Sunday, April 23, 2017
Questions beget questions
Lately we have been discussing the many questions I receive about my blog. As you know I race to anticipate all your questions and answer them before you even ask them. But with millions of daily readers I can't anticipate every question, and I sometimes find it's helpful to devote a day's blog session just to answering reader questions. We did this yesterday, and though you'd have to consult yesterday's post to count all the questions I fielded, I felt it was exhaustive and covered a lot of ground. However, to my surprise, I was asked even more questions about my blog today at work. How do some of these people even know about my blog?! Anyway, I include an account of them here in the hopes that it will cover the rest of the issues you, as a curious reader, might be interested in.
Reader "Mike" asks:
Can you point me in the direction of the bathroom?
I too wonder sometimes about my motivation for writing. I feel sometimes like it's a purely personal act, one that lets me commune with myself and center, almost in a spiritual way, but I also sometimes feel like there is a particular perspective that's missing from the world and I cannot rest until I see it out there, beyond myself.
Reader "Linnea" asks:
Can you check and see what I have on hold?
Thanks for the question "Linnea"! I suppose the ones I like best change over time. I get most excited about the satirical, funny ones, like with Bob Dylan. But when I go looking at old posts I'm surprised by what resonates with me. It's often complex ones that might have seemed like strange throwaways when I wrote them- maybe because they seem so new to me at that point.
Reader "Lance" asks:
Have you seen Liz around anywhere? Did she come through here?
Wow. That's quite a compliment! Thanks. I suppose I mostly don't really think of how it will affect people. Something like this is really more of a pleasant surprise. I know I joke a lot about being famous and the impact of my essays and how great they are, but in writing them the process is more pure, more like they're my own problem to solve, involving for their own sake. But sure, sometimes when I'm really onto something there might be a little part of me that thinks "This is special. Maybe someone will read this and think "Have you seen Liz around anywhere?"" But I try not to let stuff like that swell my head.
Thanks so much. This was fun!