When I started writing a blog I thought it might also be a fun way to connect to family and friends living in different countries and continents, maybe even reconnect to old friends I lost touch with. Blogging has turned out to be great fun and every day I’m amazed by the creativity of bloggers all over the world. To me blogging is entertaining, informing and inspiring and a new found way to communicate with the world.
Strangely the reactions from family and friends were often very different to what I had hoped for… 'A blog? What’s that good for?', 'All this information on the internet - that’s really dangerous!', 'How’s this going to make you money?' were just some reactions. Others plainly ignore it and though we might speak on the phone, skype or email they never refer to it, making me wonder if public communication is something to be ashamed of or if having a blog is just considered to be so terribly egocentric that it’s better not mentioned. (I surly don't dare to ask, fearing this would just show my incredible egocentricity.)
Do I sound whiny and full of self-pity? If so, I’m really sorry (and blame all the alcohol and food over Christmas, making me chemically slightly imbalanced). It’s just, before I can honestly say 'I don’t give a f…' I need to sort my brain on this issue. And for me it comes down to this:
1. Blogging is a great way to play around with visuals. For me it’s photography, something I wanted to come back to for a while.
2. It’s a great space where you can share thoughts and ideas with like-minded people
3. Yes, the idea of publishing one’s creative output unasked, hoping it might be of interest to someone is pretty egocentric, but, I think, rather a constructive egocentricity.
4. It’s a good way to organize yourself and your thoughts, and the (admittedly self-imposed) pressure of having to post something supports creative productivity.
5. Again, it’s a great communication tool, allowing people all over the world, who would otherwise never meet, to share their thoughts. (It also helps me to figure out what I’m actually interested in.)
I guess I’m talking to the converted here, but I’m really interested if anyone else had similar – or totally – different experiences (many bloggers seem to stay in touch with a big group of friends through their blog; so no technical challenges there). I can only say blogging gives me an opportunity to talk to incredibly interesting people all over the planet and I wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.
Wishing everyone a great start to the New Year. I’m so looking forward to more virtual exchanges. Thanks for talking to me, I love talking to you, too!