. . . . . . . I write a pro blog. I work it and massage it. For instance, there was a time when all my entries had paragraphs flush left against the margin. Then I entered |||||||| to symbolize an indent. Then I rediscovered a way to make invisible indents (or nearly invisible, depending on the computer you’re on). This excited me. You know you’re a literature wonk when getting proper paragraphs made on your digital forum is one of the highlights of your year.
. . . . . . . The Cradle is my pro blog. That means I don’t care much what the audience thinks. It has to be that way, as its nature is highly experimental.
“I love the simplicity of the Cube because it’s a very clear geometrical shape, and I love geometry because it’s the study of how the whole universe is structured.” — Emo Rubik
. . . . . . . You may not realize or sense this, but everything is getting better. Primarily, I have figured out how to put together a 3-D object (like a Rubik’s Cube) and turn it this way and that, until it has the desired pro blog shape. For instance, I’m going to start adding hyperlinks to the entries and that will absorb enormous time and energy, but I feel that hyperlinks are the heart of any pro blog. And they always have to be mutating. Mutating and changing.
. . . . . . . My pro blog Cradle absorbs a fair portion of my time, but I don’t hesitate to take a day or two off from it. That’s why there’s sometimes a delay in my responding to Comments. In general, I like to be diligent with those who are sticking around but this cannot be a top priority, for it then shifts the effort and angst away from its proper place, with the progenitor Me, to the rando audience member, who may not care all that much about the Cradle. I can guarantee you I care about the Cradle more than he ever would.
. . . . . . . The plain blog lacks all of this. Great effort isn’t applied. Slapdash writing shows holes with light pouring through. There isn’t, most of all, intensity of focus. This is where you shut out the world and bring your whole bearing on a topic, like the Death Star focusing on Alderaan.
. . . . . . . A word about the hyperlinks. As the website grows, there can be more entries to link to. And each older entry may have a more appropriate connection in the newer pack of production.
. . . . . . . This means I have to go back, deleting the odd ‘link here and ‘link there, and then insert the correct new shape of the whole pro blog. This is part of what I mean by having a pro blog.
. . . . . . . Your style of writing should change. Although some might argue that one’s Writer’s Voice never changes, I beg to differ. We are human beings. We are sentient thinkers. We go through bad shit — like swells in a cold ocean — and good times, like sitting in a jacuzzi with a beer and some good friends.
. . . . . . . The Cradle is meant to be a good friend to you. It is supposed to cheer you up on a cheerless day, make you think when you’ve grown sluggishly weary; wake you up when the bus ride of life and the monotonously turning wheels have hypnotized you — in a bad way. Life is meant to be lived, and believe it or not, finding all the pro blogs out there in the blogosphere is a solid aid to living a real and full life.
. . . . . . . Lastly, the Cradle is a community-in-the-budding. Like magnetic specks gravitating toward a centerpoint, this pro blog attracts likeminded and differentminded people to find communion. It’s its own kind of neighborhood, with signposts and currency (likes and dislikes of Comments) and, sometimes, a general Consensus. Right now the Consensus is I’ve written enough about pro blogs. They’re far more sophisticated than plain ole blogs. Don’t settle for the imitation. Sometimes in life you have to marry your second choice. On the internet, you can go for first-best.