A Pause to Reflect About Blogging

Selfie, JMN.

Selfie, JMN.

In several postings I’ve tapped a vein of old correspondence to my mother that describes events I forgot ever happened and thoughts I forgot I ever had. It’s a bit like clinically examining an earlier version of yourself preserved in a jar.

In the last fragment I posted I was struck by how eerily prescient it seemed in light of today’s happenings. In that 1987 moment I question reaction to the press’s treatment of Reagan when he was president, and I defend the fourth estate’s prerogative to pose tough questions to holders of elected office. That post has garnered virtually no response, and I think I’m learning why.

Just recently I read a useful advisory piece by a fellow blogger about successful blogging. It said, among many things, that blog posts were more likely to attract notice and approval if they were useful. My Reagan post, intriguing as it might be to me on a personal level, isn’t useful, instructive or entertaining. It merely adds to the volume of contentious noise already out there that must be as exhausting to many as it is to me.

I don’t want my posts to be too frequent, too lengthy, or too topical. Nor do I want to overload them with autobiography or confession. I want to write and share things that are edifying, amusing, informative, maybe provocative or puzzling, but not inflammatory. Also not shallow or superficial too often, I hope.

If I excavate anything else from 1987 or elsewhere to exhibit on EthicalDative, I intend to give extra thought before publishing to whether it’s noteworthy — likely to be useful in some way — to the blogging audience I’m privileged to encounter.

(c) 2018 JMN.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to A Pause to Reflect About Blogging

  1. I wouldn’t worry about being useful. When was the last time you got excited about something useful? Carry on being different. (Note: This may not be good blogging advice)

    • JMN says:

      I have to say you seem like a kindred spirit. I appreciate very much what you say here. I bounce between wanting to speak out on touchy topics and wanting to be anodyne and decorous so as to have general approval. I’ll keep trying steer between the extremes. Thanks for this very encouraging input!

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