Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Whither Go My Words?

The Internet provides us the ability to craft our words into an art-form. We communicate by typing our language onto a screen; we click a button that sends our words into an infinite space. Whither goes our message? Who knows? Out there somewhere, or everywhere?

Communicate we must for combining this modern utility with our art we reveal our character. Our ancient ancestors did the very same with their utility of a natural marker, leaving for the ages a record of their thoughts on the walls of their cave homes.

And so it is with each and every blog post I make. I cast my words, my thoughts, into the ether. Are they communicative? Are they well-crafted words? Are they long-lasting? Are they powerful?

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The Blog of a Nobody

I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there ‘s a pair of us — don’t tell!
They ‘d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

~~Emily Dickenson

We can only imagine what American poetess Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) could have accomplished with a blog. Or would it have, in fact, been much less than she accomplished without one?

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As I ponder the current writers’ strike, and said “professional” writers’ abandonment of their television gigs, I wonder if more and more readers will leave their TVs and come over to the Internet and read the “free” writings, photographs and videos of the bloggers.

Why blog?

Once one is a blogger, one knows exactly where one is. No other one can order the blogger about nor fire her. A blogger is her own mistress, and needs consult no one else nor mind what they say before publishing her blog. Things go on round about her world, but the blogger doesn’t fret about those things and writes only about what she finds of interest. If she finds nothing, then she goes on to other things, such as housework or shopping. There are no organized unions pestering nor ordering her about. She is a free writer and lives in an entirely different universe then does the professional writer.

There is really no security, peace nor tranquility, except when a writer is writing free. When her ideas out grow her blog and she wants to expand, why with a click of her mouse, she just begins another blog, — and there she is! If she begins to feel that her blog has gotten a bit too unwieldy for her to handle, she just stops writing for a while, and there she is once again! She needs no builders, no tradesmen, no craftsmen, no writers helping her, nor looking over her hunched shoulders, and above all she needs no UNIONS.

Take a look at professional writers of today. Their UNION said “jump” and they immediately had to respond “how high?” Where are they now? Marching their feet in picket lines instead of using their fingers to write. A few weeks of that and they will find themselves with heads barely above water while at the same time seeking smaller, less expensive lodgings where they will be inconveniently situated and horribly uncomfortable.

UNIONS certainly have their place for writers who desire to maintain a certain standard of living. But for writing free, which is my idea of writing, “there’s nothing like a BLOG.” It’s “BLOG Sweet BLOG” for me.

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