Thursday, May 03, 2007

Why We Blog

A couple of months ago, there was a great discussion about blogging on Barbara's blog about the nature of bloggers and blogging-- specifically, refuting the idea that bloggers tend to be isolated, misanthropic people.

Since that post, I've mulled a post about "Why We Blog."

A couple of months ago, Kathy, the wife of one of my closest friends, Tim, started blogging. Her blog is almost a diametric opposite of mine; where I'm verbose, she is spare. I post nearly every day, she posts every few days. I love using illustrations, she uses none. Her blog is elegant and reflects her background in literature, as well as a wide breadth of interests.

A couple of days ago she explained way better than I would ever had done (and with greater brevity than I could ever muster), the place blogging takes in our lives. I hope anyone who reads this will take a moment and read this.

16 comments:

Danny Tagalog said...

It's a good one. There are a lot of dissatisfied souls out there who need the stimulation. But be vareful what you write - you never know who is listening in!

Chris said...

That's a big part of it for me. Another part is that, since I left Chicago and my closest friends, I have fewer opportunities to try and crack people up. My blog has sort of filled that void.

Chris said...

Another thing I meant to add is that, to a person, all the bloggers I know or have met in person are social people. None of them are isolated or hyper-introverted.

Kathy said...

Hey, thanks Johnny. I would never have imagined myself blogging, but somehow it happened. It's a weird, complicated blogosphere we inhabit, though. . .

-Kathy

cheer34 said...

This is where I get to talk to people, read what others think, find out what is going on in lives of others that I never would have known. It's a nice way of expanding the community, plus it is done at my leasure (sp?)

Skylers Dad said...

It's fun to connect with new people, find out about them through their writings/jokes/babbling (whichever it may be).

I have enjoyed meeting almost everyone out here.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

A pensieve - that's quite an apt analogy, except for the fact that you tend bring in just as much again (probably more) from other people's blogs as you let go with your own.

I sometimes feel slightly guilty about the amount of time I spend blogging, but it really has enriched my life, so to hell with that other stuff that doesn't get done.

Mob said...

I'd say that I still do it just for the exercise of trying to be at least remotely creative on a daily basis, and it's become a pretty habitual thing, and the folks I've met are fun to exchange comments and ideas with.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I blog for one reason only: To write. I promised myself I'd blog for one year straight and post every day. I missed a few days here and there. Some 350 posts and my blog birthday in sight.

GETkristiLOVE said...

You mean not everyone blogs just to find a girlfriend like Chris?

Erik Donald France said...

Touche. Wonderful post title, too.

Grant Miller said...

But, but but...I am misanthropic and isolated!

Bubs said...

Great post Johnny. I think that lots of us are just driven to connect with other people--in person, or in writing.

Danielle said...

I went over and couldn't agree more with the truth of that analogy. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

Have a great weekend.

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