Blogland absolution

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I stand, figuratively, before you properly chastised and thusly abashed. I read another Sparker’s blog recently in which “reasons” for others NOT blogging were laid waste. This is a shame, because I’ve clung to many of them myself…and now they’re dust.

I have never written such things. Not where anyone else might happen across them, that is. I have no idea what I’m doing here or what “correct procedure” might entail for blogging. I’m not convinced it will be something I will delve into with any regularity. On the other hand, as any of you who know me through the forums can attest, I have a penchant for running off at the mouth. This may be the inception of the creation of a monster. You are forewarned.

One thing I believe makes for good communication is continuity. If there’s no thread to follow, I get lost and lose interest. I want to know what I can expect of the speaker (or author). Some little nuance or hue of previous conversation should find its way into future instances.

Unfortunately, I am not a linear thinker. This gives great grief and frustration to my DH, who needs structure and becomes visibly (and usually audibly) distressed when my thoughts run their typical course, which means erratic, tangential, and very frequently incorporate completely disconnected concepts into some new one (which makes perfect sense to me). Conversations at table in my childhood home were more often based upon speculation, imagination, learning, and application of generalities to subjects originally not intended. Dinner conversation in his home were focused on current events, politics, economics, commentary from TV shows (I don’t mean sitcoms), and tidbits of occurrences related from other parts of the family. This is what he expects of conversation. For my part, I would have gone face-first into my plate relatively quickly. Another aspect which differed greatly in our respective family-meal experiences is that in *my* home, it was an open exchange of ideas. Difference and alternate applications of concepts were encouraged, if not demanded. In his home, their roundtables were debates in which there was always a “winner,” and all others “lost” the conversation. He still communicates in much the same way, although it’s toned down now, 40+ years after the fact.

My object in this, getting back to it circuitously, is that anything I may scribe here is likely to follow the same non-linear path. Some days I’m full of technical information I’ve discovered on internet searches or in printed media. Other days, I’m enrobed in whatever entertainment reading I’m doing. I frequently will experience some small everyday miracle and it fills me for the whole day. Very small things that make a large impact upon me. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by peevishness, such as how our language is crumbling away and being replaced by something I don’t even recognize as language. Then there’s days when I wake up with some fantasy already percolating in my brain (where do those come from?) and it won’t let me go. And then I have days, due to health issues, that I just whine. Most days, I’m just “full of” SOMEthing or other. Sometimes good, sometimes not good, sometimes blindingly boring or incomprehensible to others. I wish I could say you can depend on a certain amount of “something” here… but I suspect I’d be lying through my teeth (and to myself) to suggest such a thing. I wish, but I won’t say it.

I don’t know and won’t offer any prediction of when I might do this again. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe never. Maybe a couple times a day! Maybe at irregular intervals. For the moment, at least, I feel I’ve redeemed myself by having done anything at all.
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  • 1SALMON1
    Thank you! This is a great blog post. You're letting folks get to know you and giving yourself a chance to 'try it on' - blogging, I mean. You write well (thanks by the way for the great reviews of diet and nutrition books posted on Eclectic Readers & other team pages!) and your blog made me smile - non-linear types unite!!! I am curious what you will share next!
    2272 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!


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    2281 days ago
  • NOREGRET2010
    I didn't set out to blog - and on a health/fitness/weight loss site? Um, no. No I did not plan that.

    But I'm glad I do. I've used my blog to chronicle my journey with it's many (many) little ups and downs. I've built deeper relationships on Spark through it. I've worked through "stuff" by writing my blog.

    For me, blogging is for me. Yes, it's set to public so it can be found and read, but I don't write for them, I write for ME.

    Excited to follow you. :)
    2282 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    An auspicious beginning. Looking forward to more!
    2282 days ago
    Write on!
    2282 days ago
    I love your writing and the way you think. I use my blog as an impulsive thing: whatever comes to mind whether it be a vituperative rant about the girl who bullied me over 50 years ago or the great poem that I just came across---I don't see the blog as organized nearly as coherently as "Pepys Diary" for example And when people read it, I am always somewhat surprised.

    I keep writing them so that I can return at some point and trace my mood or my feelings but if I thought I had to be entertaining or worthy--now that would stop me.

    I hope that you look upon your blog as your childhood dinner table--a speculative and serendipitous place.
    2282 days ago
    Keep focused fore success. You can do it. Go for it.
    2282 days ago
  • GLC2009
    well, i think this is the best blog so far.............
    i'm a pisces. my whole philosophy is not the destination, but, the trip there. which is usually a very circuitous and entertaining route.
    2282 days ago
    There really isn't a right or wrong way to write a blog. You did fine.

    And you are a divergent thinker. (Or writer.) Some people bring in information to solve a question or dilemma - they are convergent thinkers. Others (like you, and me too, actually) jump from info to info, or thought to thought, somewhat like a butterfly fluttering from flower to flower, before reaching a conclusion - we are the divergent thinkers. Again, there isn't a right or wrong, just a difference.
    2282 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    I think sometimes the few blogs I've done probably ramble in circles, too. That's just the way this old brain works. emoticon
    2282 days ago
    I always look forward to anything you write, technical, literary or schmoozishness. Interesting description of the difference between the way you and your mate learned to communicate. I had a boyfriend one time who's lawyer/judge father instructed his children that 'you never have to lie because there are so many inventive ways to circumvent the truth.' and they, too, had 'winners' and 'losers' in their daily communications with each other. I was horrified. Later, I found out that the mother in the family was a (barely) functional alcoholic. I'd never seen one before so didn't recognize her odd behaviors as that of a serious addict. Naw, my mind doesn't jump all over the place. Huh Uh. Not me. sheesh. I bet you and I could have some great, disjointed talks.
    2282 days ago
    Well, sweetie, there IS no "right" or "wrong" blog. To paraphrase Gertie, a blog is a blog is a blog.

    And as for linear vs nonlinear: myself, now, I often say my train of thought ain't an express. It's a milk-run, with lots of stops and branch lines along the way, lol...
    2282 days ago
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  • POPSY190
    I for one hope that you do this again frequently! I enjoyed the language, the description of opposing childhood experiences, and the non linear train of thought. emoticon
    2282 days ago
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