April 1st, 2020 was to have been the opening date for my revamped imagiNed.com website. For a humor blog, April Fool’s is a great day for a grand opening, or so it seemed some months ago.
Now, the day has come, and it’s no joke. On this day, societies around the world are in unprecedented crisis. The months leading up to this COVID-19, Coronavirus pandemic have been increasingly disruptive, hence this website is nowhere near ready for launch. Even if it were, The situation is so serious that the introduction of light-hearted, silly material might seem inappropriate, or at least tone-deaf.
The site’s not completely ready. People are preoccupied, panicked. Not gonna get much mindshare doing a product introduction during a disaster. All good reasons to POSTPONE, CANCEL, THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME.
Yet, my inner voice (my intuition, my imagination – this is imagined.com, after all) tells me that this is EXACTLY THE RIGHT TIME to reintroduce imagined.com. In this time of imposed isolation, the world (“the world” – Hah! probably just a few friends at best) might welcome my quasi-cosmic, cutesy / quirky style of humor.
No matter that there’s not much of that humorous material posted to this site yet. Even that shortcoming resonates with our current situation: the shelves are there, but they are mostly empty. Let’s all eagerly anticipate an abundant resupply.
All around, there are parallels to be drawn, metaphors to be made, lessons to be learned. Lessons can be learned best, I believe, with laughter, even in a time of tears. Those little bits of laughter, I’ll do my best to bring them about. Join me on the journey if you wish. All are invited, all are welcomed.
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