Ideally, it would be helpful to have a sufficient amount of time to write these posts. Almost all of what I write is just first drafts. There may be a kernel or two that could grow into something worthwhile. But, again, that takes time. This 365 challenge is an exercise to see how this all works. I have no interest to sit and blather into my blog. I can do that just fine in person, thank you very much. I took a course called The Art of Blather (no I didn’t) which is taught at The New School (no it isn’t). I received high marks (see the first parenthetical).
I’m frustrated with this post. I’ll wrap it up and come back to it later, maybe. For now I may just shove it to the back of the blog fridge nd allow it to turn into a blog science “experiment.” Normally, this post would have stayed in draft status, but I have to post something and I don’t want to post photos every day. That would be too easy. It would look good. But I wouldn’t be challenging myself. I have to keep writing. So, look away. Nothing to see here. Move on to a another blog. Here, take a gander at this one.
One week ago, I started this blog. It was the top of the year. My blog was spanking new and I started to blog at least once a day for the next 365 days. At the end of the first week of daily blogging, I began to recognize the potential richness that can be gained through sharing my observations online for all the world to see, read and hear. And the richness comes through introspection and meeting other people in the world. Ideas will be shared. New perspectives will be gained. Incidentally, blogging has already permitted me to visit A Mom’s Blog and Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss (Switzerland). Where to next?
It’s one thing for friends and family to take the time to visit my blog, if they do. It’s nice when they do. Maybe they leave a fancy word or two. (Tim?) It has been fascinating to become aware of the potential interactions with anyone online, anywhere on Earth (Or on a plane in flight? In outer space??). True, the same potential of interaction exists with the current major social networks of today (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.).
The goal of blogging is different than the goals of using certain online social networks. For one thing, blogging can take a lot more time to prepare the posts. Having said that, my one week of blogging has made me more active on the social networks. I’ve been taking small steps, but I have been reaching out more. Setting a header image on my Facebook profile page and my Google+ pages are tiny yet key steps. We’ll see where that all goes. Meanwhile, I’ll keep on bloggin’.