I’ve been pondering a clean up of the blog roll. Not so much a cull, although it feels a bit like that, but to take out the links to blogs that aren’t being updated or I’m just not reading. There is only so much time in the day. It feels a bit like a snub, which is not what I intend, so that’s put me off a bit. No doubt I’ll rev up to it later in the month.
The whole ‘quiet blog’ thing got me thinking. I was going to ask: what keeps people blogging? But there’s another side to that and that is: why do folk give up? Is it that it doesn’t reward them in some way? Now, by reward, I mean emotional reward. I don’t mean hit rate or comments but the act of feeling like you’ve done something. Could it be time? After all, is this a worthy investment of ones personal time? Do you have better things to do than empty your head on topics that have already been discussed? Maybe the blog acts as a record of a journey and once that’s done, so the blog can be closed. Does fear come into it? What if you’re spotted by someone? Gasp! Sure, the Internet is a big place but it’s not *that* big. Maybe it’s as the late Mr Williams supposedly said: “there’s the element of the confessional.” Maybes, but I’m not seeking forgiveness. If anything – and if I’m really, really honest – acceptance. That I think is most people want. But, hey, I could be wrong. 😉
The truth of it is that I don’t know for sure and can only speculate. I’m a curious person (Ed: a nice way of saying ‘nosey cow’) and I enjoy reading what other people have to say. When people stop writing, I do wonder where that takes them. What are they doing now?
Personally, my weekly output doesn’t feel like a chore, more an indulgence. A bit of time to sit back and write about the good stuff that’s happened. Equally, when I’ve felt a bit ‘out of it’ this blog has helped me. Perhaps more accurately, talking – if we can call this written medium that – about the issue du jour has helped. There’s also the feedback I get. I get to hear people’s experiences and a breadcrumb trail back to their blog…. to read what they want to talk about.
So that’s me done for another action packed episode (Ed: ooo, the sarcasm). All I that remains is for me to wish you a very merry Christmas!
[ Today’s lyric: Round Round by The Sugababes. ]