This morning while reading The Cotillion email, I saw that Kathleen of Right Wing Sparkle has decided to quit blogging.Â As I read her last post, I found myself agreeing with her.Â What use is blogging anyway?Â I’ve gone through so many stages of blogging: I’ve loved it, hated it, tolerated it, been frustrated with it, felt driven to do it, have been offended by it, laughed at it, and had fun with it.Â Some posts take hours of tedious work.Â Others write themselves in minutes.Â When I think of what I’ve written, I’m proud, ashamed, embarrassed, happy all at the same time.Â
One time I got so frustrated at what I perceived was the futility ofÂ blogging that I started deleting posts, and I deleted about 30 posts before I realized that I didn’t have toÂ delete anything -Â I could just stop writing.Â And so I stopped – for about a day.Â Then I was back at it – minus about 30 posts that are gone forever.
WhenÂ I think about the blogs I read regularly, 99% of them are blogs that I agree with politically or philosophically.Â WhenÂ I DO read blogs from a liberal perspective (which is not my perspective), IÂ refuse to comment.Â My comments won’t change anyone’s thinking, and it would only cause hard feelings.Â
Then there are the idiots that make blogging a pain – the people who create commenting spam and email spam.Â I wonder if there are truly people left on earth who still fall for all those stupid ads and get-rich-quick schemes.Â Does anyone still click on links embedded in comments? Apparently the answer is yes because despite the spam blockers I put on the comments for THE MEDIAN SIB, dozens of spam comments still get through to my “comment moderation” page each day. Â I then must spend time classifying them as spam and deleting them.Â And idiots are still using my web address to send out spam to others.Â So each day I must deal with numerous “returned emails” from spam sent from my web address.Â
It’s easy to get caught up in traffic – how many people visit THE MEDIAN SIB each day andÂ how many people comment.Â My competitive nature kicks into gear, and I want to write about something controversial in order to get more hits and more comments.Â Then I have to remind myself that increasing traffic is not my purpose here.
It comes down to the question of whether or not THE MEDIAN SIB makes a difference or serves a purpose.Â And, for me, it does.Â I know I won’t make a difference it anyone’s thinking.Â Sometimes I might provide new information or a different way of looking at things.Â Mostly, though, my blogging is for me.Â It makes a difference to me.Â It’s a form of journaling and communicating.Â It helps me work through my ideas and thoughts.Â It helps me solidify my thinking.Â
We don’t have the opportunity to sit down and discuss all our thoughts and opinions with our loved ones.Â When I’m long gone, there will still be THE MEDIAN SIB floating around in cyberspace with my words there for my children and grandchildren to read, if they’re so inclined.Â Thus, it is also a way of documenting my life.
Greta, at Hooah Wife and FriendsÂ wrote this:
“We are all stumbling through life, just some of us do it on a blog, out loud, for the world to read.” ~Greta~
Â Beth at My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy also talks about howÂ the world needs moreÂ Sparkle.
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