Tell me why the stars do shine...
Okay, so much for the short answer.
I have a number of motivations for starting this journal.
(I posted the above when I first started this journal. You can find an update of sorts in my fifth-anniversary entry.)
- I am a writer. Writing is what I do. And the more practice I get,
the better my writing will get, I figure. I don't have very much
discipline in my life, and I figure this is one way of forcing
myself to produce a decent amount of output regularly.
- Over the years, I have made sporadic attempts at keeping a journal.
I found the experience to be a valuable one, both for thinking ideas
through, and having a record of what I'd done, but the attempts always
fizzled out after a few months. I'm hoping that having an audience
will keep me going.
- I have some philosophical and psychological issues to work out. I'd
like to use this for that purpose, but I'm not sure if I will. I'm
a bit afraid of family members finding this place. We'll see, I guess.
(Yes, I'm being vague. Sorry about that.)
- I have been subjecting a few select correspondants to long, rambling
e-mail messages on frequent occasion, and I thought it might be nicer
to vent on the Web, so that they don't feel compelled to read it if
they don't want to.
- I have seen several journalists I admire tossing discussion topics
back and forth in their journals, and I have desperately wanted to
join in the fun. I am particularly speaking of
- Finally, I'm just jealous of the way Mary Anne gets to call her readers