2020 is finally here. The beginning of a new year. New decade, new beginnings and new (old) resolutions.
Blogging was never my strength- but a good friend and colleague keeps bugging me on this matter (since 2012). So, Craig, this is our 8th Bugging Year Anniversary without delivering- so I will at least give it a try. This is my first 2020 (Olympic) Year resolution- and wish to start this year/decade with a public commitment to blogggggginngggK (with accent)- at least once a week.
The goal- and strong drive- is to show commitment in putting on a piece of paper, expressions, thoughts, inspirations, frustrations, visions- on academic and non-academic topics (WITH typos) .
My challenge, is to put- no more than 500 words on a piece of paper (worddoc paper to be precise)- as per the guidelines given by Dr. Craig Zelizer and PCDN (by the way- if you are reading this – you should also check out their great new website and amazing work they do across the globe)- everything should start with a definition. So question #1. What is blogging.
Based on Craigian Wisdom “ There is no standard length for a blog, but in general a good blog will be longer than a Tweet (140 characters) and many experts suggest shorter than 500 words (but of course this varies widely according to the audience and content). (Craig Zelizerian wisdom, 2019 – and don't forget to login and subscribe)
Remove every challenge that can be an obstacle for keeping this committed- so blogging should not take more than 27 minutes. (what do you think Craig? What does your wisdom say about time)
Talking about time- the goal is to …“block, blogging time - and space- in artistic- out of the box writing.
Definition #2. What is Lyroneia? Lyronea is lyroneia/ ΛΥΡΟνεια refined- ειρωνια Λυρικής Προελεύσεως)- Soooo: for the non-greek speakers, Lyronea is a concept I got from my muses few years ago- and I thought about revising it- to give more meaning and dimensions to the worddd- (Lyras is my last name by the way) not Lairas- nor Liras. The first is bad pronunciation. The second- is a currency- (bir lira- Μιά Λίρα- ΕΝΤ ιφ γιου καν νοτ προναουνς Ιτ– το μυαλό σου και μια Λίρα – Thanks for reminding me the expression my dear ΝΥfriend ).
Concentrate: Lyra (Apollo's, and Muses music instrument Note to elaborate another day)
The type of writing will have multiple dimensions free falling of creative writing shots of espresso- in other words- small in size but strong in richness.
So- what does Olympia Lyronea stands for? For the moment- there are three dimensions (we can add more later on). The first- refers to a safe space for writing and expression of anything that comes to my mind without filter.
Olympia refers to content- as well as process- Inspirations from Olympia (the mountain at the backgrounddd picture) (in greek- τεηκ a ΛούΚ behind δισ τεξτ). THANK YOU for the picture, Randeep sensei) – as well as the Olympian Heritage …most famous mountain by the way (make a note and underline to write more about it in future bloggingggzzz) TIAS students will soon be there (2020 Flame ceremony study trip student requirement #1: like and share if you are reading this)
Lyronea- in GreekKKK (with or without accent) sounds like LyroNews. News updates and throughs I wish to share with my colleagues, friends and students.
Lyroneia (with greekglish typo) has another Rooot. It seeks to blend news, inspirations, creative, out of the box writing- in search of- and for reaching closer to ….the truth- real and ideal. My road to Olympia in other words- with a 2020 pit stop road to Tokyo and Fuji Mountain (#roadtotokyo #roadtoFuji #ViaOlympiaroundabout)
Eironeia – Irony (Ειρωνεία) (anoooother Greeek Fat wedding wooord) in the context of Socratic Irony and Tragic Irony (more words that lost their meaning in translation).
If we exclude the words I used from another source (copy-paste from PCDN)- we are good to go. Reached the goal 591
2020 Olympia Lyronea 1.1
(first blog, first mont of year)