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For New and Old Readers – Some Housekeeping Issues and Various Musings:

This site will probably undergo several design changes before I settle on a theme I really like and is easy to maintain. Jennifer and Hazel have been hugely helpful with their input, and I’m sold on two concepts:

  1. This site requires a strong graphical element. Ideally, I would like to show off the work of all the visual artists I know on the web in the very architecture of this site.
  2. A “magazine” type format, where previous posts on various topics are front and center along with the latest content, would be awesome. Right now those themes are serious work to maintain and I’d rather be focusing on content.

In the absence of #2 currently, I’m working on “pages” for this site – I’m creating a fairly elaborate blogroll to honor the readers of this blog (please say something if I miss you when it is complete, I will be happy to add your site), and I’m going to add another page of entries I think readers of this blog might want to be familiar with, as well as an index entry linking to the detail work this blog does so often.

My job is not simply to beg for readers, or sit around and muse like as if I’m the philosopher-king. My job is to help you be happy while you learn, share and discover. Wisdom is the greatest good simply.

Asserting that, of course, means I have to talk about my personal life. If wisdom is the greatest good, how come I am torn up right now about a potential relationship? If I am wise in any way, why is it that I make mistakes even in meaning well?

I don’t know the answer to either question, although I have said that thought is a form of love, if not love itself: it is literal concern for another. We note frequently the complications of philosophy as eros in this blog; I am noting them now on a very real level every day. There are prudential issues always, and wisdom does not always allow one to grasp them clearly.

A good example of where wisdom and prudence diverge is why this blog has a new site. There was no way, unless my previous host threatened to kick me off, that I was going to switch to any other site unless I had the audience I wanted exactly. There was too much invested in the last blog – many entries ranked high in Google search exactly the way I would like; plenty of people knew the URL and it was all over the Internet in one way or another. The plan, as long as the previous host “did no evil,” was sound from my point of view: just get the audience, then go where you like. One’s best chance of getting an audience lies in making do with what one has already promoted an enormous amount.

There’s nothing unwise about the plan. The problem is that it depends on some very limited and limiting knowledge. Anyone with eyes could see that WordPress is simply a better platform and more suited to my efforts; anyone can see that the potential of this blog can be that much greater, precisely because I have more control. But there’s nothing in wisdom per se that allows one to say “control” is a more important criteria than “audience” when one is saying what one likes and being heard. Wisdom is indifferent to the issue of whether this blog is successful or not; it would rather be talking about Nietzsche or Dickinson.

The same sort of logic holds regarding love. Wisdom works to make sure that despite my faults, I do love, I make sure I am actually in love. It takes little or no precaution about how the other feels even in giving as much as possible. The priority is against the holder first, for the logic is that of Socrates in the Republic – the just man does “no harm” at the least.

3 Comments

  1. Just wanted to let you know that I like the design of your site. Nice and clean. Came here via Plurk.

  2. Wow, it looks very nice! I’m finally installing AntiVirus software, and after I get over my beginning of August fatigue (I sleep about 14 hours a night, and practically crawl around half-asleep during the day) i’l be updating again. Hope all is well :)

  3. Very cute! I’m really digging the page design right now- the whole sheet of paper look or whatever.

    “Wisdom is indifferent to the issue of whether this blog is successful or not; it would rather be talking about Nietzsche or Dickinson.

    The same sort of logic holds regarding love. Wisdom works to make sure that despite my faults, I do love, I make sure I am actually in love. It takes little or no precaution about how the other feels even in giving as much as possible. The priority is against the holder first, for the logic is that of Socrates in the Republic – the just man does “no harm” at the least.”

    … … … gl <3

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