Why Bother to Blog? The question came from MargeKatherine whom I have just met online in this wonderful cyberland. I still do not really know if there is an etiquette about referring to someone else’s blog without asking them first, but I am saying nice things. Thanks for the question MK and for the of yours I have read so far.
I expect the answer is for as many reasons as there are bloggers, so here is my personal answer, from then to now.
I still feel new to blogging. I started last summer because I was lonely in Shanghai where I was helping to care for my grandsons. But they were actually at kindergarten from 8am – 4pm and we had an ayi who did all the cooking and cleaning and laundry, and my son was home from work by 5.30, so this life being normal in Shanghai, what was totally abnormal for me was having nothing to do. Except of course going out and about and seeing the wonders of a new city (new to me and pretty new to itself too with all the development going on). Except of course only being able to share it with other family and friends by email – I don’t do Facebook much anyway and this was China where Facebook is blocked by
the authorities The Authorities.
So I thought I would keep a Diary. Then I realised I could keep it online, tell my friends the address, and not have to write emails which had started to look like Christmas letters, one size fits all. Then I discovered sites which helped bloggers go online. I am a very technical person, who created my own first website in 1997 – look at that date – 1997. It took hours and days and weeks, and it was meant to be professional, to indicate an ordered existence others might wish to consult and begin conversation with. HA HA HA No-one looked at it because no-one did online then. And, although it was online, it was quite formal, not conversational. So I did other things, updated it sometimes, forgot to update it, etc.. Then the software I used went out of date. Been there, done that, I thought.
Suddenly in Shanghai, I found I was in a world which had leapfrogged right over me. Blogging is the easiest thing in the world to do now, and better still, all the comment and reply and uploading is there with a finger click. No tech needed, though you can be techy if you want. And, it is better than Facebook, because there is room for the story, the day-to-day event, the serious thought, the photo, the fun, the, the just a little bit because you are tired today.
I started three blogs, one The Diary, for the family and friends as I thought, there are more ‘others’ than family and friends reading and following. One for poetry, for me to hone my writing. And the third was to be the serious one. It is still waiting to happen. I think I really only need one, still learning how to use it.
What has changed since the beginning? Within a week I got a real reply – to one of the poems – from a real person I had never met. She heard what I said. WOW – and thanks again speccy. I read her stuff, I met others, I read others, I wrote more, I stopped being shy and began replying . (Then I had to go techy again as China blocked WordPress, but I discovered there is another online community of helpers, those who create the VPN systems, and I did not have to be technical after all.) I found I could not write everything I thought because I did not know who would read it. I can really only write about myself, originally a no-no as that was classified as selfish, but it is far more selfish to write about other people without their permission. Who I am and how I feel and think – it is out there and people can engage or not as they choose. It may be a strange thing to say, but I am hoping that being a blogger has made me a nicer person. It certainly makes me think about what it is I am thinking.
You all know this is what happens, you write, you read, you find yourself smiling, wondering, laughing or crying, responding. Always learning, seeing observing. This is the most important thing I have to say today.
only virtual.is REAL. Do not let anyone say it is
It is just like other kinds of meeting, some is truthful and honest, holds some kinds of values, same as yours, different from yours. Some is just not trying to share values, there is another agenda. Some is fun – but not all that is fun is healthy and not all that is healthy is fun. Like in real life, stay away from the poisonous and dangerous if it happens to cross your path. Or stand up against it if you can, WordPress helps with a complaint system. We can write about poetry politics science literature art philosophy feelings whatever we want, at whatever level we are in the mood for. I read another blogger’s tale of online betrayal and felt for her. We can respond to another, reply etc.
So, I am a blogger now, and it is another wonderful way to connect with the world and the people in it and keep on finding things, whatever is there. What I do with it, and how I do it – that’s down to me.
Thanks again for the question MargeKatherine.
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