Why I Blog

by Cole Matson

My friend Lynn has tagged me in a “Why I Blog” meme (and a pax upon her). So to make her happy, here are some reasons:

1) To keep friends apprised of my goings-on. I have had many people ask me to keep them up-to-date on life in England when I go over. This way, I can provide all that information in one place, and just give them a URL.

2) To earn a living. I hope to blog professionally, as a source of direct and indirect income. I am a freelancer by nature, so my income comes from a variety of creative activities. Therefore, don’t be surprised if you see ads popping up soon (once I get this blog transferred from a free wordpress.com account to a professional set-up on my own domain). I’ll try to make them as unobtrusive as possible, though, because that’s not why you’re here. In addition, a blog provides a professional “home base” on the web, where people can come to find me if they want me. I’m going to continue to add Inklings resources to this blog as I go along (such as the new link in my blogroll to the Charles Williams Society – see more about C.W. below), to provide value to you, my awesome readers.

3) Related to #2, I want to write, and blogging has so far been the only form of writing I’ve kept up consistently. (Before this, I’ve been writing in a personal blog on LiveJournal for about 5 1/2 years.) The theme of this blog – C.S. Lewis, Christianity, and the Arts at Oxford – was specifically chosen to help me focus my writing on the themes I’ve been interested in during my acting career so far, and the topic I want to write a book about – the moral responsibility of the Christian artist. I’ve been doing research on what C.S. Lewis has to say on this topic for over a year now, in what spare time I have left from my two jobs plus freelancing. This research has involved re-reading (or reading for the first time) all of Lewis’ books. I just finished Arthurian Torso, Lewis’ commentary on Charles Williams‘ Arthurian poetry.

(If you’re at all interested in the Matter of Britain, I can’t recommend more highly reading the two parts of Williams’ Cycle – Taliessin through Logres and The Region of the Summer Stars. Though be warned: they’re difficult. Even Lewis says he is “baffled” by several poems. You may want to read Lewis’ commentary first. He suggests a chronological order for reading the poems. I read the poems first, because I wanted to read them fresh, without any explanation, but I plan to re-read them now that Lewis has helped me understand much of the symbolism and imagery. I’ll be writing more about them later.)

The numbering should probably be reversed, because as listed, my reasons are in order of increasing priority. I should mention I also blog for my current employer, the Baltimore Theatre Alliance, at the BTA Blog.

No tags, because that’s just how I roll.