Words

I’d like to explain why you don’t see any photos on this blog.
There are many blogs with incredible photography – Goutaste and Gracefull Plate 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, as writers, we paint a picture with them is a challenge and one I love accepting.
So, the choice for no photography here is a deliberate one.
It allows you, as the reader, 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.
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 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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