De' fliengde Vuogtlänn'r

Observations, rants, etc. from a guy who really gets around.


To Blog Or Not To Blog

One of the really nice things about blogging is that I at least get to keep up on the goings-on in the lives of my friends and acquaintances. One who almost always gives me something to think about is my friend Deb, who now lives up on Washington State with her (relatively new) husband, who I also know from LinkUp.

One of the challenges she -- and a lot of us, I'm sure -- faces is trying to remember an idea for a blog. BTDT. I try to keep pen and paper handy so I can jot down notes, but it doesn't always work out. (Another trick I've tried in the past is carrying a micro cassette recorder. That's not always feasible, but it helped when I had it.) Of course, from my own Zen viewpoint, I had to point out that once in a while she (as well as the rest of us) needs to "empty her mind". It takes time to develop that skill, but it pays off.

Of course, the other challenge is deciding what to blog about and how to go about it.

As regards the "what", that's the easy part -- whatever strikes one as being significant at any point in time. I'm not one of those people who insist on posting/writing something every single day. That's way too contrived. Some days, there's just nothing of note to write about. Other days, there might be lots. Or there might be something from the recent past that strikes one as significant in the new moment. Blogs and journals were made for people, not the other way around.

The "how" really ought to be just as simple. What's your particular "take" on a subject? For me, being (at least nominally) a Christian, but also being -- philosophically and politically -- a l/Libertarian, the approach is rather easy. The one fly in the ointment is the ability that all Zen Masters have of seeing a situation from many sides simultaneously, without necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with any of them. So I fall back on the Christian and libertarian aspects. As well as my own warped sense of humor. (For the record, Deb also has a wicked sense of humor, so she brings that to the table.)

Bottom line: your blog should be about you -- about the things you see as significant, seen from your unique perspective.

At least, that's the way I see it. And I thought it important enough to blog about. :-)


At 22:47, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Jahn, it depends on what kind of blog you have. I have my frugal living blog because I think I can give some helpful hints with it. Sometimes I will stray from the subject but I try to stay on topic. I think the way I feel, as a person, comes out when I comment to certain blogs. I will give my take on their topic.

Since I am the stake Dry Pack specialist for our stake, I have been trying to come out with a way to blog about that. I would love for members to come read articles or announcements about dry packing. Only trouble is, I haven't figured it out yet. Blogs are open to everyone and how do I keep it just to people in the stake? or even should I? It's a delemia....

At 09:59, Blogger DebraPants said...

I have no problem blogging about whatever is going on in my day, but sometimes I think I should write something that might be a little bit more interesting to my future kids in a journal, like gas prices or current events or things like that. But sometimes when those things are going on, I don't think about them at that moment. I think later, when it's hard to track down all the facts of an event, for example, "I should've written about that!"


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