Monday, December 20, 2021

Front Yard Typewriting, or Not Yet Performance Art

Here's my setup, in the now fading daylight, as the sun sets below the ponderosa pine across the street:

Since typecasting became a regular part of my blog, I've always held in tension the necessity to include images of typewritten text, while also enjoying the sponteneity of keyboarding text directly, as a means of expounding on things I may not have thought about whilst typewriting. It represents a kind of duality, having thoughts typed as ink on paper and also thoughts more immediately keyboarded into the template, as if they were two different planes or levels of perspective.

Just as I've done since starting this blog in 2006, I may yet post "articles" (1) that are only keyboarded, not typecast, perhaps pasted from other works I've written. Despite blogging being considered outdated, I enjoy this format as a more thoughtful form of thought-sharing, and also easier to archive and retrieve, as evidenced by the long historic list of previous articles, over on the righthand column.


(1) Are blog posts considered "posts" or "articles" or "entries?" What's the appropriate terminology?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! You are certainly one of the most thoughtful typecasters in the herd, well on par with the rest of the OTPers. You are also published! :D
Speaking of OTP, I'm a big fan of the concept, but not entirely sure it's working as intended. My impression is that the contributors have been a bit too concerned with each other's opinions, which results in more insular conflict than is especially interesting for the casual reader to bother with. As you say, our effort should be to make things interesting for what Steve King calls the "Constant Reader". Also, I do see the irony of expressing this opinion on OTP, so I'll put it here. (:

1:52 AM  
Blogger Kent Peterson said...

Joe, speaking as another OTPer, I hope you keep posting at least some of your thoughts their. Your contributions always struck me as honest, thoughtful, and worthwhile. As for the "intellectual heavyweights" over there, every group has one or two folks seemingly more intent on showing how much they've thought so much about something and how whatever somebody else is doing isn't measuring up. I find those discussions pretty useless myself, so I just try to type one interesting page a day, one that might make sense even to someone not caught up in the latest drama.

Keep typing. I'll keep reading whatever you type, wherever you post it.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Diane Maher said...

Joe, I always enjoy reading your blogs. I am one of those who doesn't contribute to OTP, largely because I don't know what to say. I have the same issues with my own blog. If I blogged about things currently happening in life, it would not be pretty at the moment. I am still trying to figure out how to get a decent looking video posted to YouTube. It doesn't come easily for some reason. I should do more with my photography like you are too.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Mike A. said...

Joe, No matter where you go, there you are.

I agree with your thoughts regarding OTP and at the same time try to let everyone have their space. When the stuff gets too deep I stand back and try to let it flow by. As an inherently boring person, I try to not worry too much about what I say as long as it isn't pointing one way or the other. When things hit me too hard emotionally I go to my "happy place" and write to my journal and then come back when my mind is right.

So, in conclusion, :) no matter where you drop your pen to paper, I'll be there to take it in. You really are an inspiration and an example to us all.

Keep on truckin'

6:01 AM  
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