Last night’s blog post inspired me to rethink the way I blog. It felt so refreshing to simply open up a new post and write what I was thinking and try to spin my ideas in a creative way and really say what I was feeling in this moment. A blog is a funny thing because it is both a diary and a public soap box of sorts. Am I an entertainer, providing material for your viewing pleasure or a journalist chronicling my thoughts for myself to look back on, as well as future generations of my family? I know it’s both – but sometimes, lately, I think I only worry about the first part, which doesn’t make a ton of sense. I’m not Dooce and I don’t need to hold myself accountable to you, my audience.
I’m not stating that from this moment on I will only write “diary” style entries with no memes – I’ve tried to limit myself to less memes in the past and it doesn’t work because I like memes. But sometimes I think I cut my thoughts short and limit my “posts per day” if you can conceive of such a thing, out of fear of being a bother – of bugging you guys too much or something. That’s absurd – this is my blog – if I have something to say, even if it’s god forbid another meme, where say it but here? I don’t expect any of you loyal readers to read every word I write – I know that I don’t always deliver the same amount of attention to your blogs, although I try. It’s like last week, on the In My Opinion video meme I recorded about whether society or the individual should be placed first – I think that my ‘healthy balance between the two’ has been skewed – for no real reason.
So what am I saying? I’m probably going to start writing more – because I don’t feel the need to limit my current level of memeing but I don’t think I’m doing nearly enough just journaling of my life. Last night’s post felt so real to me, so current and relevent to my soul and with so many big changes coming – a new baby and soon a new job for Dan and maybe a new home – I want to make sure I’m writing all this stuff down and getting my thoughts out there to look back on later, or maybe to share with my family someday – heck if I actually start writing stuff of worth I could even publish some of this stuff as a book someday. You know, it could happen.
8 responses to “Thoughts On Blogging”
i rely on memes a lot, too. blogging is very individual–for myself, I’ve learned that i’m too private a person to do blog about all the stuff going on in my life. I did a few personal posts, and then after I hit the “publish” button, felt like i did the blogging equivalent of drinking and dialing. But anyway, that’s me, and I applaud those whom can be more open about stuff!
I agree with all of the above. Sometimes it’s not about being witty or entertaining to your readers, it’s about getting stuff off our chest, or just jotting down what’s going in your life. God knows my posts about selling my house aren’t exciting but it’s what’s current and relevant, so it’s what I write.
AMEN!!! It is all about balance but in the end you should write what brings you joy. It is YOUR blog! I look forward to reading more posts like the one you did last night. It was excellent. The bottom line is you are a great writer–keep it coming!! 🙂
You do what is best for you. Blogging should be about entertaining yourself not others.
Good for you, Jen. Good for you. Just be yourself – we like YOU. Write whatever is in your heart, we’ll be here to read it.
Its your blog, friend. I would love to know more about your life and how you feel about things(like movies with kids dying in them for example).
I love the meme’s, too.
So do both.
&I’m so not a fan of dooce. I don’t see what the big deal is.
Personally, I love the “honest and open” things, but they might get boring if that’s all anyone ever posted. Variety is awesome! Here I am in my tenth year of blogging, and I love being able to look back at my kids’ development, silly stories, etc. I don’t care if no one else is interested besides my mom. 🙂
I wouldn’t worry at all about what other people think, and just use your blog for whatever you choose.
I say keep the Memes and blogging coming! That’s what we come here for is to hear about you and what’s going on with you and your life. I think of it as calling up a friend on the phone..and not actually having to call/talk.
Shoot, if people don’t like it, they don’t have to read it.