Friday, July 09, 2010

Life, blogging and transition .....

I return, once again, to a post by my friend, Frank Wilson, proprietor of the Philadelphia-based books, INQ.

"Blogging has been sporadic for a number of reasons," Frank writes in this post. "For one thing, I have been busy trying to meet deadlines. But my blogging is also in a state of transition, reflecting my life, which has also been in transition. Of course, everyone's life is always in transition. Life, like the weather, is a chaotic system."

There's more to it, and I recommend your perusal. And while it may not be long on text, it IS deep in content. And it touches upon something that should be familiar to any of us who have more-than-dabbled in the craft of blogging, and whose commitment to said craft is measured in years.

I'd truly be interested in learning what YOU think, after reading Frank's post.


Rob said...

Like Frank, our lives over the past coupla years have been a turbulent time, buoyed by a few sanity-preserving pockets of calm and fulfillment. I've struggled to maintain some semblance of normalcy and keep our blog alive - if only so that others would know that we're still afloat. But often, when I have the time - and energy - to blog, I'm fresh out of inspiration. Predictably, when my creative juices are flowing freely with blog post ideas, time often doesn't permit the outlet.

But again, like Frank, I feel like we're finally getting our sea legs. Time will tell.

Jeff said...

Stay the course, Rob. Our corner of the blogosphere wouldn't be the same without you.

Eric Siegmund said...

Just back from vacation (yet ANOTHER excuse for irregular blogging!) so I'm late to this discussion. But Frank's situation is not unlike what a lot of us long-time bloggers are experiencing now. Many of those whom I've followed for years are re-evaluating their commitment to the medium, and how it fits with their current circumstances.

I continue to believe that Facebook and Twitter are slowly killing off "recreational" blogs (defined as those that serve no significant professional purpose). I'm still trying to figure out how I want to apportion my time amongst the various social media alternatives, each of which serves a different audience and purpose. But the pie is only so big, and adding slices means the other pieces have to get smaller.

The one important thing I take from Frank's post is that being a slave to your blog instead of a master is ultimately counterproductive.

Jeff said...

Eric, you're spot-on in your comments. Some days, I find myself torn between the recreational and the professional within the virtual world ... and between the virtual world and the actual world.