Apparently there is plenty of information “out there” or in hard copy about how to blog. Thus far, ie since November 2003, I have not really researched the subject. Perhaps now is the time to take things more seriously. After all, who am I writing for? Who are these cyberspace readers I seek? My suspicion is that I write more for myself than others, and certainly things in my life have changed a lot from when I started – all fresh eyed and a bit shy, wondering why I was joining in this blogging phenomenon. Most people who journal, keep diaries or write, know that writing is cathartic and helps us to understand the world and ourselves. In a sense it doesn’t matter whether anyone reads it or not. And this is contrary to the general communication ethic. For it seeks to spread its net far and wide.
Readers who have come back regularly over the years will have sensed the change in my pace of life. As a retiree, and someone whose health is often a bit iffy, I have had to seek a gentler way to interact with family, friends, community and indeed the world. Getting older has absorbed my attention and fascinated me. And it is one of my primary concerns to help myself and others live well and live wisely. If this sounds boring, I am sorry, but it is the truth nonetheless.
So over the next few days or weeks the plan is to tease out these ideas. To try to seek readers who are interested in life’s journey, in the way we relate (or don’t relate) to God/the Divine/ the Other / the Ground of our Being. To explore what it means to live at peace with the earth. And above all, to share the wonderful thought that in some wonderful, annoying, imponderable way we are each important, valued and loved.
Oh – and by the way – I want to enjoy life, share humour and generally help myself and others to feel better. The danger side is that I may stop hiding.
Hope you share the journey and your thoughts with me and others on this blog. I would be interested to hear what kinds of things you would like me to blog about.