Today marks the anniversary of The Xarker Manifesto, the first first of more than 400 posts filed here in the past 365 days. Here's the opening salvo from that original (and lengthy) document:
- There are no unrelated topics.
- Life is more complex than the simplistic this-or-that filters we typically apply in writing and thinking about it.
- Rather than continue the important discussions in traditional frames that have proven to be less than effective, xarkers go look for new frames. Sometimes the best new frames just come up in casual conversation.
- Xarkers will try practically anything. Once. Most of us have the scars to prove it.
- Xarkers do not do unsuccessful things over and over whilst complaining that the outcome never changes.
- Xarkers enjoy studying and examining traditions, but they are not bound by anyone's traditions, including their own.
- Xarkers are more interested in understanding subjects in useful ways than they are in stockpiling rhetorical ammunition for future arguments.
- Xark! transcends political and spiritual orthodoxy. It is neither liberal nor conservative, Christian or non-Christian, quantum nor relativistic.
- Nothing is more boring than grasping a subject via hard work and study but being forced to re-state its most basic concepts on demand as new people enter the conversation. Consequently, xarkers avoid excessive entanglements with true believers, fundamentalists and other buzz-kills.
- Xarking rejects boredom and redundancy. Xarkers shun any argument that supports itself via the contention that more boredom will lead to something valuable.
A year later, I'm still proud of those statements. I enjoy writing here just as much as I did in 2005, and our readership has grown into a diverse mix of local bloggers, old friends, new friends, people we've never met but know by handle, readers who have no idea who we are but enjoy the site and, of course, thousands of people who have shown up here to look at pictures of the world's ugliest dog, or via the search term "snakes on a plane"...
A good blog is judged as much by the people who participate in its threads as by the writers who post. So to all of you who read here and comment here, thank you. Thank you very much.
Here's to Year 2!