My son is always after me to blog more often. In principle, I think that would be great. In practice, by the time I have formulated my blog entry in my mind, my need to express myself is often satisfied.
I recently realized one of my biggest problems with blogging is the "So what?" factor. I have read so may things that people blog that leave me wondering why they bothered. What was the point?
It is like Facebook or Twitter. I have trouble understanding the point, unless the point is for someone to say, "Dig Me!!!". I was raised in the time when one did not pursue shameless self-promotion just for the sake of being noticed. I remember telling a joke once in the presence of a couple of older acquaintances,and the joke sounded like I was bragging - that was the joke part of it. One of the older women, an old German lady, simply spoke the German phrase which translates "Self-praise stinks". That was my upbringing. Even when one did promote themselves, it had a purpose - like getting elected or making money. Waving my arms (so to speak) and yelling for people to notice me just to be noticed for a moment seems shallow and pointless -- and when I am done, it makes me feel more insignificant than ever. Imagine! I have to behave in this silly fashion to get anyone to pay me any mind. Embarrassing!
I wish that when people were to take the time to write something, they would have a purpose for it, a goal other than being noticed, or mere self-expression. I imagine, however, that my wishes perfectly fit my mother's favorite adage, "Wish in one hand . . ."