It’s been a wonderful weekend, mainly because I’ve been spending a lot of it figuring out why I’ve slowed down in my posting, why I seem to avoid my blog, and what can be done about it. What I figured out is that quite possibly the reason I’ve become a little alienated by blogging is that I’ve lost touch with the people who READ what I post. Blogging is a two-way activity. Or at least, the kind of blogging I’ve enjoyed over the last three years is. I like people. I like to hear what they’re doing. It energizes me to think that maybe Becca or Archie or Emily or Gail or Diana will be coming over here and reading something I’ve written. I can hear their voices as I try to think up what might entertain them, amuse them, get them going.
This year has been a sadly one-way year. I’d put up posts, and people looking for things like “love is stupid” (I never said that!) would sneak over and then retreat, probably shocked to learn that I mostly think books are wonderful, writing well is hard, and it’s important to be good to people. For those who stuck with me when I was largely absent in their blogs, I can only say you are incredibly kind people.
Anyway, I am mostly powered by what’s fun, and I had a lot of fun figuring out how to use the google feed reader, and then feeding it incredibly delicious bits of blogs — and then I visited all the many people who have come here recently or in the past, not seeking to learn about the idiocy of love, but about whatever thing I happened to have on my mind.
And it was great! It used to be that I’d visit people sort of randomly, by clicking on the links on my sidebar, and I’d feel like it was just a huge amount of work, finding where people were in their lives. But now, all I have to do is check that “feeds” bookmark I created and I can see whatever someone has most recently written. I feel more connected — and it’s only been a day.
I was so enthused, I actually posted over at my moribund blog about lunch food, which has morphed into a blog basically about the stuff I eat. And I took pictures! I commented on blogs! I thought of how I could compare Brittney Spears to Milan Kundera!
I’m awake again.
And now, you should go over to Archie’s blog and give something to help the many people in Australia who are reeling from floods and fires. Because as much as we blog to amuse ourselves, we also do it because it we all like being part of a community. And when some of us are hurting, the rest of us must help.