on being slow

I was quite interested to read this article by Jon Henley in the Guardian the other day about Slow Blogging. Slow Bloggers, apparently, are those who "take the time to think, study and reflect before they post; who do not feel the need to slap the first thing that comes out of their head straight onto the web." The Slow Blogging movement has also recently attracted the attention of the NY Times where the practice is compared to that of meditation, whilst fast, news-driven blogging is "the equivalent of fast-food restaurants". In some ways though, I can't help thinking that Slow Blogging seems almost like anti-blogging: it is described as “a rejection of immediacy … an affirmation that not all things worth reading are written quickly”, an act of “speaking like it matters, like the pixels that give your words form are precious and rare”.

I don't think I would be very good at being a Slow Blogger. I think I am probably a Fast and Sloppy Blogger, but I can't help thinking that maybe that's half the fun.

Sometimes, though, I do think it is good to be slow. Right now, I am moving very slowly. I am being a cat cushion. I am knitting, one row at a time. I am having a cup of tea, and then maybe a bit later, another one. I am watching a blackbird eating orange berries off a bush in the garden, and noticing the clouds move slowly across the sky. I am meandering, dawdling.

I like this example of really, really slow blogging.

I feel like a sloth.

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I have a little something up on a handful of stones today. You can find it here.

3 comments:

28 November 2008 at 13:44 Fiona Robyn said...

Slow blogging, I love it. And your posts are always well written, so I don't believe that you aren't one ;)

Thank you for your stone...

28 November 2008 at 14:08 masterymistery said...

I try to be a fast blogger but find it challenging. I aim to post at least twice a week, but am always failing to achieve that.

Love your work

masterymistery at cosmic rapture

PS enjoyed your small stone

29 November 2008 at 14:08 Nik's Blog said...

I think I'd like to slow blog in an ideal world, but I don't think that's gonna happen any time soon!

Nik