Blogs Are Stupid

Doesn't anyone believe in Dear Diary anymore? What happened to the joy of putting actual pen to paper? And why does every ordinary Jane and John think they can write well enough to burden the world with their scribblings? It’s a mystery that badly needs solving. My first entry contains my thoughts about blogging and will set your expectations. The rest will probably be stream of consciousness garbage, much like you’ll find on any other blog. Perhaps we will both come away enlightened.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Resolved

The end of November and all of December caused my life to spin wildly out of control, as I'm sure, it did all of yours.

As a result, the content here has fallen somewhat short of the standard I set forth waaaaaay back when I decided maybe there was something to this blogging thing and that perhaps I should stop being saracastic about it and really write some stuff.

I never really had a "formula" or a "theme" as some blogs do; this is not a "foodie" blog, or a "mommy" blog or even a writing blog. But I thought maybe I was writing something worth reading.

I don't feel that has been particularly true for the past couple of months.

Recently, this blog has devolved into a litanty of personal complaints, amusing but essentially pointless anecdotes, and mindless banter. Not that any of that is bad, necessarily. But a constant diet of such soon becomes stale and uninteresting. I can't tell you how many blogs I have stricken from my blogroll for that very reason. They were so fresh and interesting and relevant at first, but soon became indistinguishable from every other blog out there.

I can blame it on Christmas, and believe me, I will, but the truth is, I've gotten a little lazy and lacksadaisical about writing quality blog content. Also, I think I have let the pressure of thinking I have to write something every day take precedence over writing something meaningful.

So I resolve to get back to the kind of content I have always prided myself for here at Blogs Are Stupid.

But first I have to stop my incessant whining.

It's tempting, isn't it, to use one's blog to trot out all one's personal heartaches? Why is that? Is it just that bloggers are usually writers by nature and that writers, as a matter of course, use words to purge themselves of the pain? Is it because words are, for us, a talisman against the sadness that might otherwise overwhelm and consume?

Or is it just the nature of the internet beast that makes us feel comfortable spilling our secrets into unseen ears?

Whatever the case, I've been doing far too much of it. And I've been doing far too much blither blathering about the minutaie of my life, because it's easy to rattle off those details without much thought or effort.

A certain amount of that humanizes a writer and endears him or her to her audience, I think. But too much of that makes readers comatose with boredom at some point.

I haven't written anything on the scale of Religion for Dummies or Feminism Skepticism or North and South lately and I'm feeling a little sheepish about it. A lot sheepish about it.

So there you go. Screw weight loss (although that is on the agenda as well), this year, the resolution is to stop being such a lightweight here at Blogs Are Stupid and start writing quality content again.

I'm doing it for myself and my integrity as a writer, but I hope you will find it a worthy resolution as well.

25 Comments:

  • At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Kathy said…

    I enjoy all your your posts, we all need to complain once in a while!

     
  • At 8:24 AM, Blogger Avalon said…

    I can't say I agree with you on this one. Those Blogs that share the secrets, the personal heartaches, the intimacy........those are the Blogs that keep me coming back again and again. They allow people a commonality. Yes, I also like the witty Blogs, the sarcastic Blogs, the thinking Blogs, but in the end, after reading them daily, they can fall into the trap of sounding a bit pretentious. If I want a diatribe about the state of the world, I'll go to NPR or the library.

     
  • At 9:17 AM, Blogger Life As I Know It said…

    I think a big part of writing is getting out emotions that may not have any other escape. And that's ok.
    Complain all you want! But definitely keep writing! It's good for the soul.

     
  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger slouching mom said…

    i'll come calling whatever you're writing.

     
  • At 10:28 AM, Blogger Grilled Pizza said…

    I love reading your posts no matter what they are about, sometimes the personal stuff is better because it gives an insight into your opinions on the other stuff.
    I always have a rant on mine so apologies if its dull lol its not meant to be a masterpiece its just meant to be me.

     
  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger Kathy said…

    I know how you feel. I've really eased up on the "quality content," if I ever had it in the first place, and often find myself updating for the sake of updating. I always question what I write: too whiny? Too snotty? Am I not "spilling enough?"

    I'm not a spiller. And I'll never understand why I should be. To be honest, I'd rather someone hold back and not tell me everything.

    It's your site, and in the end you have to write what makes you happy.

     
  • At 10:52 AM, Blogger Amy Y said…

    Personally, I enjoy the variety I've experienced here. I feel like hearing the whiny parts, the mommy parts, the writing parts, all of it helps me to get to know a little more about someone I've never met ~ you. If I didn't find you interesting, I wouldn't come back. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of your new resolution, however.

     
  • At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In the spirit of Bridget Jones, "I like your blog just as it is".

    So there.

     
  • At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Kvetch said…

    I will read whatever you write!

     
  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger sltbee69 said…

    Just adding my 2 cents that I'll read whatever you decide to write. I love it all!

     
  • At 12:10 PM, Blogger Carol said…

    I totally relate! People have asked me why my blog doesn't have ONE theme. To me it's a big DUH: "because my LIFE doesn't have just one theme!"

    Carol

     
  • At 12:58 PM, Blogger margalit said…

    I can't remember you ever NOT writing quality prose, even when it was a personal whine. Me, I think your blog is just about perfect. I love what you're doing, so don't make any huge changes, please.

    But... you do need to fix your template. Something on your right sidebar is too wide, so on Firefox it's pulling everything on the sidebar below your actual content. I'm not sure what is too wide, but you might want to reduce the font size on the blog design and the books you are reading, and see if that helps.

     
  • At 1:11 PM, Blogger mamatulip said…

    I've been feeling the same way lately about my blog, that the content isn't what it once used to be, and I think it has something to do with the fact that I'm torn between wanting to write and post more personal pieces and not wanting to, because of the whole 'putting myself out there' fear. I mean, I know I put myself out there every time I click 'publish', but there's a difference between poop and boogers posts and posts that delve into the skeletons in my closet.

    So...I know what you mean, but I love what you write, no matter what.

     
  • At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Doug said…

    .....Is it just that bloggers are usually writers by nature and that writers, as a matter of course, use words to purge themselves of the pain? Is it because words are, for us, a talisman against the sadness that might otherwise overwhelm and consume?.....

    Not sure this is soley a trait of writers, but rather people in general. I'm not a writer, but when I did blog, it was very beneficial to spill my guts from time to time regardless of whether there was an audience.

    BTW, I like the sarcasm and style of your blog, whether you consider it whining or not.

     
  • At 3:32 PM, OpenID wheelsonthebus said…

    Um, just promise me there will be SOME sarcasm.

    Emily

     
  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger flutter said…

    I've loved all of your words so far. Can wait to see what else you have to share

     
  • At 5:08 PM, Blogger Mrs. Chicky said…

    There's definitely an ebb and flow to writing a blog. I can't come up with a coherent thought to save my life these days but I'm blaming it on pregnancy. And I'm going to ride it for as long as I can.

     
  • At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Organic Mama said…

    Yours is a blog I come to to remind me why I began blogging - insightful, constantly questing for meaning and doing all of the above in a beautifully written, regularly poignant, often delightfully sarcastic way. You inspire me and I will also read whatever you write. If you feel your content needs elevating, augmenting or simply a deviation from where you feel you've become mired, so be it, but yours is an exceptionally relevant blog for me as a parent and as a fellow lover of words, and more.
    We all need to vent and bitch sometimes and writing about what makes us nuts is profoundly (perhaps basely) human - however, you usually have a larger point to make when you do what you consider complaining. Still, a worthy resolution, and one I am adopting, as well.

     
  • At 9:53 PM, Blogger Antique Mommy said…

    I admire your ability to tell a story and hope you will consider telling more of the stories from your life in the coming year.

     
  • At 10:14 PM, Blogger Kathryn in NZ said…

    Call me shallow, but I almost don't care what you write, cos I love how you write. You and Antique Mommy renew my faith that the English language is still alive and well and being used to its full extent.
    If you were to ever hear or read what passes for English down here most of the time you would understand where I'm coming from...

     
  • At 11:33 PM, Blogger Cathy said…

    I've loved the writing, including those posts you refer to as complaining!

    They appeal to my inner grouch.

     
  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger jennie said…

    Well, don't be too hard on yourself. All writing is practice and although sometimes the content may be light (or light to you), it is still taking an idea and presenting it. It all takes work and diligence, and both are good.

    I view writing and making art sort of like cooking - if I waited until I was ready to cook a gourmet meal to feed my family, we'd all be starving. Sure, sometimes I would have the energy and the creativity to make something very special, but some days I'm just thankful for Stove Top. And really, doesn't everyone love Stove Top?

     
  • At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Honey, I love your blither blathering!

    Mary Istvan

     
  • At 6:43 PM, Blogger WI Mommy said…

    I agree with all of the comments so far - I enjoy your posts and have no complaints about content! (Otherwise why would we all keep coming back now, right?)

     
  • At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Heidi (minnesotamom.wordpress.com) said…

    Piece of crap. I'm so sick of attempting to use my OpenID and having it erase my comment.

    Anyway, I'll try to remember what I said.

    I'm picking up what you're throwing down here, and I admire your ability to self-critique. I've only been blogging for two months, and already I can see what you mean by getting tired of the blither blather. Even very, very popular blogs have lost interest for me because of the same ol', same ol'. While I don't wish every blog to be so bursting with smart content that my brain can't handle it, I find my eyes skimming over those who have posted their 18th anecdote for the month.

    And...this applies to MYSELF, primarily. Blither blather could be the TITLE of my blog. Hm. So there you have it--you've done inspired me. Let's see if inspiration sticks.

     

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