Google: All About Research

I am a research junkie.

I could be better about it. I could go more in-depth; read more classical sources; keep better notes and records. But I am pretty sold on my current method of Google.

My process is very loose: I find a dangling thread, and follow it as far back as I can. Eventually, I hit a wall and cannot find any more leads. Then I wait. 

Days, weeks, or months later, a new dangling thread emerges, and suddenly I am back on Google wondering where all the new material appeared from. I find ties and links I searched desperately for before, but could not find any. New doors open, and new information practically falls into my lap.

I joke around about the God of Google having a guiding hand in my researching. But truthfully, I do believe someone or something has a hand at this dissemination of information. Making sure I stay on target, and focused on what I need, when I need it.

I stopped researching several months ago. This was rough, considering I used to spend a handful of hours daily reading about mythology, but I just could not figure out where to go next. Then a friend of mine posted something interesting that gave me a new lead, and suddenly I was knee-deep in reading about Anat, Atargatis, and Derceto, for a good six hours. 

Why do I research things? I guess I am looking for context. I could leave things as UPG, but it feels incomplete. I like the merging of UPG and historical precedence. I love how, when they mingle, beautiful paintings can emerge. And I like the idea of being able to help bring old snippets from a mostly-lost culture, back to life for people today. I love that moment of things clicking into place, when UPG no longer is unverified, but seen for having happened before to others. There is a comfort in that.

I know people who rely almost solely on research and historical documentation. I know people who rely entirely on their UPG and could not care less what a dusty old book says. But the former is the head; the latter is the heart; and only when we marry the two, can real magic happen.

About Reconstructing the Labyrinth

Hello! My name is Bri, and I run the blog Reconstructing the Labyrinth. I am a pagan who works primarily with the Minoan pantheon, of which I believe myself to be an incarnate member. I am also genderqueer, pansexual, and demisexual. I have a wonderful, loving partner. I am a mixed-media artist and writer with a great fondness for plaid and amaretto-flavored coffee.
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