I have a confession to make: when I started blogging a few years ago, I didn’t have the faintest. Not a bl..dy clue. I did not even really know that people blogged. A blogger? What on earth is that? Do you mean a blotter? That large absorbent paper one used to dry the ink on paper, in those days one wrote with a fountain pen, or a goose feather?
No idea then, but Daughter #2 had a blog and pushed me into this. I created a name, picked a visual theme, found my way around WordPress’ technical meanders, and voilà. I had a blog. (Wide-eyed emoticon)
My first post was a short story in Spanish: “Piano”, which has so far reached the astounding number of 8 views. 🙂 You’re quite welcome to check the story here:
Kandinsky: Anticipating the future.
My objective was to use my blog as a channel for my writing. I have been writing for over twenty years as a hobby. Short stories for a long while. Piano was actually the first one I wrote. In New York, on one of the very first laptops that had come out in the early nineties. I was in the Big Apple for a week at a seminar or congress, wrote the story in dull moments, which never fail to occur in such venues. I wanted to see if I could write a story that “worked”, that is, dragged the reader inside the story, trapped him or her, and ended on an unexpected note. Well, it seemed to work according to my close circle of friends. And I kept writing short stories until I “graduated” to write a novel in Spanish. Why Spanish? I live in Mexico, that’s why. But the problem is very few people read here. So I switched to writing in English. I liked the “sound” of what I wrote. Every language has its own, particular music. Literary agents in New York could not be convinced though. They live in a dying industry, and still pretend to go by the old rules. The band playing on the deck of the Titanic I guess.
Anyway. Back to “blotting”. I mean bloGGing. I had no idea what it was when I started, and I admit I still don’t know. Or, better put, I still can’t grasp the entire scope, magnitude of blogging. I have learned a few things though. Here they are, as they pop into my mind:
- Blogging is a world of immense talent. How many million blogs on WordPress? 15, 20, 30 millions? Obviously one can’t… “follow” millions. Not even thousands. Some of you have over ten thousand followers, and though we all know many are “ghosts”, to keep track of a few thousand or hundred followers is a daunting task. Regardless, all the blogs I keep constant contact with demonstrate an incredible talent. In any area. Writing, photography, thinking, art, poetry, what have you. TALENT. And that is the first reward of blogging: you E-meet those incredibly talented people who (mostly) have never published; never exposed in a gallery, and yet their work and talent is available to you. For free.
- And that is the second lesson of blogging: Free. Which is all very nice, but you can’t make a living on “free”. Some have managed to “sell” their production but via other means. Blogging is an add-on. Or can it be a vehicle? Think about that and if you have an answer, pray share. Now, if you look at it another way, free implies free-dom. And that is precious. Freedom is the opposite of arbitrary.
- “Sharing”. I “share”, I don’t “follow” anyone, neither do I have delusions of grandeur that people might “follow” me. Too many self-appointed leaders have led multitudes to self-inflicted misery. I guess WP just copied Facebook’s “follow” concept. However, I believe that what we do when we blog, is more “sharing” than “following” or being “followed” (Are you following me, “honey”?). 😉 We share experiences, thoughts, feelings, emotions, something in the street that caught our eye, a song or a tune, art that spoke to us. A good example is street art. I paid no attention to it until a post from a blogger friend featuring street art made me react. I now “catch” street art anywhere I go. And post/share it.
- E-Friendship. Trite as it may sound, though the vast majority of us will never meet, I do believe bloggers establish some kind of a relationship. 21st century pen-pals of sorts? Maybe. After a few years of commenting, exchanging, bonds – however slim – take shape. I have met a few bloggers and I dare say they have become friends. Some I may meet in the future, and I’m quite sure we can share a beer, coffee, tea, whatever, sometime, somewhere, and we will pick up the last thread of E-conversation we had without a glitch.
- Frequency: Another aspect I have detected: regardless of the blog’s main theme, those who post daily, have much more traffic. Honestly I can’t do it. The formats I post take me a couple of hours to put together, and I can’t do that everyday. I might try something else this summer in Paris though.
In a nutshell I surmise that:
Blogging = f (Talent, free-dom, sharing, friendship, frequency)
Not a bad combination. What do you say? What has Blogging come to mean to you?
Captain and crew welcome you back on Equinoxio’s irregular time-space blog. Can’t guarantee frequency though, but I do look forward to your comments, thoughts, reflections.
… To be continued.
** To Carson McCullers of course. “The blogger is a lonely hunter”
Ready to blog, Tlalpan, Mexico city, June 22, 2017 AD.