I have been thinking about why I keep this blog and what it means to me. It's not possible to put all of my thoughts into a coherent narrative, because they come to me in random bits. So, here are a few of the random bits:
1. I don't do this to make money. That would make it feel too much like work. At this stage in my life (which I would call "late middle age") I have spent enough years trying to please other people in order to get them to give me money. Here, I can write what I want, when I want.
2. I don't do this for recognition. I see awards being passed out, and bloggers campaigning for "blogger of the year" or whatever. Again, at this stage in my life, I am not interested in competition. Those days are behind me.
3. I don't want to specialize. I write whatever is in my mind on a particular day. It doesn't fit into any category. I love reading all kinds of blogs. I have hundreds of blogs on my bookmarks list, and they are quite varied in subject matter. I love the visual blogs that are full of photos: interior design, architecture, art, crafts, photography. I equally love reading blogs with no photos at all: poetry, story telling, personal narratives, day-to-day life, streams of consciousness. In my own blog, though, it could be just about anything on any given day. Some days are mellow and I notice the beauty all around me. Other days I feel like venting.
4. I don't understand all the bells and whistles. I don't know how to make a sidebar. I don't know how to change my template. I don't know how to count hits or keep track of those who visit my blog. I just enjoy each individual as they come along. I would like to be able to add bits from YouTube and create links to other sites, but don't know how. I don't "belong" to any groups, or officially "follow" any blogs. I do have a list of favorites that I read every day. I love them, but I don't know how to "subscribe" to them.
5. I value those "kindred spirits" with whom I carry on a regular dialogue of comments. I would love to be able to meet them in person one day.
6. I try not to get too political. I have very strong feelings about issues and some days I am just bursting to write about them. Sometimes I have written about them. I would write about them more, but I don't want to stir up controversy or start up arguments that can never be resolved.
7. I love getting glimpses of what life is like in other parts of the world. It just amazes me that bloggers are everywhere on this planet. I believe what Saint Augustine said: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."