The problem with blogging

Social media killed my blog. It’s true. Facebook and Twitter are so quick. I can fire off a quick thought, a funny observation, or as many non sequiturs as I’d like. Them BAM I can get right back to work without missing a beat.

But blogging’s not like that. It takes time to think about things. Develop the story you want to tell. Add photos to make it interesting. It takes work.

And I am inherently lazy. Yes, lazy. I’ll take the easy way out just about every time.

Take a whole hour to sit and think about what I want to say? Organize my thoughts? Make sense to people? What’s that? I’m all about the brain dump, baby. Vomit it all out there and move on.

But that’s not what people are looking for. They want you to DO something. Make them laugh. Think. Cry. Give them something useful to act on. I have a lot of cool stuff in my head (I think), but getting it out through my fingers has become almost impossible for me.

Then again, I can’t remember the last time I picked up my paper journal and got everything out either. I’m stuck. There’s so much jammed into my brain that I just don’t know where to start. So it stays in there until it disappears into the fog of my memory. Lost forever.

There are moments I don’t want to forget. And then there are others I wish I could.

I miss writing. I’m not really sure what I want this place to be. But it’s my space and I’ve poured out a lot of my soul over the last 10 years. And I’m stubborn. I just can’t quite quit yet.

So the problem with blogging is this: it’s me. That’s my blogging problem. Just me.

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3 Responses
  1. Nathan Pralle (@npralle) (1 comments.) says:

    Hear ye, hear ye. My blogging has gone straight down the crapper since SM has taken over, but really….it’s probably more because blogging gave me a community. And now SM gives me the same community with far less effort. That being said, I do miss the writing long ideas and letting my brain linger. So I need to get into it for THAT reason and no longer just to interact.

    • becky says:

      Thanks, Nathan. There are so many topics I’d like to explore, but they take a lot of time and thought that I just don’t have right now.

  2. natasha says:

    how many shakespeares, goethes, dickens, steinbecks etc., are out there? almost none in contemporary literature. it’s all about uploading one’s mind on electronic media thus revealing the vast emptiness within. are we to imagine that the vast emptiness of the interstellar space of common thought has some profound message for us? maybe it’s an educational system that insists on pretending that the mediocre is profound or that underachieving is special and accomplished. or maybe we have just reached the point where mass media is so hungry for any content at all that as andy warhol predicted everyone will be famous for 9 minutes between commercials!