Note: There are fireworks to follow:
“I sometimes wonder why I blog; I tell myself it’s largely to have a venue that forces me to think through vague ideas a little bit more than I would otherwise. And I do honestly think that’s the biggest part of it. But of course, I’m certain that part of it is also the idea that others will read it and perhaps respond. That’s a little bit of Vanity/Ego, but that’s not such a bad thing really. Pan Metron Ariston, and all that. –”
Beyond Anomie blog
I’m a regular reader of Beyond Anomie because Chris often raises provocative issues that linger in my mind and tease it into action, as this did. So I’ve been thinking for days about Why I Blog, and here’s the preliminary findings:
I blog because life is short and there are multitudes of things and people in it whom I will never meet unless we meet in cyberspace. After all, I can only live one life, I can only know what the view is like from the one place where I stand; how limited is that? Learning about the view from your vantage point enlarges me.
I blog because a blog is an unending digression, and to me the digressions are usually more interesting than the main story line. In Moby Dick, it was the whaling, not Ahab, that compelled me. Tristram Shandy is a book which is basically one long digression, and as an 18th century blogger would have enthused (had there been such): I dote upon it!
I blog for conversation, the food and drink of life for me. With its opportunity for continuing comments back and forth, any given blog post is “to be continued,” not finished; in NewSpeak, AFN — all for now, but not necessarily for always.
I blog to find people who “speak my language,” with whose minds mine feels an easy rapport. This is not necessarily the same thing as agreement. It’s more a matter of sensibility — taste — style. Whatever it is, the recognition is immediate, and the conversation (see above) can begin, a conversation offering the opportunity to explore my own mind and thoughts, to challenge and to be challenged, to invite the unexpected, and ultimately —to change.
To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often,” said John Cardinal Newman. I believe that heartily; I am a sucker for transformation.
Ultimately I suppose I blog for the same reason I named my own blog Touch2Touch — to get in touch, to stay in touch, to be in touch.
And for that matter, why do any of us read blogs? Perhaps simply out of idle curiosity. As even Freud admitted, sometimes a cigar is only a cigar. But it’s easy to conjecture that there are as many reasons, and many of the same kinds of reasons, to read blogs as there are to write them.
So here’s to a thoughtful, reflective, inquisitive, heartfelt and connected 2011. I hope to see you on my blog, guys; and I’ll see you on yours. You lurkers, I’m thankful that you’re there as well. Have a happy and a healthy, Everybody, with fireworks to light up your sky all year long. Onward!