I am much, much better at thinking than writing. Another way to put this is that I’m just crappy at writing.
I started this blog in 2013 to participate/aid in/contribute to what had been named the “Manosphere.” Around that time I discovered Moldbug and fell in with the neoreactionaries, and sometime (I don’t remember when!) I discovered the Jr. Ganymede, a group blog of/by/for Mormons of my stripe (intellectual, Romantic (capital-R), hungering and thirsting after righteousness).
These audiences have many similarities, but they have a good number of differences too. A not-inconsiderable amount of effort in my writing here is spent tailoring posts for their various different audiences.
If it’s so much effort, why not create several different blogs? Probably because I want the best for all of those groups, and I believe they can help each other. Distance and anonymity are the fence; given that, my secret wish is for us all to be neighbors. There is also the practical matter of duplication of work. I would rather require a bit more work/understanding of my readers (nrx: “Oh right, he’s the Mormon guy,” LDS: “Oh, right, he hangs out with Sith online.”) than sterilize myself for universal appeal. I still aim for universal appeal, of course, but I don’t mind putting a bit more of the burden on you, reader, more than I used to.
So…why am I still writing? I am well aware that I am not exactly a shining light of any particular blogosphere. Why not pack up shop? Because I’m a crappy writer. I still have some insights I hope to share.
As for a unique contribution, the ambiguity thing. We have a ton of information these days, but what is lacking is context. I hold out hope that we can be better at navigating the modern intellectual landscape (high-information, low-understanding) than we are. One aim of this blog is to help us get there. If the “patron saints” of Albion Awakening are Lewis and Tolkien, then Alan Kay might be the equivalent for here, purely for his statement that “A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points.”
If you’re reading this, I’m probably on your side, for some value of “side.”