Sunday, September 30, 2012

To blog, or not to blog?

That is, indeed, the question.

So I've decided to write a blog.  Not very original of me, I hear you say.  I know.  But I'm doing it anyway.  I've been struggling with a whole lot of doubt about whether to do it, or not.  Because I'm sure everyone is desperate to be privy to the inner workings of my mind, here is a sort of re-enactment of the conversations I've been having with myself about said question.  Imagine a devil vs. angel on shoulder type scenario...

Devil: "Everyone in the whole damn world writes a blog, you will be just another boring mummy blogger and no-one will read it".
Angel:  "It depends how you view it.  Even if everyone has a blog, that doesn't make it less legitimate as a hobby.  No-one worries about how many other people already do cross-stitch, scrapbooking or, I don't know, play weird World of Dragony War Doom Craft type games.  They do it anyway, or even because other people do it, because then they are part of a community.  Also, if you are worried about nobody reading it, don't be.  Do it for the sake of doing it, not for someone else to read.  Do it because you like to write and think about writing all the time, because you need a creative outlet and because you think you're a bit funny.  And because you like reading other people's blogs and are interested in their lives.  Also, who cares!?"

Devil:  "People might read it!  And hate it!  And write mean things about me!"
Angel:  "Whoah there, weren't you just saying that no-one would read it?  Take a chill pill there lady.  Don't get ahead of yourself.  Firstly, probably no-one will read it, at least for a while.  And secondly, if they do start reading it, that's a good thing!  And if they are mean, just delete their comments.  Hell yes! Thirdly, who cares!!??"

Devil:  "I have no time!"
Angel:  "Just write when you can!"

Devil: "Umm...."
Angel: "Do it!"

Devil: "But...umm.."
Angel: "Do it, damn your eyes! I'm a busy little cherub, I've got things to do, I'm supposed to be appearing in a vision to a Mexican peasant in twenty minutes!"

Devil: "OK".
Angel: "Good, that's sorted then.  I'm off to Mexico.  Hopefully I'll have time for a margarita afterwards..."

So there you have it.  Who can argue with that logic?  Not I.

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