My best looking and most intelligent niece contacted me tonight asking:-
'Who are you writing for when you are writing your Blog?'
It appears she is doing one of those college courses we do to keep the brain alive, or possibly make herself some money. So I sat down and answered her as well as I could.
"Today I try to write what I think about the world and its doings.
That is, something crosses my mind and hopefully I can get something out of it.
I find an appropriate picture and blether away, usually from the top of my head, as most must realise. Sometimes I have something I consider important to say therefore I may make more effort to make this readable.
I have found several friends blogging worldwide this way, very different from me in many ways, but we get on well chiding one another rudely but decently. There is an ever present temptation to write towards them rather than write for myself. On the other hand maybe that makes me look at a wider variety of subjects? I tell others to write for themselves, not for the reader. If you write for the reader you do not say what you wish, you say what they wish to hear or what you wish them to hear. Neither is truly honest. I attempt to say what I think, which loses readers on occasion, but maybe gains them otherwise, others remain even if they disagree. This is good.
I find sometimes I am writing just so people will read, that is I am not writing for myself when I write what I think, I am writing to be paid some attention! Is this good I wonder? It can be fun, but is it truly honest? With such friends however you get away with a lot, bad grammer for instance....
The blog began because I wanted my voice heard, how selfish and arrogant! Before the internet the small man might be able to vote, write a complaint or two, possibly make his voice heard by not using some facility or going on strike, but today with what is referred to as ‘social media,’ and this can be unsocial also, the small man can be heard. By blogging his thoughts, or lack of them, he can throw out his voice to the world, by e-mail he can remind his MP that ‘UKIP are doing well round this way’ and make him take notice, by using forums he can keep in touch with a variety of peoples, in short his voice goes further, and sometimes they listen. Even dictatorships can be shaken this way!"
So I blethered on and wonder what she will make of this. Indeed why do any of us blog? Some have something to say, some blog from political or religious reasons, some for money others to keep in touch with a widespread family. Why do you blog? Do you find it worthwhile? You must if you keep it up. Some give up and sneak back again, what is it that drives them back? It would be interesting to know, would it not?