I read an article somewhere recently in which the writer deplored the fact that so many people spend so much time taking digital photos that they must live their lives in retrospect through their photos and not by actually seeing things in the moment. I thought about this and it seems to me that whilst there must be some truth in this statement there are also those of us who actually see more when we are thinking of sharing what we see with others. I know that I have become more aware of things I might otherwise have missed since I began blogging. What do you think - what are your thoughts on this subject? Discuss!
I have realised however that being a blogger - I guess I am now qualified to call myself that - I am less likely to really concentrate on other blogs and tend to flit through them as they grow ever larger in number. Every comment needs to have its author checked out and on every page there is bound to be another blog that takes my fancy thus I am becoming something of a butterfly and just flitting through the pages and like a child watching Sesame Street my concentration span is growing ever shorter as I dash on to the next. Do you find this happens to you too?
What is the answer to this I wonder? Should I limit my time on the computer and also limit the blogs I follow so as to give them the full attention many of them deserve? I have already made a few real friends with whom I feel a proper rapport and we sometimes exchange e-mails. Should I stop there or keep trying to reach out to everybody?
Why do we blog? Is it to share things we feel are important enough to warrant sharing, to please other bloggers, to please ourselves as a sort of on-line journal, to reach out to other like minded bloggers and to become inspired (and maybe in our own small way to inspire them) to try out their creative ideas....or why?
If it is to please others do they, like me, find themselves wanting a quick fix of plenty of pictures and not too much text so they can get on to the next blog? I notice that the blog pages I do of my craft endeavours seem to attract more comments than those of places I have been - should I then be posting more of those or should I carry on pleasing myself or even dare I say it stop altogether and just be a follower (which has occured to me)? Should I vary my blog to include crafts as well as outings and general chit chat? How long should a blog be - should it be brief with only a couple of photos or longer with lots of pictures? Do you enjoy the French Idyll slot - shall I continue with that? Is my blog up to scratch or are there changes I could/should make? Kate over at The Garden Bell seems to be asking some similar questions about blog content too - is it just us newbies that need help in this respect?
When I first came to blogging I read just a few pages and felt inspired to be more creative like their writers but now I seem to have begun blogging for the sake of it and am spending creative time on the computer which could perhaps be better spent on creating something real. My scrapbook pages remain pristine, my yarn stash is still in the bag, my patchwork is not yet made up into anything...
Thought I ought to illustrate this with some pictures - these were all taken yesterday when we went to Barrington Court - a National Trust property near here - for lunch and a wander round in the sunshine.
I look forward to hearing your views on the above.
Have a good weekend.