February 11, 2007 § 11 Comments
\Tink”er\, v. i.To busy one’s self in mending old kettles, pans, etc.; to play the tinker; to be occupied with small mechanical works.
Having finished with the kettles, I’ve begun the task of categorizing all of my old posts, one that is clearly going to take some time. I’ve decided, somewhat arbitrarily, to limit myself to one season per day. Being mildly obsessive about such things, I think it’s the least dangerous way to proceed.
It’s been an interesting process, as it involves re-reading everything I’ve written here, which I haven’t done before. I’ve always had a tendency to write and run, which I suspect reveals something about my thinking that isn’t entirely flattering. Having said this, I’m noticing the way I circle back to things, sometimes forgetting earlier efforts, more often rearticulating them. No, that’s not quite what I meant; let me write it again. I’m also noticing how often I don’t write about things, even when I do.
The process then shifts to classifying seemingly random posts, and, retrospectively, discerning common themes. I’ve always wished I could be one of those bloggers who sticks to their subject, be it politics, food, or pure autobiography, or even to a consistent style. By contrast, The Smoking Section often feels scattered and indecisive, at least from this vantage point. Reading backwards, though, I’m surprised to discover threads which somehow conspire to hold the whole thing together, if just barely.
A fascinating endeavour, this blogging. I think I’ll keep at it for a while.