Monday, February 07, 2005

To blog, or not to blog

This blog… one of thousands, indeed, tens of thousands, read by some, not by many. This fact, not of great consequence to its writer, yet the arrogance is enough to expose it to strangers for examination, praise or ridicule and everything that can be said or written under the sun and in-between eclipses.

Since beginning my odyssey into the blogosphere, I have learned some, questioned more, and come away with bits and pieces of truth that spoke to me and which I have since incorporated into my life. Even those blogs that irritate my senses are well-written, its writers truly expressing their truth. Of course, I’m talking about political blogs.

I have laughed, I have cried, I have strung expletives, all part of the experience of “meeting” new people via their blog, and trying to figure out what makes them write what they write. As I read more into the world of blogging; its history and its growth, I’m impressed by the sheer numbers of writers out there, including how it is re-shaping media interaction with us folks on the end of the tele-tube. I like the idea that I am a part of history and in my own way, I’m contributing something.

I’ve also noticed that for many, blogging is a hobby to de-stress or celebrate a happy, even sad event. For myself, my blog highlights my poetry, or a thought, or a political view or the artist in me. My writing skills have certainly improved and I’ve learned that as a copy editor, I should never take what I post for granted. Edit! Edit! And Edit some more! Nothing makes me wince more than to see a glaring typo after posting, my fingers hurriedly making corrections, hopeful that no one comes across the glaring mistakes until I’ve made corrections. I know, I know... proofread before you publish!

Some blogs that I have blogrolled are of interest to me and I have become a frequent visitor to their site. I usually leave comments, most of them, I hope, encouraging or honest, and I have found the same respect from those who leave comments on my site. For those who frequently visit and comment, I thank you.

I made a promise to myself that I would post at least once a day and since I began, I’ve kept that promise. But this endeavor is also good training… leading up, hopefully, to discipline, something my godmom will say, I lack. I’ll prove her wrong.

I wanted to share these thoughts with fellow bloggers and I hope that as I progress as a writer, my posts will progress as well.

To all fellow bloggers, blog the day.



Blogger Steven Swain said...

Eloqant to a fault! I think you speak for nearly everyone who has a blog.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Peter Allyn said...

You have described my blog life perfectly.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I read this post, I was beginning to panic as to where you were going with it. I'm glad it didn't end with you announcing a cessation of I am the Hermit! I've enjoyed reading it often.


4:56 AM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

Great photos, interesting thoughts. Thank you.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Puma said...

I blog to vent, and because it forces me to articulate what I really think. I find the moment I sit down to write about politics and religion (my "theme" is hypocrisy I suppose) is the exact moment I am required to examine my own beliefs and opinions. I learn a lot this way!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Frally said...

Here! Here! I understand exactly what you are saying. Also, blogging is cheaper than therapy!

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