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To Blog or Not To Blog….

04 Jan

That was the question.

Over the last year, I must have started a dozen posts that just seemed to wither on the vine.  My mind alternated between totally empty to crippling over-crowding, so I never could seem to get “in the mood” to actually finish one.   Besides, I knew that I was at a crossroads.  I would either have to compose a farewell post or commit myself to regular postings.

Make no mistake, blogging is tough work.  It takes thought, creativity, time, and effort to try to be entertaining while providing the appropriate creative outlet for the writer.  While I love music and continue to broaden my musical horizons, the fact is that material based solely on music just doesn’t compel me like it once did.

When I first start this blog in 2007, there was much caution regarding “true identities” in the blogosphere.  Everyone hid behind code names, so as not to reveal too much of themselves.  This certainly added to the complexity of writing freely.  With the progressive adoption of Facebook and the seemingly disregard for anonymity, there seems to be a freedom (of sorts) to come from behind the curtain and let people in.

I also walked away for a while because I felt that my blog was just one of thousands, if not millions, screaming for attention from readers over-saturated by content.  Was I really looking to express myself or was I looking for acceptance?  Regardless, blogging was no longer something original to me since everyone was doing it.  And, did anyone really care but me?

To me, life is a never-ending journey of self-discovery and in continuing my quest of self, I have found that this expression of myself pleases me.  Therefore, I have decided to re-establish this blog and to continue to delve into my own psyche.  If that provides you some enjoyment and a few laughs along the way, so much the better.  In the end, I really just need to say what I need to say…

 
5 Comments

Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

5 responses to “To Blog or Not To Blog….

  1. amy d

    January 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

    So well written. I agree 100%

    I said farewell to quantity long ago, and hello to quality. I lost some readers, but my true “friends” (most of which I’ve never met) have stuck by me.

    I was at the same crossroads, still am some days, but in the end writing makes me happy and provides me with some perspective.

    Again, so glad you’re back…on YOUR terms!

     
  2. Shrewspeaks

    January 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I am so happy for you! This seems to be a calling for you. May it bring you everything you deserve and desire.

     
  3. kanniduba

    January 4, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I am pleased to see you return.🙂

    That anonymity thing you speak of, (or lack thereof) is a constant battle for me. I have shared more and more of myself and my family as time goes on, and yet I still try to keep my blog separate from my Facebook. I’m quite careful about who I let in over there, and hesitate to share out the blog to close family and friends…strange, I know, but I just haven’t been ready to let the two worlds collide yet. This may be the year though. As I delve into the world of portraits, I find I want to share them with those I care about and get recommendations and critiques from the people I have grown to trust in the blog world. Always a balance to be maintained as with everything in life.
    I think I have been able to sustain my blog over time because I have zero expectations regarding it. I maintain it for me, and me alone. If others get something positive from it, all the better, but I never expected readers and still find myself quite amazed when people care to comment. LOL It certainly makes it more fun, but I truly do it for me, when I want to, when I have time. It is not a burden, it is an outlet. The community that has developed on and around it is a pleasant and unexpected bonus…one that I value, but don’t depend on.
    Welcome back my dear Maven.🙂. Keep on keepin’ on.

     
  4. Jennifer A (Bread and Putter)

    January 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Hey, MM! Glad to see you back. Happy New Year, friend!

     

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