Martes - in any language

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.



Big Mark 243 said...

I am glad to have discovered you, Lou. You are a very talented and worldly man and you have a big heart.

Take care and I am looking forward to reading more from you... you are an inspiration for me to keep reaching and striving!!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I'm glad you're sticking around.
I can be super-lazy about commenting, but I'm always reading your blog in my reader.
I sometimes struggle with what I share vs. what I keep private as well. But then I usually just shrug and say, it's my space, I'll do what I want with it.

Jientje said...

I'm always looking forward to read what you write about in this blog, so don't say it's a blog about nothing, that just wouldn't do it justice! I know I don't always comment, but I always read what you have to say, and I value your opinion on things. You're such a wise person and throughout the years, you've come to live in my heart. I think you know that. I love this blog and I'm glad you're going to stick around. I promise I will try to be a better blogger myself, and not be so absent as I have been lately!

Tara R. said...

One of the main reasons I closed my old blog was because is had become so depressing. I was drowning in negativity. My new place is much lighter and I feel much happier with it.

The only good thing about the old place, is that I met people like you. I'm glad you're my friend for real.

Grandmother said...

In all our lives, "some days are diamonds and some days are stone" so we write what's real for us. What makes your blog valuable is that you love it. It's always our secret ingredient. Even as a psychiatric nurse working with the persistently and profoundly mentally ill, it was my secret weapon.

PattiKen said...

I agree with Jientje. This is SO not a blog about nothing. it is a blog about you, and that's what keeps us all coming around to catch up with life in Louville. I'm also grateful to have found you. It's always good to connect with family. ;-)

I'm so glad you will keep on keepin' on.

Bama Cheryl said...

Happy bloggy anniversary! I love your blog - very sane and fun. Love your twists on words, like Tiw's day. Keep going, Lou!

Mrs4444 said...

Good! I'm glad. My 4th year blogiversary is this summer, too, and I feel the same way; I love it.