Wednesday, January 30, 2013

YIN YANG AND THE ART OF BLOGGING



Blogging regularly takes commitment and discipline. Like going to the gym, once you break the routine it can be a little hard to get back into it. 

Finding time to be a Dad, work, do household chores, read, game, exercise, volunteer and blog is a challenge at the best of times.

I am not tired of blogging; I am just more interested in catching-up on some of the great reading that came my way over the holidays. I have spent less time following current trends and news on-line and more time with my nose in a few books.

Blogging also demands passion. That passion for issues drives one. Polemic and Paradox is a great platform for airing my thoughts but it has been an impediment to finding new work opportunities. A public opinion comes with a price. It is the price one pays for stamping his or her thoughts with their name.

Honestly, I find that people respect you more as a blogger and a person of authority when you stay true to your personality and tell it like it is.

I also realize that posting frequency and on a schedule that is uniquely mine keeps readers happy and coming back.

The challenge is moving beyond being a potpourri about pop culture, politics, family and humorous stories. What is the overall communications strategy? What audience am I trying to reach? What is my purpose? What category of blog is Polemic and Paradox?

The title and my logo says it all.

I practice the art of engaging in controversial debates and disputes through my writing.  However, unlike most political blogs, I often make statements and proposition that appear self-contradictory but often express a possible truth. I am not a slave to partisanship - in fact, I have come to despise the lack of compromise it entails. 

This Yin-Yang epitomizes the ancient Chinese understanding of how things work. The outer circle represents "everything", while the black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of "yin" (black) and "yang" (white).

Not everything is black and white in life, relationships or politics.

Hence, Polemic and Paradox!

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