Is this thing on?

New Year’s Resolution: Start blogging again.

But why? And how?

Well, “Why?” is pretty straight forward, I just want to leave a record. On some level I want to open a window, offer some insight into who I am, and how I feel about my life… but honestly, why should anyone care? That’s not some maudlin self-deprecating lament, it’s simply a reflective observation. If I look at the way I consume information, I rarely invest time beyond a skim across my Facebook stream, and when a friend does offer depth, I am unable to read it or respond… I’m in the middle of some important project, the weather is too nice to spend free time in front of a monitor, or it’s one of those full-on kids weekends… whatever. By the time I remember the piece, it has moved on and somehow feels irrelevant… or at least creepy to comment so much later.

What do I want to reveal to make this blog something worth reading? Is it just a collection of arty links and cool internet memes? Do I express concern about my kids, or does this just give ammunition to those who seek excuses for not engaging with them? Do I openly say that there are times when I’d rather be doing something other than Family Time? Or will faltering in the face of perfect Hallmark Parenting be the weakness that will be Exhibit One in the court of teenage rage? How much do I open up about my marriage, or is any extrospection T.M.I ?

“You know, you could just keep a secret diary. It doesn’t have to be on the internet, you exhibitionist freak.” Wait, was that one of the voices in my head? The Voice of Reason? I thought I had a restraining order against that one…

No, I think a one-man show only works on a tiny stage, even if it’s barely the size of a soapbox. It might even lead to discourse! No doubt I’ll get a comment or two by old friends, the same ones who can’t help but mention just how much I supposedly post on Facebook when they see me at the pharmacy… they should see some of the people in my stream if they want to see frequent posting. Anyway, these old friends are the same people who insist on reading it all, but never post themselves. Lurkers under the overpass of the superinformation highway… why did you send me a Friend Request to begin with?

This is a nice way of staying in touch. I know the Twitterati will choke on the character count, but I’m verbose. Change the friggin’ channel if you don’t like the show.

Well, I’m back. Let’s see how long this shiny thing holds my attention this time… A friend of mine calls his blog “The Thing of the Moment” because someone pointed out to him that he’s always into something. I know that feeling, but I promise to keep at it, dear reader… at least through the dark months.

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