I remember back to when blogging was new. It wasn’t exactly new. It had been around a while, but the term “blogging” was new. Many of us were writing on GeoCities and other free formats which have long since disappeared. When blogging became a thing, I asked a friend of mine who was doing it what it was? He said it was just writing online.
Back then, we were trying to tell stories and show off pictures. Politically, the world had not yet gone wacko. Back then, it was pretty much like having a column in a newspaper or displaying photographs to someone who wasn’t looking at your computer. I actually think it was the photography that made me start blogging. I had so many pictures and they were just sitting in files. No one saw them who didn’t live here. I got self-conscious sending my pictures to all my friends and cluttering up their email.
What is it now? Despite the world having gone through enormous changes, I don’t think blogging is much different now than ten years ago. Some people want to make a political statement. For others, it’s like newspaper column. For others, it’s how we display our art, whether it’s painting or photography or something else. If it can be shown online, a blog is a good a place show it to others.
The connection is important to many of us. Not everyone is looking to inspire. Sometimes I’m feeling inspirational, but as often as not, I’m simply telling today’s story. One of the best things about blogging is instead of gnawing worry, I write. Writing has always helped me work through all kinds of issues including grief, fear, and the shocking reality of growing old.
I don’t think there’s anything mystical about the process. I try to post something every day, but I’m posting less because I’ve been doing this a long time. I’m finding life is getting in the way of blogging. Before that, blogging got in the way of life.
Speaking of non-inspirational, this post is deeply uninspired. I think over the past ten years, I’ve said everything I can think of, thought of, might think of in the future, about blogging. I have a lot of issues with our world, government, and trying to keep a natural environment so my granddaughter might have a decent world when she gets old. Even so, I don’t want to harp on this all the time. I get tired of my own voice, so surely so does everyone else!
If you wanted a one sentence “take” on blogging? I’d say it mean what it means. For some people, it’s publicity for books they wrote, or reviews of books. For many, it’s all about art and for others, all about a point of view. I know others blog for entirely different reasons than mine and that’s fine.
More power to you all!