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WRITING IS MAKING SENSE OF LIFE*
There's been some speculation out there, wondering whether blogs are dying. They're so 2010. Maybe it's just mid-January slump. I know THIS blog isn't dying. It's too important to die and it's going nowhere unless I do, and I have no plans to disappear. It's been awhile since the question of why I blog has been raised, though the answers remain the same.

Important, you say? How could this blog be important?! What cheek! Yes, indeed: it IS important. What I've gained from this online journal, this interwebby rambling, this obiter dictum, is immeasurable. Friends, family, community, posterity; a place to muse and vent and invent. A blank slate for thoughts, for jokes, for stories, for anecdotes...scribbles and histories and conversations. For delving into what makes me ME and what connects that me to YOU.

But like daily field notes concludes: blogging is alive and well. Oh sure, it goes through ups and downs and individual bloggers and writers and photographers may take a break here and there, or let their ambivalence get the best of them for awhile, but something about it draws you back. Whether you journal with a physical implement clutched between your fingers, scratching out runes of wonder on a thin sheet of tree, or clickity clack your nails over a couple of rows of impressionable buttons, your words are thrown out there. The nice thing about blogging is that someone is reading. Usually, several someones. Who doesn't like an audience? Who doesn't appreciate encouragement and feedback and most of all, acknowledgment? Is there anything more viscerally satisfying than having our words and thoughts and creations noticed and smiled upon?

Well, maybe having your back scratched. Or that perfect shake maki with juuuust the right amount of wasabi. Or the fierce hug of a friend you haven't seen in a really long time. Or the last page of a book that you couldn't put down, that you didn't want to end and whose last few pages wrapped things up so PERFECTLY that you can't but wish you could write like that.

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The other day, my husband made the observation that due to the lateness of Easter this year, we have SIXTEEN weeks before we get another paid holiday (without actually taking a vacation day). After the glut of the holiday season with the last gasp of Epiphany thrown in (here in Sweden, anyway), SIXTEEN weeks seems like an eternity. That's FOUR MONTHS! Of 5-day work weeks. The kids, of course, have sportlov at the end of February, but we poor working schmoes just have to slog it out 'til the end of April. GAH.

*Title from a quote by Nadine Gordimer
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mood: satisfied
music: Pele Juju—Lost and Found


Comments

Of course blogging isn't dying! The nerve!

haha! The noive!

Blogging now appeals to me more than the old style written journal. It's less lonely and more interactive. Hope to blog more this year.

I agree! With all 3 of your sentences!

(Anonymous)
Joy here

There might be more places for people to share now- Facebook, Twitter, etc... but I think there is a core group that enjoys blogging. At least that is what I am hearing from several blogs I read. So,yah! I am going to join the ranks with a new blog. Not quite sure of the timing. Still processing what I want. :))) And I believe I will be blogging under my name Mary Ann.

Hehehe You heard it first here!

Mary Ann aka Joy

Re: Joy here

How fun! I look forward to it!

(Anonymous)

I wonder if we're in a compress-expand cycle: Blogs are shortened to updates and tweets, which feels economical and efficient,and after a while blogs start to feel unique. More words! Yay!

Chuck (LJ-less still)

That's a very good point and an interesting idea. We're like the universe!

As for the LJ account, what are you waiting for?!

My goodness, yes, blogging is important. The purpose it gives to thoughts, the extra awareness of life's little nuances, the encouragement, the relationships... I'm so glad this blog isn't going anywhere soon!

Ditto, chickie!

(Anonymous)

I'm sure glad that you are not even thinking about stopping blogging. I feel more connected, more understanding of and more in tune with you when I'm reading your Blog! And, I can already hear your answer - "Mom, you need to Blog"...I'd rather read! :0 Love, Lizardmom

Never never never, you'll have to pry my cold dead fingers away from my keyboard! :D hahaha! What a grisly image that makes! :D

From Megsie

I am so glad that your blog is staying put! Whatever would I do with out YOU? I shudder at the thought!

I was going to post today, but obviously I am reading instead. Less work. More reward. Tomorrow. I swear! I have nothing really to say, but I will ramble on about something...I always do :)

Sending a big hug your way...xo

(Anonymous)

Oh no blogging is NOT dying. At least not mine. I'm having too much fun with it, both writing myself and reading gems like yours! So don't you stop!!

Mia

http://mias.blogg.se
http://www.meraord.se

(Anonymous)

:) I don't think I would know how to navigate the blogosphere if your blog weren't alive and well Liz. I wouldn't know where to start :) xoxo!

That was me, above. Pesky sign-ins.

haven't 'experts' been predicting the death of blogs for years now? :) i believe that those of us who have a very clear idea of just how much blogging has enriched our lives will continue to blog for years to come. platforms, tech tools, fads will all fall away...and we'll still be blogging, Liz. ;)

p.s. thanks for the b'day wishes, both here and at FB. xoxo

I agree! I will not give up blogging, even if all the cool cats do...seriously, this is the longest I've ever kept up a habit (besides reading). I am so thankful for every single thing I've written down, because I have a terrible memory for details. It is harder because there are so many other avenues to share stuff in, but still oh so worth it.

:) Sam

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