Welcome to my first post on Interpreting the Cosmos. Let’s see here… Do I write a catchy introduction to the blog and attempt to get my family and friends all lathered up for years of loyal readership? How should I begin a blog? I would imagine most of us aspiring web writers begin on day one with the highest goals of expression, conversation, pontification, and a catalyzing of the readers’ minds. I am no different, I’m guilty. I want you to read my posts and interact with me because I’ve got an agenda. I want to exercise both you and me in the way we think and interpret the world around us. I want you to feel the cranial burn and then adjust the way in which you walk.
I want to help change the world.
“Ah” you say, “how nice. Problem is, Justin, everyone else does too. You’re as special in that regard as a grain of salt dropped into the Atlantic. You’d be no different than the other 314,212 blogs which begin each day.”
Yeah, I’m a haystack in a needle right at the moment, you’re right. I have to earn your readership and make my blog stand out from the rest so that I end up less like a grain of salt and more like an asteroid hitting the Atlantic.
In writing publicly like this, I take a few risks. Looking like a fool in some half-cocked diatribe is very tempting. I used to do that in the college newspaper at SUNY Brockport. Bombast, blustering, and baiting are all paths to consider as well. Readership is the key, right? My wife and mother will dutifully read my posts, but I need teenagers from Kentucky, Muslims from Dubai, Aussies, Nebraskans, Canadian housewives, disabled vets living on a limited income, Star Trek fans, police, and Democrats. I’d like to hear from peacemakers, history majors, alcoholics, pastors, humorists, trolls, and all of their mothers. I’d like to, in a phrase, win you.
In writing publicly, I seek a reward. I hope to allow the interpretation of the cosmos to take center-stage and to have my persona fade into the background as much as possible. I seek to engage the brain and heart that God gave you, and I seek to challenge your traditions, dogmas, and assumptions. I seek to make friends, to expose enemies of truth, and to display the grace of God given to me in Jesus the Messiah. Would you give me a month to win your readership?
In coming days, I will be more specific and clear about the themes I will explore on Interpreting the Cosmos. For now, I cannot tell you what a privilege it is to have this opportunity to speak to you publicly.
Thanks for reading.