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To blog or not to blog - that is the question.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I always thought blogs were like diary or journal entries. A place to do a brain dump or vent about a situation. I don't spend a tremendous amount of time on SP. I belong to several Spark Teams and do respond to posts, and track my foods and activities, and read articles and an occasional blog - if the title intrigues me. Otherwise I skip the blogs.

The reason I don't blog much is that mostly, things don't bother me, so I don't need to vent; I'm retired, so I have no work issues; no kids - so no family drama; Hubby's trained - after 34 years, so no issues there either. I'm comfortable with who I am, so there's not much to write about. I have a few weird friends, but they might be on SP, so I wouldn't dare write about them. Basically, my life is boring - but I'm perfectly fine with that.

I have lots of hobbies, but I don't think others would be interested in them. I love to read, but have never joined a book club because I want to read for pleasure, not to analyze a book or listen to somebody else's opinion about it. I don't want to get into a debate about the merits of an author or his/her shortcomings.

My mind continuously jumps from one subject to another - I'm a Pisces, and think of my mind like a school of fish. It's happily swimming along in one direction, then something distracts the leader and they all turn in another direction. Another distraction, and off they go someplace else. Which makes it absolutely amazing that I spend nearly 30 years as a computer programmer and IT professional - and I was good at it. Maybe because I could look at things from different perspectives, while the linear thinkers couldn't see beyond the blinders.

I like to challenge myself, and because I'm basically a very private person, the new challenge of the day is to attempt to blog. Even as a teen, I never kept a journal. If I had a problem, I just worked it out in my head, imagining conversations with the other party, or trying to figure out how to get out of a jam.

I would probably blog more if I could make the blogs private. I've seen too many blogs where someone has an issue and is asking for ideas or help, and there are negative responses. I don't have time for that nonsense. I was brought up to believe if you don't have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut, and your fingers off the keyboard.

On another weight loss website I look at occasionally, some of the members are downright nasty. It's as if there were prizes given for being the snarkiest poster of the day. Life's too short for that.

On a lighter note - I just ran spell check on this blog entry - and the word "blog" is not in the dictionary! How funny.
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MAGGIEMAGGIE5 4/3/2013 9:01AM

    Been thinking about this myself, but have not written a blog yet... thank you for sharing your point of view, much of which I agree with. :-)

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LEANNAW4 3/2/2013 9:41PM

    I also agreed with you on so much!
--Book clubs, no thanks!
--We Pisces can be like a school of fish. Yep!
--People can be snarky, and life's too short for that. Definitely!
--Working stuff out in your head, yep, so what to write about - indeed! I know that feeling!

Sometimes it is hard to know what to write about and sometimes things just come. You don't have to force it. As ROSIEPD pointed out, you can also do a private journal here on SP (or anywhere) if it helps to vent that way. Sometimes writing helps me, sometimes it just makes me dwell more than I should. I guess you have to go with what works for you. Best of luck, and don't let the snarky people get you down!


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WHITNEYTEACHER 2/23/2013 9:16AM

    I liked this, we agree on much! I also read a lot and have never joined a book club. I don't really care if I enjoy the same books as someone else and I don't care much what they think of them either. I know what I like and don't crave the acceptance of others (much). Maybe it's just our generation but I can remember my mother on many occasions saying, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything". I did have a diary when I was young but wouldn't "blog" the same things I would put in a diary. I had to Google the word blog before I posted the first time. Too many new terms for me to keep up with I guess.

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GLITTER60 1/24/2013 10:10PM

    interesting. i dont blog too much myself.



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ROSIEPD 1/23/2013 10:02PM

    I liked this blog :-) We share similar views on books too. You know, I've blogged for the first time ever on spark, and it has been a tremendous help to me. I've never had one mean response. I don't know if it is just this particular group or what, but I am happy with the support and the outlet. But if it's not for you,you can do a private journal on Spark ...here is the FAQ on that:

http://www.sparkpeople
.com/community/help_answer.asp?
id=44



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