by Benjamin J. Kirby
I suppose I should say something about the passing of Dick Clark, who died today at 82, but that's not what is on my mind tonight.
I started this blog in January of 2005, but I didn't start it because I had all the confidence in the world I could create a great blog overnight. I started it because I had something to say, and I wanted to give it a try. I wasn't sure exactly how to say it, but the format has given me a lot of room to practice and grow.
The real trick was never the writing, though -- not what to write or how to write. I knew that would come and that I'd craft it on my own. The tricky piece was getting the damn thing started. And so I turned to blogs like Kevin Murphy's Ghost in the Machine which gave me the courage to give the whole thing a try.
In a lot of ways Ghost in the Machine is what they call the blogfather of the Spencerian. I'm grateful to Kevin and his more than twelve years of work at GitM.
Looks like he's taking a break from blogging for a bit of time -- and for all the right reasons. I understand and totally respect where he's coming from with respect to presidential politics. I certainly understand where he's coming from on the personal stuff.
Kevin is peeling away from the computer screen and going out into the real world -- he calls it a walkabout. Walking about in the real world. Where life happens. I'll miss Kevin and GitM while they're out and about. Still, I have to admit it sounds good to me. After all, the real world is where we discover the stories we write.