Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is nothing new under the sun. – Classmate quoting her professor during my first class of grad school
Make it new. – Ezra Pound
Unfortunately for Emerson, the blog trail has been blazed a million times over. Unfortunately for me, every journalism student should have a blog, according to a professor from last semester. This was a man who would make directives and then sip on some high-tech water bottle (the cap alone looked as if it could sustain a coterie of outsourced East Indian tech support staff) for dramatic emphasis. At long last, here I am, always the laggard.
I am a big fan of quotes, but my love goes way back before the days of the Internet, when profundity had to be sought out in books and was not so easy to come by as a few key strokes in the Google search engine. In fact it all started with a little quote book purchased on an Outward Bound trip. The Outward Bound trip was taken with my eighth grade class, the intention of the trip to toughen up us private school ninnies before flinging us into the real world (a.k.a. public high school). I don’t think the trip was successful in that sense, but I did come away with that great little quote book (although I hold one quote in the book responsible for my life’s errant trajectory, but I’ll save that for another post).
So, at the risk coming across as pretentious on the first impression, I’ve employed a few little quotes that seem pertinent at the outset of my journey into the blogosphere.