You know how sometimes you’re talking about something and you either lose your train of thought and/or you’re interrupted and then you can’t recall what you were saying (I think this happens to everyone, not just me). Well, as they say: if you can’t remember, maybe it wasn’t worth saying. I’m beginning to discover that with blogging.
I now have 39 incomplete drafts. That’s too many just to be an occasional thing. It’s clear I get started on some post and then lose steam but don’t have the compelling need to finish it so it just sits there, stale and neglected.
A while back recognizing I couldn’t actually make all the posts I wanted, in the time window available to me, I started recorded the urls and a few notes, assuming I’d come back and finish these sometime. Well that cut the time required to get an incomplete post and so the number of unfinished posts of this type is even in the hundreds.
So I started my QuickReaction series, which at least meant the relatively brief bursts of reaction I had would get recorded (and not kept in some backlog I’ll never finish) but even those began to lapse.
Now recently I was really into what seemed to be an interesting post, similar to what I used to do, but my new life (starting in 2013) now has much less private time (and I can only do posts while alone since this is all secret) and so I was interrupted in the middle of a post that really interested me. So I used another technique (while concealing WordPress.com itself) to record a bit more of what was what I wanted to say, but nonetheless in nearly two weeks I never managed to come back and finish.
So I need to be realistic. If I don’t finish a post in one sitting, I never finish it. And that really tends to imply it wasn’t that important to me so obviously I can’t expect it to be at all important to you.
So what is the point of blogging? Most posts for most people go mostly unread so why do so many do it? And if we don’t do it for others then are we even doing it for ourselves? Almost all my posts have been read by someone but it’s also clear that most reads are “mistakes” (a search leading to me that wasn’t what the searcher wanted) so few posts are actually worth writing, so why bother? But today is just a down day all around so I won’t let the apparent futility of much of what I’m doing infect me into total withdrawal.
So let’s keep on bloggin’