I will be as honest as I can.
I will sometimes tell you the weirdest truths
I won’t talk down to you
I will assume that you are just as smart and compassionate as I am
I will not scream or rant with the unreal belief that doing so will change your mind.
Sometimes I wonder why I blog so much.
- Is it to soothe my ego?
- Is is to gain fame?
- Is it to get you to understand some alternate truth?
- Is it just to pass the time of day?
In reality it is probably a little bit of each. I know that nothing I say can change your mind about almost anything but it just might nudge you a little in my direction. My blogging philosophy is pretty much defined by the five things above. I will never tell you something unless I believe it to be true but some of my truths might seem a little weird I won’t talk down to you as if I have some great knowledge that you need to somehow get through your tiny little brain. But, I am a compassionate guy about several different things. I like to believe that my main reason for blogging is to coax you to sharing my compassion.
I try to keep my posts on at least some level of jest and human. This is what my hero Will Rogers taught me. I want you to be informed about these things but I won’t call you an idiot if you don’t get on board. I know you are as immersed in your own personal perceptions, some say prejudices, as I am. I hope to get your attention so that you will come back for more visits. That is probably where the ego comes in.
This stuff, like many other things just popped off the top of my head….
I got to thinking the other day that I spend quite a bit of time blogging. I presently maintain two very active blogs (this one and another related to being a follower of Jesus). In the past I have run six blogs at the same time. Am I crazy or something? When I got right down to it I realize that blogging is now my creative outlet.
My body continues to degrade as the months go by. While I am still a pretty active guy I find I have more and more pains and conditions as time passes. When I was in the corporate world I designed and implemented software tools for an engineering division. When I retired from that I opened a cabinet shop and designed and built dozens of different hutches and such. Those were my creative activities. Now that I am retired and with a dwindling body I chose something a little less physical. Even though I am now old my brain continues to travel at a mile a minute. I have spent my life asking “why” and I expect that will be the last word out of my mouth.
As I have mentioned I have always loved writing; it has always come easily for me. I think that if I had had an impassioned guidance counselor in high school I would have likely chosen a literary field of endeavor instead of the technical one. I wonder what my life would have looked like if I had chosen that path? I read books at an early age and reading has been a lifelong activity for me.
When I went deaf twenty-five years ago much of my daily person to person interactions ceased. Daily chit-chat became nearly impossible. I could not get into discussions about the topics of the day with others. Blogging allows me to do that again. It has become my virtual “ears”. Where others can call a friend and talk whatever is on their mind I do that now via blogs. I am an impassioned altruist now and blogging also allows me to reach out to others with that message. I hope I get through to a least a few with my messages.
At its foundation writing for me is my creative outlet. It allows me to express myself in way that I can’t or maybe wouldn’t do otherwise. I guess I am still a pretty creative person as I do blog a lot! Thanks to everyone who occasionally listens…..
The more popular my blog becomes the more I am open to the morons who troll around on the Internet. While I have the best readers in the world (thanks Bob for the phrase), I also have my share of moron trollers lately. Most end up on my blacklist who are blocked from further comments (thank heavens my blog host has that and it anti-spamming capability). So, when I came upon this article about how to deal with these guys it got my attention. Here are my two favorite ones from the article:
Source: Top 10 ways to deal with the Internet’s biggest morons – Digital Life.
Learn to argue without bringing out the worst in people
Sometimes you just can’t help yourself, and you get into an argument with someone on the internet. As bad an idea as this is, there are some things you can do to avoid coming off as a troll (and thus avoid bringing out the troll in everyone else). You can also try and sound like you know what you’re talking about even when you don’t, but on the internet, that’s a recipe for disaster, and you’ll lose an already impossible-to-win argument. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, be sure to read up on how to get out of an argument with an irrational person. You’ll need it. More…
Now that I have passed the 1,000 post mark on this blog and have managed to get a regular and growing following I thought I would give you some “secrets”on blogging. Even though I am just an ordinary guy and not a Pulitzer prize winner I think I have some wisdom to offer beginning bloggers. More…