nothing to hide and even if I did I couldn’t

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– a private investigator emails me saying he loves the music on the blog, and can we please meet up for questioning regarding an accident I witnessed in January of 09 that he knows wasn’t too big a deal because he checked for posts regarding it in the archives and found nothing

- vice president of a fairly well known wine company in Ontario emails me after getting a google alert that I mentioned his wine on the site, and asks if I dj and would I at his party

-someone I’ve never met emails with opinions on how I should generally live my life and improve my grammar skills

These are examples of a few of the things that have happened in the past week because of the fact that I, Joshua Van Tassel, have a blog.

It seems like every month or so I’m in conversation with someone and the inevitable technology conversation comes up, a fire usually sparked by someone’s iphone and the latest app that measures your heart rate while making barnyard animal sounds when you shake it. Everything is friendly and open until I mention I have a blog. Freeze frame - lip curled slightly on the left side, nostrils flared, judgment in their eyes. I know this look, it’s the late-ninetiesbloggingisforgeeks face.

Get over it.

There’s millions and thousands of humans out there from every walk of life who blog all the time for every conceivable reason under the burning sun. I blog for 2 main reasons which are good to mention every now and then -

1. to motivate myself to listen and create every day. By stating on a public forum that I’m going to do something, it forces to actually do it or suffer the scorn and shame of the internet world. It doesn’t have to be a fully finished song or video or whatever, but just something that keeps the creative juices in their sweetest and stickiest form. It could be just hearing a sound I like, a conversation, a garbage truck, anything. Listening is the key. Take your ipod out of your ears, go sit in a public space and just listen. See what happens, then start a blog and write about it, deal?

2. to let family and friends from away know what I do. Being from a small community in a big scary city can get awful lonely sometimes, and through the blog I can keep those who are interested up to date on the happenings here. And those who aren’t interested, well shit, go google something interesting.

The second reason brings up an interesting point which was the impetus for this post.

ANYONE CAN READ YOUR BLOG.

Regardless of who your main readership is and who subscribes to our RSS feed, it’s the internet, it’s a complete information orgy with no limits or safe words at this point. As I frequently forget and have recently been reminded of, I share a lot of info on here without realizing it. Wanna find me and kick my ass because I said something a little off color perhaps to a friend of yours at the Dakota the other night? Go to the page where I post my gigs, pick one and lets dance. Wanna know where I’ve been and where I hang out? Chances are at least once I week I talk about it. If you’re really savvy you can get the IP address of where I blog from and come over to my house for coffee you crazy freak. See, I said my house!! If you note the time of when I blog then you’ll know when I’m home, and if I mentioend what I’m up to later you’ll know when I won’t be home. Forget the coffee, come over and rob my ass blind!!

Point is, blogging is an incredible thing for dozens of reasons. everyone has their own, and they’re all equally valid and interesting to me. As you can also tell from my blog, Ive had too much coffee and need to stop this nonsense rrrrrrright now.

I leave you with the saddest of the sounds; balloons being cut and deflated.

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6 thoughts on “nothing to hide and even if I did I couldn’t

  1. Robin says:

    I want to hear more about the people who emailed you!

  2. Christine says:

    I love your blog. It’s inspiring.

  3. Rita says:

    As one of your family members who likes to stay on top of your general goings-ons (also blogs) I concur.

  4. Ben says:

    Blogging is a generous form of selfishness. Like anything one does consistently it stretches the experience of time by imposing structure and subdividing time it into blocks. In that way, I find it a lot like practicing music or keeping a private journal. But it’s more generous than that because it also invites selfish bastards who want to feel that they know you but would never be bothered to get off their ass and experience what you really do the pretense of sharing your life. But then, why not?

  5. alexis says:

    I love your blog!! Am pretty religious with reading it as well and love that I still know what’s going on and how you’re doing eventhough neither of us are in Toronto all that much!

    You + Your Blogging = my happiness!
    xx

  6. Valery says:

    You cracked me up with….and I leave you with the sound of a deflating balloon.

    Also, you will be telling me more about the first email you mentioned.

    There will always be anonymous strange characters who have the disposable time to tell you how to live your life, but I think you’re doing a darn good job.

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