June 25, 2002

Everything's Got to Have

Everything's Got to Have a Point!

The Point!, which spawned "Me and My Arrow" (later recycled in a popular car commercial), tells the tale of Oblio, a little boy born into a community in which everything--the people, the buildings, the animals--literally has a point. Everything, that is, except Oblio, who is hopelessly roundheaded and is banished to the Pointless Forest as a consequence. Eventually, after many odd adventures, Oblio and his canine companion, Arrow, return home, having learned that everything--particularly that which seems pointless--has a point, including our hero.

Or does it? Listening to my good buddy Harry Nillson (author of The Point!) this morning, I wondered again, as I do every day, what is the POINT of this weblog? Why am I guilty of adding to the teething sea of words that waterlogs our poor brains in this age of "information"?

Hmmm. I am not doing it for the fame and glory. Far as I can tell, I get about 10 unique visitors daily (some are clones of prior visitors) and am 'linked' on, oh, about two other weblogs. There has been an occassional reference to some snippet I have written (I specialize in snippets, which are like haiku, except not as cerebral, without meter, and they don't usually have a point).

I guess if Fragments has a point, it is this:

It has opened my eyes and ears to things that before I would think: that's interesting, I would like to share that with someone, no one is around to listen, forget it. Now, even if no one reads it, these little brain cookies have the potential to reach thousands all around the world. Weblogs are about potential.

"How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" said Alice (or was it the Hatter, or...) Writing in a permanent, accessible and widely available form gives me a motive to write, and accountability to others, strangers, family, gifted writers. I confess to a long-latent urge to write, more than that, to have a purpose and an object of my writing. I can't say that I have found that yet. But this weblog is a first step out of the boat onto the glassy sea of faith. If it makes me a better writer, even if it is only for my own satisfaction, then I am willing to get water up my nose a few times.

We are geographically and socially isolated here on Goose Creek. That has got to change. We must find community, connectedness and a place to serve. Granted, electronic relationships are a poor substitute for the protoplasmic sort. But the sense of being 'in the current' of the social phenomenon of weblogging honestly gives me a small taste of doing something communal. Who knows how the web of connections via Fragments might open up opportunities to meet people in my county, region, state? Again, potential.

Lastly, (and the congregation breathes a sigh of relief), this online diary thing can be a legacy of who I was, what I thought, where I lived, what my world was like...for my children's children' children. I know precious little of those who begat me. I never cared to look until recently, and now, most are gone along with their memories. Trite perhaps, but I long for roots. Maybe fifty years from now, my great-great granddaugher will dig a CD out of a dusty trunk, copy it onto a microdot, and play it on her wristphone, and learn more about our times and one link in her chain of ancestry. I will have given her roots.

So...will I resign the weblog and skulk wimpering to the Pointless Forest, or stay and blog in obscurity with the illusion of Having A Point? Tune in tomorrow for the continuing story from Goose Creek.

Posted by fred1st at June 25, 2002 11:32 AM

I was very pleased to read your website and yes, there is indeed a point to it- and great potential. I am an Australian publisher of children's books - part of a very large publishing company and would very much like to be put in touch with your good friend Harry regarding the potential to make a beautiful picture book from that wonderful old story.
If you can help, please contact me on the email address I have provided.
I look forward to hearing from you.
xxDyan Blacklock

Posted by: dyan blacklock at July 17, 2003 12:11 AM

The Point was my point in the early 70s

Posted by: Dee at October 8, 2003 09:19 PM

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