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Recent thoughts about blogging

I love my blog.

I nearly said I "used to love" my blog. Because back in the day, I blogged all the time. I did projects. I shared thoughts.

Of course, once upon a time, nearly everyone was on LJ, and in the intervening years, most people scattered elsewhere, and it got harder to keep up with one another. And I got happier in my personal life, and less active in my online life, even though here inside the computer is where I can find so many of my friends. (So few are local - alas!) And I got more handicapped off and on by my autoimmune diseases, and fell off my blog entirely.

But here's the thing: I love my blog. I love sharing things with others, even though it's rare that I get tons of comments or feedback here. And I got to thinking how easy it is to STOP doing the things we like for a variety of reasons. (This is the first in one of several posts, and I have many thoughts on this.)

In the case of my blog, I think it's because I started to take it too seriously, and I therefore put pressure on myself to keep up in a particular way. I get that I "needed" to post reviews, since I'd done them. And month-long projects and readalongs (ditto). If I didn't have something brilliant to say, or couldn't come up with a "worthy" topic, why bother? (Makes me think of a line from Pride and Prejudice, in which Elizabeth Bennet says, ". . . unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the éclat of a proverb." That about sums it up, no?)

And the answer to the question whether I blog or not is - or should be - because I love my blog. I love those of you who read and those who comment. It helps me to organize my thoughts from time to time. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment, even if I'm not getting much other writing done.

So I'm going to see what I can do about blogging a bit more. Because I can. Because I want to.

I hope you'll read along. And maybe comment, now and again.

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 26th, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
I love LJ, and I'm glad you're still here. I don't post as often as I used to either, but I do read my f-list nearly every day. I wish more people would come back. Perhaps we should start a "Come back to LJ!" campaign...
Aug. 26th, 2016 07:18 pm (UTC)
They all seem so happy with their Wordpress sites and such that I doubt anyone will come back. But the community here was spectacular, back in the day, and everyone seems to miss it, even though they won't return to it. *shrugs*

Thanks for reading and commenting. It makes my day.
TS Davis
Aug. 26th, 2016 10:11 pm (UTC)
It was so, so, SO fun, back in the day, when there were all these major group Projects and Things with the blogging, but it DID put SO much pressure on us to be and create and perform... community and communication. And that's a LOT for a LOT of us.

I'm glad you've never given it up, and whenever you post, my blog keeper makes sure I find you. I think there will always be some of us who prefer the slower pace of just doing our own thing out in the blogosphere!
Aug. 27th, 2016 02:12 pm (UTC)
YES! So glad to read this, and looking forward to more of your blog posts. I, too, intend to continue posting things that interest me and not worrying whether anyone else cares or not. I blog for me.
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