Friday, January 06, 2006

Okay, a man walks into a blog...

No, I'm not going to run another series of "a man walks into a bar" jokes (though I thought they were kind of funny myself). But I do think that blogging should be essentially fun. And I've been sensing lately that some of my fellow bloggers are stressing out about maintaining a blog, writing in a blog or responding to blog comments.

I've said this before and I'll say it again: What you write in your blog should be to please yourself, not others. That's what it is all about. I come to my blog to escape critics, not please them. So what if someone disagrees with you? Healthy debate is good for the soul. And if someone really pisses you off, just delete their comment. Passive agressive, yes, but it's your blog.

Oh, sometimes I catch myself wondering how people will react to some of my opinions. And of course it's nice if someone agrees with you or enjoys something you've said or created. But for every person that likes what you like, you can bet there will be another one who things you are whacked out of your gourd.

I think we worry too much about comments. I read lots of other blogs. And I may like them, but I don't always have something to say. I think it's okay if you want to read someone's blog without commenting on what they said. Do you write a letter about every magazine article you read?

This is not to say I don't like comments. It is nice to know there are people out there actually reading your stuff. And for the longest time, when day after day I would look at my blog entries and see the "O" comments sign I felt like I was a loon sitting on a bus talking to himself.

That's okay, too. Sitting on a bus talking to yourself is a good way to guarantee you will get your own seat.

But I digress.

Here's what I am proposing. Everyone with a blog who reads this should experiment with writing in their blog every day. It doesn't have to be profound or entertaining. It could be something as simple as, "I'm not dead yet." At the very least it will tell all of your friends that you are still breathing. And if you want to respond to comments but are at a loss for words, simply write, "I see dead people."

It's just a thought.
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