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A non-introduction for a blog without a real focus

While trying assiduously to write my first post for Supposedly Good (delayed by holidays, writer’s block, and other excuses), I kept thinking about what I was really trying to accomplish by writing it. Will it be a music blog with some restaurant recommendations? Will it be a place to share things I find cool from my Google Reader feed? Will it be usable or filled with useless social commentary on subjects only I find interesting? I have been entirely unable to decide.

At the end of the day, I realized my purpose in writing Supposedly Good is nothing less than a personal exploration of modern urban culture (primarily through music, food, and ideas) as seen by a typical 20-something living in New York City.

This makes Supposedly Good exactly like thousands of other blogs in the blogosphere, most of which have a following of the author and their 5-10 internet savvy friends.

So why am I even bothering with something as potentially time-consuming and draining as blogging on ever-evolving scenes such as music, food, culture, radical ideas, and whatever else comes to mind? To start, it comes down to this simple yet brilliant motto a friend wrote in a piece that eventually was picked up by a major blog, which has subsequently brought her 1000 hits a day: “Blog for no one but your self; edit for the entire world.

I will be perfectly honest and admit my aspirations go somewhat beyond blogging for myself. I (or whoever else eventually writes for this blog) hope to provide something worthwhile for anyone who adds Supposedly Good to their RSS feed or otherwise reads it with some regularity. I will try to gradually roll out some semi-regular features, provide links to things I find interesting, chime in with opinions, and the like. At the end of the day, while being motivated by writing for oneself is the best way to keep a blog going, the only way to build a readership is to translate that to something useful and interesting.

(There is another justification in the About SG section in a tab at the top of the blog. I wrote it a few weeks ago before writing this first post. That’s pretty much true as well, but I keep finding more good reasons to get going with this blogging thing, so consider it a supplement.)

You might be wondering about the selection of the blog’s title, “Supposedly Good.” In the age of Facebook likes, Yelp, and Pitchfork, we as consumers of culture in all its various forms are constantly inundated with suggestions that things around us are “Good,” “Four stars,” or even “Perfect (10.0). In a day when no source can be reliably trusted, we can only treat these recommendations not as absolutes, but supposed absolutes. Only through personal experience can one effectively validate these claims. Supposedly Good, if it does have some focus, will seek to look at products (physical, cultural, and those that come in other forms) that are “supposedly good” and make its own conclusions on whether they should be accepted. It would be hypocritical to ask the readers of this blog to accept the opinions represented here fully, but the goal here is only to keep you reading, not to make absolute judgments that everyone should instantly trust.

Alright, enough of the over-indulgent, cliché, and unexciting philosophizing on the blog’s purpose. I felt I had to start somewhere. Here’s hoping Supposedly Good proves to be a fun and interesting read for everyone.

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