Words.

I’d like to explain why you’ll see just one photo on this blog – to the right [on tablets, at the bottom] – and always the most recent Instagram photo I’ve taken.
There are many, many blogs with incredible photography – @goutaste and @gracefullplate are a couple you should check out – but my medium is words.
I know, I know – a picture is worth a thousand of them – but words matter greatly.
How we can paint a picture with them, is a challenge for a writer, and I love accepting that challenge.
So, the choice for no photography here is a deliberate one.
It allows you to focus on the word story, and not the visual one.
I’m active on Instagram, and appreciate its ability to allow us to capture images and experiences in real time.
Because that’s where my images live, this is where my words do.
Everything is captured by image in real time there, and everything is captured in words, once pieces are written, here.
If you’d like to follow along visually, we’re at http://www.instagram.com/forksociallab.
Not only on blogs, of course, but in our daily lives, we’re bombarded with images.
The book, Data Smog [Shenk], says we encounter over 3000 [!] advertising messages a day.
A majority of those are visual; it’s exhausting reading that number, let alone viewing them.
And, this is just advertising messages.
Think of all the other images you see on a daily basis.
In a world of visual overwhelm, here I want to get back to the beauty, utility and clarity of words.
In the words of Tom Stoppard:
Words…They’re innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos.
But when they get their corners knocked off, they’re no good anymore…I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are.
They deserve respect.
If you can get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little…

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