For the past 8 years I’ve tried to be a ‘blogger’, but over and over I’ve failed. Its no different from the diary I tried to keep every year when I was in my teens. The first few entries are regular and then other things take up my time and suddenly I realize I haven’t ‘blogged’ for weeks.
It’s not that nothing interesting has happened. In fact most weeks are incredibly busy, with a lot to write about. But the thing is, I dont like blogs. I dont read blogs. I dont follow blogs and I dont really believe anyone is interested one jot in what I write in my blog. I’m sure they’re far more interested in their own world and their life.
But, I do like books. I like real books with pages to feel and turn. I do have a kindle. But I like paper books. I like paper magazines with pictures and I like the smell of books. The thing is that blogs and kindle doesn’t give me the feel of the paper or the smell or even the satisfaction of physically turning the page. I like to have the weight of a book in my hand and to be able to flick the pages to find out where I left off. I like the way I can stick a ‘stick-it’ into an interesting page and write a note at the top to tell me why to look back at the page again. I like to write, but not type
When I pick up a pen and start to write on a page then the words just come. When I key in on my laptop I find myself missing keys and checking spelling. That doesn’t happen when I write with a pen and paper. In fact when I write with a real pen on real smooth paper I can write more. Its as if the pen and my brain are the same.
I dont need to think, remember, work out how to type it, check it, correct it. I can just write it out. So I dont like blogging because it’s a chore. I dont find it fun. So thats why I stop ‘blogging’. Actually I also hate the word blogging.
So what of the blogs that are out in their zillions? Well I dont read those. I dont follow blogs, but I do read research articles. I do read articles published in major scientific journals, medical, political, scientific. But I dont read blogs. In fact the only thing I really enjoy reading on the internet are scientific journals online or updates from meetings.
Some of my fiends are ‘bloggers’ and some times I get an email or a link pops up on facebook or twitter. ‘Come & read my blog’ is what it says under the guise of some catchy heading. Sometimes I click through. But I dont really read it.
So why not? Is it just that I like the old fashioned kinesthetic satisfaction of touching and having the weight of a book or a magazine in my hand? Truth is that I find that a lot of blogs sound the same. There are the parenting blogs, the preaching blogs, trying to be funny blogs, improve your life blogs.But the thing is there are very few good story blogs.
I know I’m not going to get in depth research articles written up in a blog. There might be a click through link to one. But if I want a good research paper I can find it with a good search. So I dont need to scroll through blogs to find them
If I want some in depth advice on how to set up a wordpress site or market myself or make a banoffee pie. I will either do a quick key word search on the internet and skim read or watch, buy a book or ask a friend. I usually find the latter the most satisfying because it involves talking to people.
The other question I’m beginning to ask myself is, are blogs going out of fashion? At first they were a bit of a novelty. But does anyone really read blogs in depth? Do people really follow blogs? I get some followers on my Feldenkrais Download series Facebook page, but I think that’s just because people get updated when a new free podcast is up.
So if I am quiet for a while it’s because I’ve stopped blogging and guess what I am writing a BOOK !!