A lot has happened in my life recently that I typically don’t divulge on the blog. I could write about it, and in some instances, I may at some point. But writing is a strange creature, to me. My writing mindset has to be *on*. Plus it feels like my words need to rattle around in my brain a little before I can type them out and hurl them into the social internet.
If too much goes on and I feel stuck, but still have a need to reach out to my blogging community, I do so by story-telling. (Or ranting, at times…😳).
Sometimes, when I feel particularly overwhelmed or weighed down, I write about light, simple, or fun topics. It seems to be a method for engaging a different channel in my brain, to allow my creativity about something less serious or tragic to populate my grey matter. You know what I mean, right?
Just look at my most recent posts. I talked about bone broth and frisky herbs. Or, I wrote about hiding candy from the kids, or about grammar and semi-colons…
I write like this during a still ongoing pandemic, major political upheaval in many countries, and multiple tragedies both at the home front and in the world.
Because sometimes, I just can’t process it all. Much less write deep and thought provoking blog posts about all of these issues. (Doesn’t mean I don’t think about them. Also doesn’t mean I’m sitting idle and doing nothing about them; like I said, sometimes I just don’t divulge it all on this blog.)
Having said that, there have been, over the years, several deep and thought provoking posts. One most recently, several in the past that touch on midlife drama, reflection on various life stages, and related subjects. I could list them here, but then that would imply I’m justifying my blog to you, and I don’t feel like doing that.
Mostly, I write for me. But when I get interactions from you, it does something to my spirit. It elevates it. It helps me to distract from the heavy, frantic weariness I often feel these days (and weeks and months). I enjoy the blogging community, and I thank you for being a part of it.
Now I want to know what you think about all this. You feel up to reading and pondering my questions, have a go at it. If you like to respond, even better. This is my topic for the day. Happy Sunday!😊
All about blogging
1) Does belonging to a blogging community imply a responsibility toward the bloggers?
2) Does it become a want or a need to read, like and/or comment regularly?
3) If you read, like and especially comment at least semi-regularly on a select few blogs and thereby get to *know* that blogger a little, does this relationship qualify as friendship?
4) Is a virtual relationship through a blog real?
5) Do you feel reading there every time they post is the responsible thing to do or do you drop off on occasion?
6) If you drop off, what are the reasons you are taking a break?
7) What if you extend the relationship with a blogger beyond the blog and start emailing with them? Does this make the relationship more intimate, more real?
8) With those more intimately connected bloggers whom you have an exterior relationship with (say through email) do you take the opportunity to check in with them when you read between the lines something they posted in their blog?
9) When you formulate an opinion on a blogger based solely on what you read on their blog, do you make assumptions about them and/or their personality, character, lifestyle?
I will answer my own questions after I give them some thought. For now, I will only say this:
Blogging is not dead (to me). I enjoy both writing and reading, and especially discovering new blogs.
My stats have increased quite significantly over the past year, mostly organically (i.e. I don’t advertise much, mostly I just comment on newly discovered blog posts if they intrigue me enough.)
If I do comment on a newly discovered blog post, I may dabble in that blog a little, starting with the About page. That’s why I wrote so much about that topic recently; many people either have no About page, or if they do, it’s out of date and not relevant to what I just finished reading on their blog.
I don’t typically follow everyone, and I can’t read everyone all the time either. You must be in the same boat; most people are. There is only so much time…
However, I do try to make an effort to engage with those whom I have developed a relationship with, whether through the blog alone or beyond.
This is called nurturing, I think. The blog, the author behind the blog, the friendship.
Anyway, it’s your turn. Looking forward to reading your thoughts.