Some bloggers are restrained, self-deprecating, modest, understated; others write posts that are daring, obstreperous and filthily funny. I admire and enjoy both registers, and the gradations between.

It’s hard to find my own voice, though, one that feels authentic. I’m Dr. Passive and Mr. Aggressive in one monster. I recently drew an acid retort for a cheekily expressed comment of mine about a contentious issue. Ouch. Memo to self: Tread mindfully.

Bloggers are legion — fewer than the number of atoms in the universe, but still… the statistics can be paralyzing. To keep pushing the “Publish” button, I find it useful to remind myself of the following:

(a) The “half-full-half-empty trope”: My audience glass will not be laughably empty, but infinitesimally full, if I garner persisting attention from even a handful of persons.

(b) Strictly speaking, a “log” is a record not immediately public-facing of a journey, endeavor, experiment, and the like. It serves the logger first, and is valid for itself. If renown follows, it’s icing on the fish.

JMN2017 Rifle Hoister

Rifle Hoister, JMN, 2017. Oil on canvas. 18 x 24 in., Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.

(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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