille’ style. . . .

We’re thrown together (in oh so many ways), so it makes its own kind of sense that our blogs—our thoughts, our writings—would reflect that.

Besides, ‘dishabille’ sounds so much more dashing than ‘slacker’.

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6 responses

9 12 2010
dmf

ha, in my academic days i tended to over use the term bricolage but it feels more like a mashup. i like the idea/theme a lot but not so much the label, not to go all freedom fries but how about something more americano, what would be our version of “beat”? in the time of chimpanzees i was a monkey..

10 12 2010
10 12 2010
absurdbeats

Janis is always welcome at this blog.

13 12 2010
geekhiker

I sort of let my blog morph into a mix of “whatever” a long time ago. What I’ve found interesting about that is the mix of people it’s brought in as a result. Some came while trolling for hiking posts, others came via geeky stuff, and some just wandered by. It’s made for a small, but interesting group, I think…

13 12 2010
absurdbeats

Well, with a moniker like ‘GeekHiker’, you built the switchbacks in. . . .

13 12 2010
geekhiker

To a certain degree, yes. But, seriously, I originally thought it would be hiking, computers, and sci-fi, and that’s it! LOL

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