Why? Because even I find the masses of freely published opinion out there daunting. And for years I saw doing my own blog as adding to the incessant white noise. This is all oddly contradictory considering I've always read friends' blogs and found them to be positive contributions to my existence. Still a blog to my mind was like foisting your own column/editorial to an unsuspecting public. Who would read it? Why should they? And how many opinions can you generate before making even yourself gag?
So here at the dawn of my own blog, I start by exhibiting mixed feelings. A contradiction to the effort. Still I think that's especially real.
While strong opinions are attractive, in particular incendiary ones which seem to create their own vortex, the only commitment I'm going to have to this is to be a place of reflection and approach it as a conversation to friends and cohorts, some yet unknown. It's the most comfortable position I can be in to actually feel that my words are worth occupying the air and space they'll take. Silence after all, is also of a value to expression.
Like I always tell friends who breathlessly recount their dilemma and conclude with a gasping, "so what do you think?" - you get the right answers if you ask the right questions. My hope I suppose is that some of what I wonder about will lead someone one step closer to their somewhere.