The Slow Movement challenges the "cult of speed" - described by Carl Honore in his 2004 book In Praise of Slow. Honore sees himself as a radical activist who, in a world of ever growing and developing technologies, reminds us we must not forget human needs . I am a fan of slowness and to me gardening epitomizes this philosophy. Gardens develop over time, and the act of gardening is an investment in a future that is never completely predicable. Gardening can be a meditative, reflective, mindful process - as well as an outcome. This blog used to be called Slow Garden.
And now to my delight, I discover Slow Blogging. The Slow Blog Manifesto starts off: "Slow Blogging is a rejection of immediacy. It is an affirmation that not all things worth reading are written quickly, and that many thoughts are best served after being fully baked and worded in an even temperament. "
There can be tyranny in the pressure to produce postings. Rewards are accrued to those who are most active - they are the ones who are ranked highly - and who are noticed. I need to work out my own pace, my own priorities, and the Slow Blog Manifesto reminds me that blogging, like gardening is fundamentally about appreciating the Now, the process, and not just about results.