Well, to lift a quote from the late great Lowell George of Little Feat fame, ‘it’s been a year since I’ve been away, I guess that guitar player sure could play’… except it hasn’t been a year, it’s been longer. Shocking really. I’ve been watching the gap between the present and my previ0us post grow with curious fascination. It has given me plenty of food for thought to see how my attitude towards my own blogging apathy has shifted and mutated. Finally I thought I’d share with you 20 months of thoughts on not blogging and the questions it raised for me.
First the gap was down to a kind of humbleness spiral along the lines of nothing to say = wait = bigger gap = feeling that something really momentous would be needed to break the gap = definitely nothing to say etc. This is intriguing to me. It revealed a whole bunch of suppositions about what constitutes a blogworthy post and, I must confess, that it raised some questions that I am still wrestling with.
Here are a couple to begin with:
Q 1 – Are blogs about announcing ‘news’?
Frankly it is unlikely that I will know about anything in the blogosphere before a good many others. There are loads of better connected people than me and anything I know which might be genuine news, I am professionally restricted from announcing. Added to this, I have a slightly jaded view of ‘news’ and newness in general which is pretty much in accord with the nothing new under the sun maxim.
Q2 – Are blogs intended to be profound?
I feel a little safer with this one but not much. I don’t mind admitting that I can be quite the bar room philosopher with a sufficient head of steam. I can even convince myself of being of above average insightfulness without floating my brain in a bath of beverage. However, I come a little unstuck in a world where there are just sooo many genuinely profound thinkers.
Back to my digital slumber.