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23 February 2012

Blogging


Recently I read an article about blogging in which it was stated that it should not be classed as a daily occupation. The man who wrote it claimed that those who blog daily should ‘get a life’. That’s funny, because I thought I had one. You can see that I take this personally which is daft considering the author of the comment is unknown to me, but it made me feel angry that people feel qualified to dictate what others should or should not do. I am my own boss, I can do what I like. No-one is forced to read my blog although I am pleased that many do.

Yes, I post something every day. It might be something I’ve written, a picture, or a video. I have a lot of written work that hasn’t appeared on the blog and there’s a lot that has. I’m a writer, I do stuff, so why not. After all, it’s MY blog. What’s more, I enjoy it. As much as anything I like the preparation and the satisfaction of seeing something I wrote appear on line.

I recently ran an experiment, leaving a couple or three days without posting and, you know what, I felt kind of lost. I did pay my usual blog visits, which was great, but the buzz of posting something I created or arranged was missing.

Blogging kicked off years ago when people stopped writing journals and turned to blogging. What’s the difference? Isn’t it like writing a diary, only more elaborate? And does it matter if seven posts are made in a week instead of one? Either way, who does it affect … the writer or the reader?

17 comments:

Akelamalu said...

Hear Hear I totally agree with you Valerie! I don't post every day but I do blog rounds to all my blog friends if they have blogged.

Brian Miller said...

you know 3 years ago i thought the same honestly...my friend had to bend my arm to get me to start...i never would have thought of the people i would meet...

Valerie said...

The people are the best, Brian.

Thanks, Pearl. To each his own, as they say. It's the people who denigrate others that I get fed up with.

Banker Chick said...

I don't blog every day, but I make my rounds almost every day. You folks are my friends and I want to see what you are up to. I do write every day though.

Ron said...

"...but it made me feel angry that people feel qualified to dictate what others should or should not do. I am my own boss, I can do what I like. No-one is forced to read my blog although I am pleased that many do."

Amen, Valerie! And I totally agree with you! Another thing that annoys me are the bloggers who suddenly stop blogging and share in their final post, "It's time for me to return to the REAL world" as if all the years they spent blogging were not REAL.

Personally, I adore blogging because it's not only a great way to connect with some REALLY great people, but also because it's such a wonderful creative outlet for me. Blogging has taught me so much about writting, web design, photography, etc. And if it weren't for blogging, I don't think I would have done any of these things.

The great thing about blogging is that we can each blog however we feel. Some blog everyday, some 2-3 times a week. It's all in what we feel comfortable with.

GREAT post topic, dear lady!

Glad you brought it up.

Have a wonderful weekend.....X

Sharon J said...

I think people should blog as much or as little as suits them. Personally, I like blogs that are written every day, even though I don't always keep up with reading them or posting on mine that often. I usually catch up with reading in one go, once a week or so and write my own whenever I feel up to actually thinking about what I want to write. Your blog's never boring :)

Valerie said...

Banker Chick, I like your comment very much. How true about 'friends' ... I look forward to making contact with everyone.

Ron, yes I have seen the words 'real world' used as if we were all living in a dream world. It's very real to me otherwise I wouldn't keep going. Thank you for your input on this subject.

Sharon. It's lovely to see you here. A lot do as you do, read a lot in one go... it is all about available time, isn't it?

Pat said...

I agree with you, Val! I feel bad when I don't blog - if I'm too busy! My husband once said to me, "You act like this is a job or something!" Well - it IS in a way - to ME at least! It keeps me writing - it keeps me in touch with friends.

Valerie said...

Pat, I never thought of it that way... you're right, it is like a job, a nice one, and it does keep us writing. I could fall away from writing if I didn't have a purpose.

Star said...

Don't feel bad, it's only his/her opinion. I think it's nice when people Blog every day. It keeps the continuity going, like ringing a good friend every day to see how they are. I am down to one or two posts a week simply for time reasons and, as you know, Blogger has blocked my pictures because I have reached my limit. I have to decide whether to pay for more space or carry on without pictures. Not much of a choice is it.
Carry on as you are Valerie. Your Blog is lovely, pretty to look at and interesting to read.

Star said...

Oh too right, those new ones are soooo difficult to read. How did you stop the Anonymous comments at source?

Diane Fordham said...

Clapping. Well said Valerie! :-)

Mel said...

Well, everyone has an opinion--and they're certainly able to give it. We all have that freedom. Doesn't mean that it comes without consequences....LOL....but I do have that freedom!

It's not a black and white world--what's good for some doesn't work for others. That's okay--that's what makes it a fun world!

I get the perception of some folks--but I don't get the judgement. And I'm sad it got made.

I'm not sure why people JUST can't get along and support each other in what works for the individual, yaknow?

Oh, I know--we're humans and we're fallible. Duh me. But really--does it take that much to just be respectful and loving towards others? *sigh*

Montanagirl said...

Pay no min to whoever that was - I love your blog, and reading what you write, and I love blogging! It's a great way to share photos, thoughts, events, etc.

Don't unplug your hub said...

I'm with you Valerie.I do blog quite a lot but still manage to lead a productive life. Anyway if I wasn't writing I might be too inclined to spend time watching rubbish on the TV.

Mr. Shife said...

Well said, Val. I am grateful for blogs and especially bloggers like you. Sometimes I view it as a chore but I am glad to be doing the whole blogging thing. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

A man called Valance said...

Well, I never heard such hogwash. A blog is many things to many people. It don't matter how often you use it and for what purpose, it's yours to do as you please. Ain't nobody else's business. Mister High and Mighty ought to remember the higher up the tree he climbs, the more branches there'll be to whack his head on when he falls. Course I could always have a little talk with him. Just say the word Val, and I'll have a quiet word in his ear while I kick his teeth out.