What’s it all about?

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I think I need to blog more, purely for my own benefit…I enjoy it and start to feel twitchy if I haven’t written anything for a while. I think it’s the act of creating something that I enjoy so much, life is full of consuming so producing is a good antidote to that. Slightly more tricky, however, now my son doesn’t nap!

Instead, I’ve been thinking about blogging. Let me rephrase that, I’ve been overthinking my hobby of blogging. And then I started to feel a tad disillusioned but I’m not completely sure with what, so have decided to try and work it out by blogging, which seems sensible.

Ok, definitely my blog. I want it to look better, it needs a redesign and I have a logo ready and waiting but can’t work out how to use it. I’m on it though…change will happen!

Other bits to do with my blog annoy me as well. I mean ‘LJ’…I am so fed up with writing that. It’s clearly not my son’s name and doesn’t even sound like him either. It was supposed to be the initial of his middle name with ‘Little’ in front of it. But I got fed up writing ‘Little’ each time, so shortened it to LJ. Both configurations annoy me. A lot. So I think I’ll change that soon. I don’t think anyone will notice!

The blogosphere (check me out with the technical terms) is definitely saturated/oversaturated maybe, but I’m not really sure that matters. I enjoy blogging so I blog. I didn’t even know there was a ‘blogosphere’ when I started. I think perhaps the disillusionment related to this can be attributed to some sort of confused pursuit of originality on my behalf. We all want to be original don’t we? But perhaps not different? I don’t know.

Also in a moment of recklessness a few weeks ago I sent a few posts to Huffington Post and now can call myself a Huffington Post Blogger, or possibly a HuffPost Blogger. I’m very grateful for this and have been very proud of fellow bloggers when this happened for them, but my fug of disillusionment has made me question why this is considered such an accolade.

Apart from some funny, thoughtful and fabulous posts by fellow bloggers, a lot of the Huff Post content that appears on my FB newsfeed really doesn’t resonate with me. It is a nice feeling of validation (although again of what!?), but it feels although I should be using a more public platform for a better purpose. I call myself a feminist, maybe I should get a bit more shouty. But shouty just isn’t my style. Am I angry/sad enough to make a difference? Well that’s a whole other post. So I tell myself it will be useful for my CV, but then question what CV!?

Hmm, are you still with me?

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Ok, as a further little exercise to add some structure to my thoughts this morning I dug out my faithful friend, my gorgeous weighty tome, The New Oxford Dictionary of English and thumbed to ‘blog’. Hmm, nothing. I remembered the etymological origins and looked up ‘weblog’. Still nothing. Then I looked at the front page of the dictionary…it was published in 1998. One year before the word ‘blog’ was coined. Nothing ‘New’ about you then. Feeling suitably old I turned my attention to Wiktionary (what!!??) and here you go:

BLOG: website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal, sometimes letting readers comment on their posts.

Nothing we don’t already know, but I actually found this definition really useful. In an attempt to encourage myself to blog more I was starting to wonder if I should make my blog more of a diary, but there are a few key issues with this 1) I don’t think I’d have the energy for that 2) the posts would be seriously lacking in quality OR my child would be lacking in attention 3) this really only works with pretty pictures and I am a useless photographer 4) my daily life would probably need to be more interesting than it currently is.

Maybe the beauty of blogging is that it can be anything. A diary if you want it to be; a place to showcase creations (every artist should blog!); a place to share your passions such as reading, travelling, cooking; an informal way for a business to connect with clients; a place to share thoughts and mark memories; a platform for citizen journalism; and a place to create a brand out of yourself (although I’m a bit hazy on the mechanics of this last one!).

If it’s not for anyone other than yourself you can make it whatever you want, publish whatever you want and publicise wherever/however you want. If you end up meeting fellow bloggers who are just plain lovely then so much the better.

So, as you can see. I should probably just stick the kettle on and get on with it. But, thank you I feel much better now I’ve offloaded my meanderings on to you and I feel energised for a renewed period of (slightly) more frequent blogging (maybe)…

 

8 things I’ve learnt (not) blogging

I’ve got a little notebook that I stick any blogging ideas in that come to me. It used to look like this:

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But after ‘going public’ with my blog last month and then promptly (but fortunately only temporarily) losing the above model I upgraded to this:

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I wonder if it will start self-generating soon…

Anyway the point of this of rambling introduction is to say that both still have lots of ideas in them. Luckily for the internet I’ve got lots of things to say. It’s just that this week I haven’t really felt like saying any of them. I’ve started a few posts and not really felt inspired or motivated to finish any of them. My brain has been full up with other things and the blogging words just haven’t been flowing. Continue reading