Thursday, January 29, 2009

Inaugurating “What the Water Wants”

In June of last year, Technorati (a blog search engine) had indexed over 112.8 million blogs. Everyone has a blog it seems. There are an incredible number of people already posting their thoughts to the Internet for all the world to see, creating such an overwhelming amount of content that one may begin to wonder, what is it all for? What are we to make of this plethora of perspectives, this exponential multiplication of words? It’s almost enough to make one think adding another blog to the mix would be a mere exercise in vanity.

And yet, I find myself thinking I should venture into this blogging business. What could I hope to contribute of real worth? On any particular topic, it seems, there’s already someone blogging about it that knows more than I do. I also don’t want to have one of those blogs that exists just to point readers to other sources, selecting niche news items or calling attention to this or that Website which the blogger finds interesting. There are already quite a few of those.

On the other hand, it is possible that if I write about what interests me, others will find it worthwhile too. But it's not really important that the blog ever find a large audience. What's important, I'm learning that I need to write my thoughts out. And so I might as well do it in a blog.

The name comes from a song by the artist Sufjan Stevens called “Sister”. I often think about what the water wants. . .

So, what shall I write about here? Naturally, I’ll write about what interests me, subjects that I believe are important. While this will potentially include a wide range of genres, I hope that the common threads running through each will be apparent to readers. I’m interested in topics on gender/person, life issues, economics, environmental concerns, family, culture, art (especially music and film), philosophy, politics, faith, and other subjects. As a guiding principle, I recall the words of St. Paul to the believers in Philippi:
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Philippians 4.8, NAB).”
And so I hope it will be with What the Water Wants.

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