Welcome, stranger, to my blog! Before you begin to explore the wonderful world contained within, I have two things to say.
First of all, this blog has a lofty mission. I cannot begin to express how much the concept of the quote has come to bother me. Therefore, like Varese liberated sound, here begins the liberation of the quote.
A good quote is an idea, perhaps slightly witty or striking, but still a comfortably middle road one that is organized in a musical, well-phrased manner. A good quote is like that pop song on the radio that you hate but love at the same time. It’s catchy, entertaining, and everyone knows it. A good quote has wisdom, is perhaps a motivational statement, and was likely uttered by someone with name recognition. However, long before said quote gets uttered it has to be written and edited and edited by a faceless, nameless someone to meet the above criteria.
This is what bothers me. But, I shan’t go into detail about this in this short post, for I am certain I will rant about it later. Ultimately, I move for the appreciation of the wise, silly, senseless things that we all say and think on a daily basis. Although most of this blog consists of the wise, silly, senseless things that come out of my head, these quotes are your quotes too, stranger. These words are the inside jokes between friends, the moments of creativity, and the tired thoughts of a tired mind.
Before you ask, yes, I really have been doing my daily quote for three years. I don’t always achieve my daily quote goal, but I try. Again, my reason for doing a quote everyday is probably another topic I’ll elaborate on later, but it essentially boils down to the following. Every good quote is a one hit wonder. No one remembers FDR’s inaugural speech beyond, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Before he said those words, he said a million other ones. My theory is that by sharing my thoughts on a daily basis and getting feedback from all you guys, I can keep my creativity flowing and find out which ideas will be a good foundation for my own larger, monumental work. Not every one of my thoughts is great, insightful, or even makes sense to anyone but me. That’s not the point. Ninety percent of everything is crap. (Idea thanks Theodore Sturgeon and Austin Kleon) But if you don’t share any of your work, you can’t figure out what isn’t crap. I’m only a good critic of myself years later, so I need your help.
2. Despite everything I just said, if I don’t make you smile at least once I haven’t achieved my own humble, personal mission.
Thanks for reading! Now, go forth young enlightened one and explore my world.