In a little over a month I will celebrate my 4th anniversary as a blogger. In 6 months or so (Jan. 1st, 2012) I will celebrate 4 years of blogging every day.
I started as a diarist. I was newly involved in the processes of Art and I wanted to do something to record my progress (or lack of it) as an Artist - first drawing and sketching in pencil and then as a painter in oils. Of course, life and all its attendant 'stuff' have pretty much gotten in the way in the last couple of years and there hasn't been much painting, but the blog rolls on.
Having started as a diarist, and seeing the reason for the 'diary' diminish in importance in the day to day, the blog has evolved into what I like to call a "Seinfeld Blog", i.e., a blog about nothing.
I write fiction. I participate in writing challenges of various and sundry sort. I host a form of poetry on Fridays. And I publish photographs I've taken - usually on Wednesday. I even have a couple of books I'm working on. It's a busy blog.
But it's a blog about nothing.
I will not delve into politics - at least, I won't give it more than a superficial glance, once in a while.
I will not delve into religion - even though it's obvious that I was raised Christian (Catholic, actually) and I have a strong ethic regarding how I relate to the rest of the world and how I would like the world to relate to me.
The thing is, I read a lot of blogs. A lot. I don't comment as much as I used to, mainly because there are so many to read and commenting means Time. As I started this post, I intended to give voice to some questions that have been running around in my mind for the last little while - questions about the value of what I do here - what I write here - and what I don't write here. What I keep to myself.
But I've been running over the blogs that I read, in my mind, and I realize there are as many happy and upbeat blogs as there are those that deal with pain, depression and other human tragedies. So I guess I've answered the questions I've been asking myself without actually voicing them. And that's okay.
I love this blog. I love the people I can reach out and touch, from time to time, because of this blog. I love the people I have met and the friends - the real friends - I have found out here - because of this blog.
I guess I'll be here for a while.