Thursday, September 14, 2006

On Blogging

After writing an entire post about the virtues of speaking one's mind, I realize I have nothing to say. I must have jinxed myself. I'm always doing that. I wrote about the joys of breastfeeding approximately three days before The Boss up and weaned herself. It often happens that I am driving down the street when it occurs to me that I haven't gotten a speeding ticket in quite some time. Two blocks later, blue and whites are inevitably flashing in my rear-view. Why do I even bother thinking, let along writing? Life would be a lot easier if I just flitted from activity to activity, oblivious to anything that isn't laid out in concrete certitude before me.

But, especially when it comes to writing, I'm more analytical than that. Not mathematically, but emotionally. I think things like why is anyone going to care how cute it is when The Boss throws her hands up in the air and does a rhythmic shoulder shrug every time Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" plays on my Sirius Satellite Radio? Or, on certain days, like The Boss's birthday or September 11, I wonder how I can possibly do justice to such loaded themes. So I don't even try. Then there are the times when I am fighting with The Partner and find myself unable to harnass the energy and creativity to write anything.

The reasons NOT to write are plenty, and they run through my head to this constant refrain: what makes you think you have anything of value to say, anyway? Who are you to show up every day on the Internet with a message that packages the same old inanity into a new box?

The only justification I can come up with is that it's not all about me. When I write, I try to make sure that my tales are not the "I, I, I" recaps of daily living that critics of blogging (especially "mommy" blogging) make them out to be. I want to address universal themes with a national--and sometimes regional--voice. A good voice. One that people can hum along to as they recognize the beat of their own lives. That's one of the things that makes me write, but it doesn't always help me figure out what to say.

So, to my four readers, I'm sorry for my week long absence from the Web, and for this stream-of-consciousness analysis of the act of writing with an inferiority complex. I will try to steer clear of such discussions about methodology for awhile, but they are cobwebs that needed to be cleaned out.

Here's to being witty and insightful, 24/7/365. It's not too late to start, is it?


P.S. Speaking of absences from the Web, I am happy to report that Redneck Mommy is back! Check her out. If you can go over there to get some hearty food-for-thought and a good chuckle, I will know that this post today hasn't been in vain. Welcome back, T!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

welcome back. From one of the four. Who wrote a very I,I,I piece today.

I never read Redneck Mommy. Thanks for the link.

Michele, from I Got Two, Babe, who switched to blogger beta and now I cant comment like a normal person!!

Anonymous said...

I am surely not one of your "four" readers, as I've never commented to you before, "m not even a blogger, I ended up here via "The Nest". I anxiously wait your next post, checking numerous times daily!
Your posts make me laugh, smile, cry and think. Please don't leave me hanging for so long again!

Mary-LUE said...

The concern about the I, I, I resonates so strongly for me. "I" felt very self-conscious for awhile about talking about myself of LUE (I have about 3 million blogs, all with different purposes.) I created it to talk about stuff other than the day to day bits of my life.

Eventually, (um... like yesterday) I decided that blogging is so personal in nature that it isn't so much about not writing about yourself but how you write about yourself. I hope that I am able to write about my place in the greater scheme of things along with the personal parts of my life.

I think I came more to that conclusion after reading the personal remembrances of 9/11. Although they were one person's experience, they were very powerful. Madeleine L'Engle wrote somewhere that you have to look at the particular in order to care about the general. Knowing/seeing/caring about one homeless person is more inclined to make you care about homelessness.

I think good blogging does that.

Good thoughts today. (Your thoughts. You had good thoughts to share today.)

toyfoto said...

I must be the fourth.

I was thinking of this very same thing today. Even though I try to write some inane thing everyday, I think about whose reading and why should they bother. My dilemma today was that I don't really write about anything but Ittybit. I allude to things, but I don't really take them on. I don't really stray too far from home. Maybe that's the story of my life. Maybe it's the story of all our lives and that's why we find each other interesting.

Melissa said...

I check your blog with an obsessive complusiveness that is frightening. Keep writing...I'll keep reading.

Mrs. Chicky said...

I think we've proven you have more than four readers. Party!

Even though I don't really care what type of cereal you eat in the morning (okay, I care a little) I sometimes prefer the minute details over the all-encompassing, relate-to-all posts. Although, I like those too. If it's well written I don't care what it is. That writing thing, she's a bitch ain't she?

Binkytown said...

You are always witty and insightful and my goodness, blogger self doubt is running rampant this week. You rock. Carry on..

T. said...

Aww, you linked me.

I'm feeling the love.

I'm glad your back. Cuz I was starting to worry.

Mom101 said...

It's called "getting in your own head." They talk about it a lot in improv classes. It's when you start overthinking what you do (instead of just doing) and suddenly it doesn't make any sense at all, and everything that comes out is gobbledegook. Just write through it - which it seems like you are. We're hear to read, whatever it is you write about. Because you always make it readable.

Welcome back.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for link to Redneck Mommy. I spent the afternnon reading the blog and then went over and read her blog missing bug. I cried all the all afternoon.