What’s the big deal? some people might say. Blogging just seems like a lot of work.
Well, yes . . . Yes, it is . . . and yet it’s not. It is because there’s pressure to post regularly and to write well. As a writer, I hope to continue building my blog and that, someday, writing Shift will lead me to bigger and better things . . . It’s not, on the other hand, because writing is what I LOVE and interacting with readers makes all the effort I put into my blog worthwhile. (You, dear readers, mean everything to me.)
But, wait a minute — wait just one minute. A bunch of people you’ve never met mean everything to you? How is that possible? They’re not even your real friends!
To which I would reply, “Now you hold on a minute! My blogging friends are too my real friends! Some of them are closer to me than my real-life friends, most of whom don’t even read my blog!”
Well, hmph. I still don’t get it. You write and edit and worry and spend hours in front of your computer so you can be friends with people you’ve never even met. Wouldn’t you be better off to invest that time trying to make more real-life friends?
“I see where you’re coming from, but, no. The truth is, my blog is about ideas. Here, I can write anything I want, and those ideas attract readers who are interested in similar things. We can engage and discuss and disagree and harrumph — and skip all of the introductory phrases required when meeting someone in person. Here, we already have a common interest. Here, we can dig right in and be free to be who we are.”
But what about your real-life friends, then? Do you even have any? How can you if you spend all of your time blogging?
“You don’t. You don’t spend all of your time blogging. You find a balance. Life is all about balance . . . There’d be nothing to write about if all I ever did was sit in front of my computer!”
But then how do you make sure you post consistently? It’s not like you’re getting paid for all the time you’re putting in. What if you get a new job? What if you do make new real-life friends?
“Well that, my friend, is a good question, and one I am currently trying to address. You see . . . For a long time my blog was all I had. It was my connection to the ‘outside world’ — a world who seemed to feel my yearnings and understand my questions. It was a beautiful world — one I related to better than my ‘real’ world, in many ways — and, yet, it was incomplete. I’d made wonderful friends in faraway places, but at the end of the day, it was still just me. I was all alone with my thoughts . . .
And so it was that I went on a trip and discovered yet another world. In this world, I saw old friends and made new ones. I challenged what had been a somewhat static equilibrium and, because of this, found the need to create a new one . . . It is because of this that, now, I am shifting . . .
No matter what, though, I promise you: There will always be room in my life for my blog and my faraway friends. I will always have time for . . . this.
How do you explain to your non-blogging friends what your blog means to you? Is it important to you?
- see you . . . soon!
- the bad blogger
- finding a balance
- thank you . . . and you and you and you and . . .