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Sunday, 8 June 2008

Altered Quotations

Every blogger or bloggette goes through a blogentity crisis from time to time. Does my blog have anything to do with the real world? What is the real world anyway? How much of the self that is revealed in my blog my real self or a persona? What is my real self? I doubt if there are any real answers to these real questions. Or virtually none.

Why do we blog? A need for self expression? To be noticed by others? To freeze moments of our life, as in a diary - giving the illusion of something permanent? To play intellectual games? To record for posterity? To fill in the time if we have time on our hands? To create something we would like to consider akin to art? To impart factual information? It's a strange business, isn't it?

Blogging, like life, like the Camino, is an endless journey, a journey of flux, change and constant renewal. I am taking a short time out from the blogworld. But I shall be back at some point to continue my journey. Many thanks to all my loyal readers without whom this blog would be only half complete. And watch this space.

I leave you for the moment with some Altered Quotations. The proper words are listed in their correct sequence at the end.

To blog or not to blog - that is the question. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

It is solved by blogging. ST AUGUSTINE.

Blogging is a pathless land. KRISHNAMURTI.

A blog can only be understood backwards, but it must be written forwards. SOREN KIERKEGAARD.

You may drive out a blog with a pitchfork, yet she will always hurry back. HORACE.

Blogging consists in sharing the hallucinations of our fellow bloggers. EVELYN UNDERHILL.

Those who refuse to reread are doomed to read the same blog everywhere. ROLAND BARTHES.

Any lived minute is immensely more than its most subtle blog evocation. JEREMY HOOKER.

No matter. Blog again. Fail again. Fail better. SAMUEL BECKETT.

A blog should seem to offer itself to the reader's completion, not to the writer's. JAMES WOOD.

We exist not in ourselves, but in terms of each other's blogs. E. M. FORSTER.

Blogging is the last refuge of the scoundrel. SAMUEL JOHNSON.

A blog ought to be a festival of the intellect, that is, a game, but a solemn, ordered and significant game. PAUL VALÉRY.

A blog is never finished; it is only abandoned. PAUL VALÉRY.

Read blogs are sweet, but those unread /Are sweeter... JOHN KEATS.

[Blogs are] imaginary gardens with real toads in them. MARIANNE MOORE.

Now a blog lives as long as it is unfathomed. Once it is fathomed... once it is known and its meaning is fixed or established, it is dead. D. H. LAWRENCE.

Blogging is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity. GUSTAVE FLAUBERT.

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John Hee said...

welcome back SW

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks John - for everything. It's good to be back.

gleaner said...

You have picked advice from the best bloggers, perhaps this should be part of the orientation package for all new bloggers.

Great laugh!!