Monday, April 02, 2007

Appleseed Musings

Michael Pollan describes the character of Johnny Appleseed in one of his many books. Pollan's gift for journalisic integrity paints a clear picture of the vagabond who is credited with spreading apple trees throughout the Ohio valley.

So if we can speculate on Thoreau's blogging habits, we should also muse on the kinds of postings this more local hero might have produced. Or perhaps not have posted. He seems to have been a person of few words and great wanderings. Perhaps he is the inspiration for those who lurk about the blog world, silently observing.

April showers

Nature is most evident as a force in April. So figures like Appleseed and Thoreau, bowing to the power of nature, lead us to wonder about the landscapes we live in. Should they be well-tended like golf courses? Or allowed to grow weedily? Is a field of green improved by planting a baseball field in its midst? The same must be asked about the blogs we make. How should we tend them?

Are these blogs written for spectators, lurkers, or wanderers? That seems to be the question I come across frequently when I wander through the blogscape. Bloggers who question why they blog and if they have a duty to keep it going.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Anybase said...

Went through Athens Ohio last week...and saw the Johnny Appleseed monument at Johnny Appleseed park.

6:06 AM  
Blogger Mike Raciti said...

you should link this page to google analytics. you can see how many people look at your page and from what part of the country or world. unfortunately, it doesn't tell you how many of them are mikes.

7:24 AM  

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