I think there may be a misconception as to why I write my posts, select the subjects I choose, and my style of composing text. I have a site on Word Press where I publish an essay once a week (www.irvcigarbroker.wordpress.com). I also share it on Facebook for my friends, a variety of groups, (most of which I have been asked to join), and individual direct messages.
I began this blog over 1000 essays ago to give the reader a taste of how cigars and the industry interact with our culture from my perspective as a cigar broker. By culture, I am referring to “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.” (Google). I never said, wrote, inferred, or intended the blog to be anything more than my viewpoint.
On the site, the reader will not find the casual or standard cigar review; the reader will not find the casual or standard profile; the reader will not find the casual or standard style of writing; and, the reader will definitely not find the casual or standard subject matter – though each article intertwines in some way, shape or form with cigars – however minute that connection may be.
My point is to link cigars, its history, its personalities, its mere fact of being to whatever I find makes a lucid and entertaining read – with a twist. Oftimes, the connection is rock-solid, other times the mixture of culture and cigars is a bit more complex and challenging.
We were taught in journalism 101 that the news is written for those who want to get through the day’s events without any effort, ergo the lead – who, what, when, where, and why (and sometimes how.) That is still the goal of journalists provided that’s all the author of the article intends it to be.
But I thought it would be interesting, née, a challenge to link art, dance, music, sculpture, literature, poetry, and the sciences with the cigar simply because they coexist! There is a relationship that exists between the two – however slim that link may be. True, oftimes, I do go off on a tangent that even becomes a confounding maze for me to figure out the connection, but I do it to produce a challenge for the reader and for myself as the author.
In short, please enjoy my work for what it is. If you appreciate it – fantastic. If not, really, all you have to do is scroll down and you’re over it – literally and figuratively. No need to get nasty.
So I will continue to write every day. From those articles, I will pick out what I am convinced is an essay that will tantalize the reader’s intellect and post it. And if a reader is smoking a cigar while perusing the piece, it’s even more ideal and enjoyable. Why? Because very often I’m puffing away myself as I’m scratching out an essay on my pad so that in the end the reader will hopefully absorb some enjoyment from it – even if just for a few minutes in what has become a very hellacious world to comprehend.