Thoughts on Blogging

Man, it’s been a little while since I have a chance to write anything here. I actually just wrote a more professional piece on this topic for the other blog I run, but I wanted to put down some ideas here. Well, first of all its been a busy month. I’ve had a lot of work, which is always good, and a few problem students… which isn’t, but hey, it’s experience, right? Heh, it actually is good experience. It certainly develops my people skills and my confidence in my own abilities. So, I drove down to Southeastern yesterday. The trip had three purposes really, all of which were accomplished after a fashion. I met a lady that I’ve been emailing with on eHarmony. I really like her as a person, and after meeting her I can say that I am attracted to her physically, though not as attracted as I’d like to be. However, I really like her as a person, so as long as there’s an attraction there, looks aren’t my first priority. I didn’t get to spend much time with her, and hardly any of it was spent alone, but it was good to actually meet her in the flesh. I also had lunch with a close friend of mine, and I got to meet with the man that I’m hoping will be my major professor if I get accepted. I almost wrote ‘when’ there, but I’m really trying not to jump the gun. So, all of that was good. However, I managed to get lost on the way there, and then slid out in the snow on the way back and slammed my car into the bank of an exit ramp. I’m going to have to get it looked at before I know how much damage there is, but I’m really hoping that I don’t have to buy a new car :(. I’m afraid that the frame might be bent. Still, God will provide. He always has in the past. Perhaps the damage won’t be that bad, or perhaps someone will up and offer me a new car, or perhaps he work it out so that I don’t ever need a car (not sure how that would work though… …).

Anyway, my Facebook news feed has been filling up pretty quickly with some pretty ridiculous blog posts. I don’t post status updates all that often on Facebook, and when I do its usually a scripture passage, something funny that one of my students said, or a passage from some book I’m reading. It’s actually really rare for me to post blog links on facebook. So, I’m not entirely sure why its suddenly so popular. However, what gets me even more than this is the fact that the majority of the blog posts that pop up are pretty sad. It’s not that the writing is horrible. Most of these people (though not all) have decent spelling and grammar. However, I see so many posts that are just… pointless. Not even pointless personal ramblings like this blog is. If the posts read like someone’s journal entry, then I could give them a pass. I’m doing the same thing here. These, however, are clearly not journal entries. Many of these posts start off with 10 Things or The 7 Things, etc, and its pretty obvious that the authors are trying to say something to the world. What really gets me, though, is how facile most of these posts are. They read as though the writer is trying to prove why his/her way of doing… something is better than everyone else’s.

It’s this egotistic defensiveness that really frustrates (and if I’m honest, kind of frightens) me. The idea that I can post a short list of ideas that everyone should read, agree with, and follow without really explaining them or defending their importance (speaking of which, I need to get back to thinking about virtues…) seems to be incredibly common. I could understand if the authors were posting these simply as ideas to remember, or posting them as personal thoughts, or even posting them with an intent to return to the subject at a later date and fill out an argument for each thing on the list. However, this idea that everyone should be like me so that I can be the best, or even because I’m the best, appears to be increasingly common. It seems to me that in a world where a thousand voices are already telling me what I should do and who I should be, the addition of a hundred thousand more really isn’t a good thing. … …I suppose this is why I’m a luddite, isn’t it :P?

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