The Terror of Titles

I had several hesitations about knuckling down and starting this blog, besides the fact that I should be doing homework.  My first hesitation stems from the utter failure I have been in the past at keeping blogs.  Yes, failure.  Once upon a time I was stellar at keeping journals, but somehow, that knack has been lost.  So, as I intrepidly begin the blog, the question of whether or not it will remain in existence steadily lingers in the back of my mind.  Perhaps the fact that I have a purpose in this blog will aid me in this endeavor.

My second, and the more monumental hesitation, is that I’m a very indecisive person when it comes to little things.  This is a problem when it comes to issues like titles.  I debated extensively over what to call this blog.  The intention of this blog is to chronicle my meanderings around the world.  Not just in Italy, although that will be where I spend most of my time in the next 8 or months, but also as I traverse the island of Taiwan and take an excursion to Thailand.  It is supposed to house pictures of cool things, fascinating bits of information learned, or bizarre cross-cultural experiences.  And then, of course, I’ll end up in Italy…

That being said, I decided to entitle this blog “Chasing Aeneas.”  No, I’m not going to try and track down where the legendary Aeneas is buried and prove the validity of myths.  Rather, I chose the title “Chasing Aeneas” because of the meandering path that this legendary character took before reaching Italy.  Aeneas was a nomad, as am I.  Orvieto will be my home for four months; after that, I’ll head to who knows where.  Granted, I didn’t leave my home because it was being torched to the ground, but Aeneas traveled and impacted many different cities.  So in a sense, I’ll be chasing down how he lived–moving from place to place.  And besides, I had to pick someone who was in some way connected to Italy through Roman history, since that’s where I’ll be.

So there’s a feeble attempt to explain my reasoning and my goals for this blog.  I’ll try to start posting once I’ve left the country and have some excellent cultural error stories…

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One thought on “The Terror of Titles

  1. lbm says:

    I like your title. Best of luck on your endeavor of blogging! I can’t wait to read about all your exciting experiences. Miss you!

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