Sunday, July 29, 2007

Writer's Block

This is my 602nd blog post. I've been blogging about 3 years and 3 months. More and more often lately I find myself thinking about shutting the blog down. There are several reasons. The one I think about most is that this is such a crappy medium for relationship building or maintenence. There are people who read my blog to "keep in touch with me", which is a nice idea, but there are several problems. For one, it's entirely one sided. You feel like you know what's up with me and you've connected somehow, whereas in reality there's just nothing. And I don't like it, although I'm guilty of the same thing with my other blogging buddies. Also, the truth is that I generally don't talk about important things going on in my life on the blog. I don't (generally) talk about the things I think most and most deeply about. I tried that and didn't really like it, so I am unlikely to try again anytime soon.

Overall, I just feel very uninspired. I hesitate to go on any kind of official blog sabbatical, because it seems every time I tell someone I'm going to, I end up writing a lot. So if the blog seems kind of stale, that is why. I'm waiting for my muse to return. :)

5 comments:

Amanda said...

Hey, write when you feel like it. I love all your stuff, your deep thoughts, your petty thoughts, and the stuff about your life. But don't feel obligated to write.

You're right, blogging relationships aren't the same as those in real life, but don't discount them. You can learn a lot about someone by what they write on their blog. And besides there are those of us who wouldn't know anything about you if you didn't blog...

marc said...

having a blog for 3 years is quite an accomplishment. it should encourage you not to shut down your blog at all! look at all that you've recorded in the past. look at everything you've gone through, learned, loved and hated. look at the times when you did talk about what was important ... is it still important or have you changed? you have ... and that's excited to watch on a blog.

yeah, it's a crappy medium for relationships but it's still a medium. my dad loves your blog and will probably ground me for writing this but you enlighten him and he cares about what you have to say. you have a huge unique readership of people just like him who love and read what you write.

inspiration is a funny thing. i've felt like you about my blog many many a times. but we gotta keep writing. even if we're the only people who read it - it's important for some reason. =)

Pamela said...

Hey Ann,

I think your right about blogging not being a great way to keep up relationships but I don't think that's really what it's about, not for me anyway. I honestly don't think that many people even read my blog. Those who do are lurkers and don't make themselves known through comments anyway. I haven't been blogging as long as you have but in the year since I started my blog it has become a kind of journal of the goings on in my life. I too don't often write about very personal things but I write more about what I'm up to. It's helpful for me because i can go back and remember and see how God has been working through situations. The things I write in my blog wouldn't get written down if it weren't for my blog.

I don't think you should feel pressured to write or not write by your readership. Write when you feel like it and about what you feel like! But going against what I just told you about not feeling pressured, I hope that you'll keep writing because your blog is one of the few that I actually read all the time. Most blogs I only lurk occasionally. :) I love you Ann!!!! bjos

stephen said...

If you feel weird about writing personal things on your blog, you should start an anonymous blog, so you can really get things off your chest without any repercussions.

Then you should tell all of us where it is, so we can keep up with you.

Amanda said...

An anonymous blog? You mean, a diary??