Death Rattle — Writing - Topical
Is the medium of the "Blog" dying? I'm beginning to think so. In an effort to update my blog today, so you would no longer have to look at me walking my kitty cat, I stuttered and stalled on a topic to write about. There's quite a bit happening in my life right now, lots on my mind and brewing in my soul, but it seems like everything that has the potential for a blog post, I've recently Twittered or Facebooked about. Of course those updates are clipped compared to the acres of field I have to fill on my website. They serve more as headlines to thoughts or experiences rather than the careful waxings on life and events that are cultivated with word precision and ample time and heart. But I suppose a point that's even more important, does anyone really even care what I blog about, or if I blog at all? I'm beginning to think the overwhelming response to that is a boisterous "NO!". We're all too busy reading status updates to bother with blogs. We're a generation with the attention span of a puppy.
I, myself, only read a handful of blogs anymore. There was a time when the list of blogs I visited daily was so long that I felt overwhelmed with the knowledge of these stranger's lives, I found myself wondering about them while walking down the street or riding the subway. Over time I lost interest in most of them, whittling the list down to a mere handful that I visit maybe once a week or at least whenever they're updated, which to be honest is less and less. And still, I probably read more blogs than most people I know. Hell, most of the people I know don't even read this blog, and I can spin a decent sentence if I try hard enough. Instead, people want to spend their Internet hours on Facebook, taking countless quizzes in what is either an effort to define their personalities for themselves and others, or to see if the computer can accurately guess what kind of person they are by ascribing them to Twilight characters . I don't blame them, it's escapism like everything else in our lives that we spend our time doing that is either questionably or unquestionably considered substance. As I'd stated before, I post to Facebook and Twitter all the time. I'm no better. Which is exactly the point. Even I, blogger, reader, writer, maintain short updates on social applications rather than use my time to actually express myself meaningfully here. On my very own beautiful website. Is there hope for us bloggers? Or do I need a gimmick? Something flashy and funny? Something lighthearted and distracting? The truth is, I'm not a gimmick gal. I'm dark and broody. I'm introspective and reflective. I'm cloudy with a chance of showers. And no one likes the rain, but me.
The Husband wrote:
Blog for yourself!
(Then threaten or guilt others into reading it.)
I love your blog. And not biased at all.
I'm going to say yes. It's dying. I can't really comment on anything else because I only read the first sentence. If a website, or blog, has more words than will fill a text message then I want nothing to do with it.
The Husband wrote:
Snarl wrote: "If a website, or blog, has more words than will fill a text message then I want nothing to do with it."
WOW. Just fucking WOW.
Snarl, are you serious? If so, do you read books? Please tell me you don't vote!
Mr. Space wrote:
I think Snarl was being sarcastic, but yeah, this too has become a problem for me. However, I still read the same number of blogs as before. I'm just really bad at updating it these days.
I agree with you its seems to be slowly going which is a shame. I hope Snarl was being sarcastic but even so that does seem to be the way things are going. So much of what we think and feel is being lost in tranlation (sorry about that could think of another way to put it) so much is lost in that annoying format of text.
The Husband wrote:
Ahhhh..... I know who "Snarl" is now.
You can change your name, Snarl, but your IP address doesn't lie. ;-)
I love your blog. Probably because of your prolific style, and of course, you are my daughter. I enjoy your rambling about and the things that have meaning in your life. It's as though you are near by and I have a small window in which to watch the things that come to your mind. Don't give up on your writing skills my sweet, some day they will bring you dividends. " The Ox is slow, but the earth is patient."
I love Snarl! He's thrilled with the string of comments he raised. lol
I also love your blog. Don't be discouraged. I completely gave up my blog in the name of all the other stuff going on in my life and sometimes I miss it. It's a good outlet. And yours is better than most.
There is only one problem with your blog..........you don't write enough of them. Keep them coming Lamar, you are never at a loss for words and they are so well put together. Like most good Author's, you have a way of leading your reader right where you want them.
i read your blog every time i log on. every time. thank god you changed the movie of you and that cat