To Blog Or Not To Blog

blognotoThat is the question,
ain’t it ?

This here post is gonna try to answer that age old question:

“Why Blog?”

Well….
ok….

it’s not really age-old

…. considering blogging is a relatively new phenomena…..

Ummm….

Stop being so literal, buddy.1

I spend a fair percentage of my very limited free-time working on my blog,

— and I’ve been asked several hundred times why I do it…

….after all,
I could be doing much more constructive,
productive,
profitable,
or otherwise DIFFERENT things….

1111well, for one —

I enjoy it.

But more than that,

I have a need,
that blogging somehow fulfills.

blogtheblogCertainly, an important part of it is self-expression –

sublimating those creative and aggressive drives that would otherwise be expressed in less …

err…
friendly or socially acceptable ways.

My sense of humor can be a lot like a bad doggie—-

if I don’t give it a sufficiently large back yard in which to run, it tends to yapp on incessantly, gnawing upon the furniture of my personal life, tearing to shreds business relationships, and generally making itself quite a nuisance to the unfortunate residents of my real world.11

A leash — what most people would call a filter, is completely lacking in my case,

…..and in face to face communication, I’ll make a joke regardless of ‘appropriateness’ , because I simply have never convinced myself that I’m really not all that clever to begin with.

With a blog, I can consider all the attributes and liabilities of what I’m saying, before I say it……

I still usually offend people, just not as recklessly.

I can take my time, say what I want to say, (sometimes what I NEED to say).. and thoughtfully (or NOT) choose the tone and verbage that suits the WAY I want to say it.

111Another important factor for me is personality development –

I have always been an introvert – what some students of psychology would call a Promethian personality type –

….and as I have matured, I have found myself lacking in many of the finer points of social interaction, to the point that I really had to work hard on it – and I have started to open myself up more to people.

This has had both positive and negative consequences – but has certainly been illuminating and interesting. As far as my social interactivity is concerned, I have improved a good deal – I am now functioning at about a 9th grade level, instead of where I was about 10 years ago -( let’s just say it was almost pre-school level. )

I have learned much about how to talk to people instead of talking AT them… and a lot of this is because of what I have learned from blogging and online interaction.

blogMany people think the WWW is ‘impersonal’…

but it is as personal or impersonal as you make it…

face to face communication is actually easier— because you have the benefit of visual and aural cueing, via body language, inflection, facial expression, tone and volume, etc.

You also usually share the same space, acquaintances, or interests, so you have something in common that you might not have online.

But, the diversity of people online, and the variety of potential experiences, make it a worthwhile effort.

borderAnother part of blogging I enjoy is when I get a reaction – positive or negative – to one of my blogs.

In real life, I’m one of those people who loves to provoke a reaction in people I first meet….

– I’m ‘acquainted’ with too many people already – (so much for being THAT open, right?)

thus most of the time, I start out not caring whether they like me or not –

so, I will usually say something that I think will cause a reaction, and then sit back and watch –

often, their reaction is predictable and downright boring –

it’s when someone reacts unexpectedly that I’m particularly interested in them and what they have to say.

cartoonThe same goes for blogging –

when someone responds with a comment or question, or especially when someone comes up with a sharp observation or witty insight,

I am reminded of just how much FUN blogging can be.

Self expression, self-improvement, self gratification – certainly it has a very selfish aspect to it –

–no one ever said that blogging had to be a public service –

but it does serve the function of allowing people to understand each other better- and that is a good enough reason to do it – even if it wasn’t enjoyable and fulfilling.

1It gives each man a voice – a mode of expression –

…. extremely valuable in an era where the individual voice is usually drowned out by corporate claptrap, political correctness, societal propaganda, and the din of the crowd.

So, here’s to the noble BLOG – the vox populi !

Alrighty then….

Lecture over…. you’re free to go!

new-yorker

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25 thoughts on “To Blog Or Not To Blog

  1. Jen says:

    I feel so bad for missing this post till now!!!! And I look forward to your blog every day!!!! Thank goodness for your sense of humor – you make everyone feel good here. (Except for a few unmentionable cranky folk.)
    And to keep this comment unpredictable I will quote Groucho Marx: “Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.” (Groucho would have made an excellent blogger, don’t you think?) 😀

  2. Mrs Fever says:

    Such blog. So words. Very opinion. Wow.

  3. Having been a fan of your blogs over the years, I will say you certainly have that je ne sais quoi that is both appealing and thought provoking and sine times snortworthy. You’re groovy!

  4. I’m sure glad you blog, SweetC! You, and your blogsite, have always been at the top of my favs list! 🙂
    I appreciate the time, effort, research, and humor you put into your posts! 🙂
    Every night I look forward to sitting down and seeing what you’ve posted! And you know I adore your sense of humor! Of course, I think we share the same one, so you always make me laugh! 😛
    I am very outgoing and social, but I do enjoy blogging and meeting new friends.
    HUGS!!! : -)

  5. Annie B says:

    I love your lack of filter!!!!!

  6. Karin says:

    I’ve been a Musclehead fan for a long while now and the effort you put in here is evident. I love these posts, with research and photos. How anyone could be offended by your sense of humour is beyond me – but it’s also the nature of the Internet for people to poop in your living room just because they can. I always leave here smiling.
    I do have to get all butthurt about the last cartoon though…”Oh! I am SO-o-o-o offended!” We all know that knitting is a post-apocalyptic life skill, not to mention the WIP’s and CHains 😉

  7. The Blogging or non Blogging restaurant cartoon is very pertinent. It seems ever common place we go to has free wifi and a section where the online crowd are huddled over their laptop or more likely their excessively large smartphone. Not that I haven’t done that. 😀
    Many interesting insights here Chris, great post!

  8. sunsetdragon says:

    And then there s the question, “Why not.” I shall now go sit in the corner and contemplate my reasoning and purpose which so far feel like it is only to pass gas.
    😛

  9. GP Cox says:

    Whoa! Did you ever hit the nail on the head here, Chris!! Great post, yet somehow I can not picture you as an introvert.

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