To Blog or Not To Blog

That is the question…

Many times over the last few years I have set myself up a blog with good intentions.

Sometimes I even get as far as writing one or two posts.  But I have never made it further than that.

For the most part, I just lack the discipline.

I honestly do love writing, but I just can’t bring myself to do it regularly.  And I know this means that I can have little hope of ever improving – because without practice how can one ever expect to improve at anything.  I will always be the first to admit that my writing could do with a lot of improving.  Also I always feel like I am distinctly lacking anything interesting to write about.

But now I am living abroad and going on adventures, and I feel like I am squandering this wonderful opportunity by NOT writing about it.  But then again, everyone here also blogs.  So is blogging just a great big cliché now? 

What is the point of blogging?

Does anyone ever read blogs?

How many blogs are drifting out in cyberspace, forgotten by their owners and unread by the citizens of the internet?

This blog, for one, has been out there for over a year yet this is the first post.  To be fair, it did HAVE posts but I didn’t feel they were relevant to who I am or what I want to say any longer.  So they were deleted.

Maybe that is the point of blogging.

Maybe one day in a hundred years or so, someone will stumble across my blog and get a glimpse of what life was like in the distant past.

That would be pretty neat.  HELLO, FUTURE PEOPLE!

Are you reading this on a computer?  Or a smartphone? Or do we all have microchip implants that project images directly onto our retinas now?

I don’t know why I used “we”.  I guess because I’m just assuming that human beings are still the dominant lifeforms on the internet, and I am just including myself in that group because if my blog lives on in cyberspace, then so do I.

Is THAT the point of blogging?  To leave a part of oneself behind, in cyberspace?  Because everyone knows that once something is on the internet then it is there forever.  That’s why you should never send nudes to your lover.

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I’ve been inspired by a friend to give blogging another go.  Because if she can do it, then so can I…

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“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” — Anaïs Nin

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2 thoughts on “To Blog or Not To Blog

  1. I’ve never considered blogging as a way to leave part of yourself behind, but it’s actually quite a nice thought, for some perhaps, to see how you change over time, for better or worse, and that you’d learn from it. Blogging, for me, is usually a way to share my writing—despite how little there is at the moment—or to discuss something that’s been on my mind; other times, it can act as a journal of sorts, to relieve any stresses, but not too frequently as I wouldn’t want to bring too much of a personal aspect into it. An insightful post. 🙂

    1. Thanks 🙂

      I like the idea of a blog being a sort of journal. But you’re definitely right, there’s a fine line before things get too personal…

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