Thursday, March 5, 2009

To Blog, or Not To Blog

So. About this blogging thing. I can't quite remember why I started. Mostly, I think because of my need to proselytize about my whole GoodEnoughWoman philosophy. But now, I'm thinking about the dissertation that I'm not writing, the books I'm not reading, the other blogs that are way more funny and insightful than mine. And I'm wondering if this is something I want to keep doing or not. This blogging. True, when funny little things happen, it's nice to think, "Oh, I can blog about that."

But it all feels a bit narcissitic and unnecessary. Why am I throwing these words out into the world? As far as words go, they're not all that great or special. So. I don't know if I should continue.

Why do you blog? Why do you keep doing it? Ever think about stopping?

9 comments:

Prof S said...

Blogging is a way to keep up with old friends, make new friends, and share support for what do in life, both personal and professional. Sometimes it's just nice to know there are other people out there just like us :-) I like reading blogs and leaving little comments on postings. It's another way to connect with people :) I hope you decide to keep blogging.

Contemporary Troubadour said...

I started my blog when I was at a low point with the whole long-distance marriage thing. It gave me and my husband something to connect through and it gave me a reason to find other people out there doing the same thing. It can be tempting to blog frequently, but you get to determine how often you want to do it. Always remember that! :)

I also blog as a writing starter. Sometimes throwing an idea out there in a post gets my brain working on something bigger (I'm in a writing program for my MFA).

In any case, I do hope you keep blogging.

baxie said...

I treat it like an electronic journal. If it's interesting to others well and good, but most of what I write is for my own amusement or edification.

And writing often clarifies whatever my subject is, so it has therapeutic value.

And it is a good way for a borderline misanthrope like myself to keep people appraised of what's going on in my life. I like writing quite a bit more than I like talking.

Presumably if your posts aren't interesting people won't read them, so natural selection would take care of any narcissism. =P

Dr. No said...

Those are some hefty questions...First, let me say that I enjoy reading your blog. I would understand if you stopped due to dissertation needs. I could never have maintained a blog (that said anything but "FUCK my life sucks" over and over again) while I was dissertating. But don't entertain notions of stopping just because you think other blogs are more funny or entertaining or whatever. Thats just not true.

Petunia Face said...

I blog for free therapy.

"If you ask me what I came to do, I came to live outloud." --Emile Zola

Or something like that.
Please keep it up!

Ink said...

I read this the day you posted it and didn't answer right away because I wanted to find an older post on my blog where I asked the same questions and the commenters were so helpful. Can't find it but wanted to say that I love reading your blog, and I hope you keep blogging!

At this point, I've come to see the whole blogging thing as a fabulous ongoing conversation. And I think it's so great to connect with people with whom we may have something in common, be it work, interests, goals, situations, or even just sensibilities...

Ink said...

Ooh, I found it. And sure enough, YOU were one of the very helpful commenters (I thought so!). So, in case you want to revisit what the other folks said, too, here's the link. But your commenters here are great, too. (I'm not talking about myself, of course.)

http://inktopia7.wordpress.com/2008/11/11/tech-xistential-crisis/

Good Enough Woman said...

I must say, I do enjoy those of you whom I'm "met" here in the blogosphere. And if I'm going to spend time reading your blogs--which I surely will--I suppose I'll keep joining in. For now, anyway.

medieval woman said...

Yes! You should keep blogging! I hope you do. I go in and out of blogging, but it's always there and I really like that. I've met some FANTASTIC people through blogging - and I get to read about lovely interesting people like you!