OK, let’s try this…

OK, let’s try this…

April 27, 2021 8 By Allan Trautman

Oh, Lord, I’m starting a blog. Why? you ask. Surely nobody really needs this. Probably nobody will actually read this. But the fact is I like writing. I’d like to do it more often. And I’ve reached a point in my life at which I have a lot of random musings rattling around my brain. I spend more time contemplating… stuff. Little stuff, like the most efficient way to wash my hair in the morning. (It involves some counting.) And bigger stuff, like why don’t I invest more energy in maintaining friendships? (It involves being lazy.)

There are also times—and I’m sure some of you have experienced this—when I feel like sharing an opinion, but Facebook is just not the place. I like looking at Facebook to find out what my friends are up to. (I mean my actual friends—ones I like hanging out with in person, who are the only ones I generally beFriend.) And I can fire off the occasional quip there, although that’s better suited to Twitter. But nobody—not even my friends—will read anything longer than a sentence or two in a Facebook timeline. Not because they don’t like me or care what I have to say, but because they only have so much patience scrolling through everyone else’s posts while on the toilet. That’s not a put-down. I’m the same way.

Hence, this.

You ask, “What do you plan to write about, then?” To which I answer, “Oh my god, someone is reading this?” And then I consider the question and realize I have no agenda. I have a lot of experience as a puppeteer, so I may have some commentary on techniques I’ve used or works I’ve seen. I like to read, so I may have a response or critique of my current reading material. Same with TV and movies. And I like to think about more esoteric, or perhaps existential, topics. So some of that might spill out.

If anybody is reading this, feel free to leave a comment regarding what you would like me to write about. Or maybe you just want me to shut up. I mean, does the world need another blog?

Apparently, yes.