What exactly is “blogging” these days?
Once upon a time, a blog was an online personal journal, with minimal formatting and detailed writing on niche subjects. In the past decade, with the rise of social media, blogging has become more capitalistic, with a focus on obtaining mass appeal (and revenue) through posting popular content. My search for popular blogs in 2019 reveals a slew of sites that boast top-notch web design but primarily serve to teach a practical skill or offer cliched self-help advice.
While the former type of blog lacks widespread readership, the latter type of blog has superficial content. Very few blogs manage to say something interesting in a way that is accessible to a large audience.
Enter Entrepot. A site devoted to sharing my thoughts, ideas, and experiences with the world. A site intended for self-expression, yes, but also for education and dialogue.
I will offer insightful perspectives on topics ranging from transportation to film.
I will write well-researched content in words that are easy to follow.
I will encourage discussions by asking questions more often than I provide answers.
By challenging so-called “conventional wisdom,” I will provoke the imagination.
My aspirations come from a very personal place. I have always enjoyed sharing knowledge with others. Being on the Asperger’s Spectrum, I possess a rich repertoire of thoughts but find the process of landing traditional academic careers too stressful and rigid (My two year planning master’s degree was intense enough). Blogging allows me to pursue my passion in the most rewarding way possible.
Content-wise, I will post two pieces at the end of each week.
One will be a short review or diary piece, documenting or reacting to a particular movie or experience I encountered during the week.
The second will be a more in-depth “thought” piece about a conceptual topic that interests me.
Topics that I expect to cover include Cities/Planning, Culture, Transportation Geography and Personal Relationships. However, I don’t want this blog to be defined by any particular subject, and I will write on different themes as I see fit.
Overall, Entrepot embodies a new type of digital environment, one that is deep, open, informed, curious, down-to-earth and often funny:)
I am excited to begin posting and even more excited to receive responses.