Seeing as this is my first blog post, I decided that I will write about the first blog. I know, the originality of this surpasses my wildest imagination.
I did try to conduct some thorough research on the history of blogging, but it seemed that I enjoyed researching this topic just about as much as I enjoyed reading up on rice and I soon drifted off. Sure, blogging is to online culture what candy is to dentists. But how many of us really care about how it progressed. Therefore I have decided to look at it a little differently.
According to Google, Swarthmore college student Justin Hall created the first blog in 1994, he called it “Justin’s Notes from the Underground”.
In an interview Justin claimed his blog (or personal homepage as he called it) was influenced by the likes of Russian author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Hunter Thompson, Apocalypse Now, poem Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop and Jane’s Addiction.
I have decided to find inspiration from two these folks.
Looking at Hunter S Thompson, many would agree that he was a brilliant, ingenious writer. He oozed passion and leaned somewhat towards the twisted. That is why we love him. He inspires. Sadly, many will only see him for his antics with drugs, alcohol, and guns.
I however, think there are three things in particular we can learn from the brilliant Mr. Thompson.
Don’t try to fit in, ever.
In 1957 Thompson wrote the following in a letter to a friend: “Although I don’t feel that it’s at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of individuality, I know that I’m going to have to spend the rest of my life expressing it one way or another, and I think that I’ll accomplish more by expressing it on the keys of a typewriter than by letting it express itself in sudden outbursts of frustrated violence. . . .”
Never give up.
Here is something that perhaps you did not know. Thompson finished his book “The Rum Diary” in 1962. The book was only published in 1998. Yup, after numerous rejection letters and taking on a full time job he gave up on his novel, but never stopped writing. He revisited the book nearly 40 years later because he believed in his novel.
Open your mind and remove yourself from your comfort zone. Thompson did not limit himself to just one crowd of people. Keep things interesting.
I myself will draw inspiration from Hunter S Thompson. I want to approach this blog the same way Mr. Thompson lived his life and approached his writing. I want to throw myself into my writing with careless abandon. “Absolute nothing in moderation.”
I leave you with this quote from Dostoyevsky:
“Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human”