I have written this introduction multiple times, some revisions were in my head, others on paper, and others still typed out. Initially, I didn’t know how to start over again. I have written and shared on the Internet before. I have attempted to keep up with a blog and keep people interested, while I become more dissonant and less interested over time. To this day, I still have misgivings about starting over. The other day, however, I read Matt Alexander’s lessons after a year of writing and got to thinking that I had learned many of the lessons to which he so succinctly confessed. I have been here before, at the start of something of which I cannot yet understand fully. So here I am.
Hello World… again!
The fact is that I tried to stop writing. While finishing my graduate degree, I had very little time and energy to follow up on things I was reading and thoughts I wished to share. In the attempt to alleviate the pressure on my brain holding all that in caused, I started condensing my opinions on things into 140 and 256 character blocks, while longer and more personal items went to my 50- friends on Facebook and Path. Unfortunately, that doesn’t cut it now that I am officially done with my first (yes, there will be more) graduate degree.
In all the time that went to my hiatus, I had a lot of time to think about how to move forward with my writing. I wanted a place to create and a place to think. A place where I can put my thoughts on things that are important to me. At the same time, a place where I can clear my head. I tried a number of Wordpress blogs, Tumblr spaces, and other services to create such a place. What I have found is the fact that I am looking for ease. I never expect writing to be my life or my career; that is not the point to me. I don’t really intend to make money from this endeavor. As such, I wanted to be able to make the space what I wanted without an all-consuming timeframe. I will continue to work elsewhere to support myself and my family. I will continue to share information in other ways, but I will not let it become more important than experiencing life. Meanwhile, what I expect from this space is a way to communicate what I do, whether to my parents, friends, or complete strangers.
In the end, I hope to attract people here that would be interested in all sorts of things, chief among them technology and food (which is part of the reason why Kyle Baxter and I get along so well). Aside from that, I may share current events, personal ideas, or pictures and other media. I plan to use the twitter feed (@eloquentfeed and @jayray) as a link list of sorts and save this space for long-form writing almost exclusively. No matter what the content though, I wish to stand by the name of the site: Engineered Eloquence.
I like to think of myself as an engineer, even if only viscerally. My undergraduate degree was in mechanical engineering, but I have a passion for technology, something that is not uncommon now. Though I have worked the majority of my career in educational technology and support, I like to discover how things work and problem solve based on that knowledge. I would say that I obtained said penchant from my design background. At the same time, I always enjoyed writing, though it was not my first passion. Getting my thoughts down on paper was something that always felt natural to me. I want to use this space to put words to my thoughts, whether technological, pedagogical, alimentary, or otherwise.
In short, I recognize that my passion for technology, like my ability to string words together to form a website, is a common occurrence in technology circles these days. I recognize that I may not have much to say on a subject that is important to people who may read this site. I recognize that it may be a long road to truly understand for what this space should or can be used. And finally, I recognize that I will have to earn the trust of my readership in order to move forward in this way.
In other words, Welcome and Enjoy!
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.