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“Fancy a Quickie?” — Zen and the Art of Bonsai Blogging

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Day 008 (Photo credit: merrick_monroe)

I can only surmise that the world’s various educational systems are to blame. Hell, I mean, everybody is too damn literate! Absolutely everybody now can write like they went to journalism school, whether they ever actually attended any such institution or not!

What the f#$k?!

You don’t believe me? Then check out any of the squintillion or so other blogs being posted somewhere around the planet at this very second.

Sobering, huh?

Which is why I am here today advocating the gentle (and very Zen) art of Bonsai blogging. This I believe being the only answer to the very real risk we all face of being swamped by a veritable tsunami of well-written words.

So keep it short and pithy, people, when blogging. Prune and condense your prose. Make your new thought-piece about myopic biopic producers bring to mind the awe and wonder that a miniature, 1000-year-old Japanese maple tree might provoke.

But how? How is this to be achieved? I hear you demand to know.

Well, here’s my sole tip: Come to the point quickly, or get your hand off it!

Explanation: Believe me, I’m in no way endorsing the literary equivalent of premature ejaculation per se. But simply pointing out that a “good” quickie quite often beats (hands down) a whole lot of writerly intellectual foreplay that hasn’t any actual real grunt or thrust behind it.

So, what do you say? Because I still haven’t heard your answer to my titular question…

PS. If you’re a dude, my question remains largely rhetorical, okay.

A Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Kiyo-hime') b...

A Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Kiyo-hime’) bonsai on display at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the United States National Arboretum. According to the tree’s display placard, it has been in training since 1946. It was donated by Akiko Matsudaira. This is the “back” of the planting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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