Blogging and your quality of life

If you are a blogger, consider this a thank you post. If you are not yet a blogger, this may prompt you to get started.

Bloggers go from periods of exuberant creativity and profound insights to long, morose soliloquies about their painfully dull existence. It may not be entertainment, but it is a living record of their quality of life and has more value than they realize.

The sanitized version of our lives is like some 1950’s image of how things are supposed to be and is hardly worth reading. Writing from the heart commands more interest than carefully edited and polished "press releases" on how our lives are going.

I know how much I enjoy the daily adventures of the bloggers that I follow closely.

Some are blogging buddies with whom I exchange emails. Other bloggers are living out adventures that I share vicariously but would not willingly experience again because they live in the fast lane of working and consulting for large corporations. Other bloggers live quiet lives in distant places where they make the best of what they have, raise responsible children, and provide inspiration to those they touch online.

The one thing in common is that these bloggers write from the heart. They communicate a passion and an attitude that is uniquely theirs alone. They share no creed and are scattered all over the planet. They are serene, vulgar, erudite and profane. They believe in many gods or none and their ages span seven decades.

Some make me laugh, some bring a tear to my eye, but all entertain me and educate me. Their number is legion and is continually growing. They add so much to my life that I feel compelled to give back the best that I can. You will see their links in the sidebars of this site.

I manage to find time in an increasingly busy schedule to read weblog posts that offer food for thought in conveniently sized portions. These can be stand-alone articles or a series of posts about a topic.

Whatever the format, the content is what keeps me coming back even when I don’t have the the time to spare. The posts that stay in my mind longest are those that evoke an emotional reaction.

Do the rest of you find this to be true?

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0 Responses to Blogging and your quality of life

  1. susan says:

    David, I am constantly amazed by what inspires comments at my weblog. It’s usually the one that’s off-the-cuff while what I think would promote discussion stands empty. But that’s a huge part of not only connecting with people, but learning how to write well.

  2. Nicole Simon says:

    Yes. πŸ™‚ I always call it “getting to know a person from the inside out” other than our traditionally outside / inside.

    And it help me keep posted on what is happening, like for example to you, though we never met.

    It is the most wonderful experience I can ever recall on how to use technology.

  3. Yusmar says:

    It really is… true.

    Many thanks to you too, for all the thoughts and advice given through your blog all these while, some of them really connects to my career and affects the way I continue with my days ahead. A lot of your posts made me think and look at things differently.

    Thank you.

  4. David

    I’m glad you asked the question. It’s a subject I addressed recently over at Poopie’s Place. Here’s part of what I had to say to her.

    I like to read the writings of people like Idgie and Poopie. They seem more like family than anything else and yet, I can’t get anyone else in my family to write with me. It’s as if they believe I have been assigned the job…that it is my purpose in life.

    My favorite source for writing is my heart and emotions. I need to feel what I’m writing. If that doesn’t happen, I have no confidence in what I produce. Sure…some of my stories are interesting and maybe even entertaining or funny but they seldom touch the heart and emotions of another person and bring about even a small change in them.

    I know the power of words. So do some of you. Those are the ones I return to day after day. I know what’s on my Blog-roll and I also know the list that I use on Bloglines everyday. The two are not the same thing.

    Don’t ever give up! Blog on! Give effort to whatever muse presents itself today because tomorrow’s muse will probably be different. Do not grow weary in well doing. Listen to your heart and share the words it instills in your mind.

  5. Jane Chin says:

    I follow some blogs….
    – in a futile wish for some persons to find courage in a situation and find happiness for themselves
    – to see how some persons deal with their life threatening illnesses
    – and check out pictures of their families and what’s happening with their lives even when i don’t know them at all
    – to wonder how some persons can share so unabashedly and without excuses
    – just because i’ve got them bookmarked and it’s a ritual to go through the links

  6. Marie says:

    Yep. Like having children, I don’t know what I did with my life before blogging. My husband doesn’t understand this about me, but he plays alot of solitaire πŸ˜‰

  7. Linda says:

    You’re right of course: one of my best friends was made through online journaling. (I also recently discovered an old friend from high school online –wow! — how cool it is to read of his daily adventures!)

    It is the writers who blog the daily grind that bring me back time and again, because whether or not they can see how life unfolds for them, their readers can, and I look forward ot their posts in order to watch that flower bloom, if you will.

    Your post reminds me that my own moments, mundane as they may seem to me, are fleeting, and should be captured so I can look back a year from now and see how far I’ve come.

    I’ll just be getting back to posting more frequently, then, shall I?

    And thanks for the reminder — indirect as it was. πŸ™‚

  8. Lawrence says:

    David,

    Thank you for your comments. Just discovered your blog this evening and I appreciate your honesty and genuine love of what you are doing. Your comments (as well as those left by others) are inspiring for me, and while I continue to be amazed at how much technology has impacted our collective lives, I sometimes remember the joy of writing on an old manual typewriter, as well. Funny the things you remember …

  9. Eric says:

    It is the unfiltered personal perspective that keeps me reading blogs. Plus I can’t help but root for someone real going through many of the same things I am. Their success inspires me to try and do the same.

  10. Frank Amand says:

    I’m curious what you would think of my blog. It is written from the heart, but it might easily appear not be that way. I want to share my thoughts with people but I don’t want to write anecdotical. I do want to discuss and have my ideas challenged before I eventually might publish them in a book format.

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