Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Month and a Day

Oh, blog! I have not abandoned you, much....just giving you a bit of breathing room..yeah, that's it.

In the last month - well, actually since March - I've been increasingly busy at work, which is no excuse, but there it is. I've still been reading my favorite blogs, watching the news, staying up to date on I've had all sorts of jumbling tumbles in my mind of things to blog about.

But, then again, I've been questioning the whole blog thing and whether it's really for me. I've come to the conclusion that it's not. I'm sure that's really no surprise, being that my last post was a month and a day ago, and my existentialist blather brought about exactly zero comments. But that's fine. I wasn't expecting any. I used to fret about that. Why doesn't anyone like me? Why doesn't anyone respond? Is my writing that bad? I re-examined the issue and figure it this way:
  • For a good part of my life, I've always been on the outskirts of normalcy and popularity and all that jazz, and I quite rather like it there. There is enormous freedom in it. I don't need thousands of followers to verify me or my writing. So...
  • Part of being a popular blogger is writing comments on other blogs and that sort of back-and-forth play. I don't really like that. I'm sorry. I know it's against the blogger code. But it's true. A comment I received on one of my latest posts was as transparent as the wind; it had nothing to do with my post - it was virtually online pimping of this person's own blog. If I feel so inclined to comment on your blog, I will. And I would like you to do the same. Don't comment because you expect something in return. And I certainly will not comment because I want anything from you.
  • I just don't have the time to keep up with my blog. Plain and simple.
  • Just because everyone's jumping on the bandwagon, does not mean that everyone needs to go along for the ride. I've looked into Twitter (yes, I still have an account but don't live on it, so it's updated even more irregularly than my blog), am on Facebook but am starting to be bored by it, have all but abandoned MySpace, and only go into LinkedIn when I get a request from someone. In other words, I'm in more places in cyberspace than I need to be. Does my blog add anything of value to my life or yours?
So, what does this all mean for The Humble Pen? Honestly, I'm not sure. I almost gave up before, took some time off, and regrouped. Now, the luster of blog upkeep is just lustrous to me anymore, although there are certainly enough things to write about that just don't fit within the 140 character limit of Twitter or my status updates on Facebook. So, let's leave it at this for now: This isn't goodbye; it's just Auf Wiedersehen.