Learning New Things
You think you have the idea for your next post. Just a quick blurb about the thing. Then you start to do some light research on the thing. And realize, like Jon Snow, you know nothing. Now, this is not inherently a bad thing. It can be a VERY bad thing if you proceed to write on what you know nothing about. If you're smart, you'll slow your roll, figure out how to pivot the idea. I'm trying to be smart.
I'm already certain I will be re-visiting several of the blog posts I've written during this trek. Updating them with more current or accurate information. Among the things I actually DID know, is that fashion in Asia changed as dramatically and rapidly as fashion in Europe did. Why wouldn't it? Now to prove it. And there in lies the bulk of what I don't know.
While I want very much to learn about the various dynasties, a simple Google search revealed just how challenging this could be. Being all about silk is fantastic, if you're of European descent and you want to know all about Italian Silk, or French Silk, or Spitalfields Silk. But when you are truly obsessive, when you want to track it back to the source, and the source is something you know nothing about...like, say for example, China...out comes the old college research ability. Skills I thought I didn't need anymore. Like the humbling time I confessed to my dad that yes, I did in fact need algebra. And he laughed at me. Because he's my dad.
So I return again to the Google cave, having randomly selected the Song Dynasty to start with. And immediately hit upon a Fantastic Blog. Which happily is a jumping off point. Oh, and so is this $99 book. Which I found through bookfinder.com for the bargain basement price of $78. But, when one quests for knowledge, one hits the books.
And hopefully comes out the other side having learned something useful.