Wordpress has a tool for writing practice called The Daily Post. WordPress gives you a word to write about as a post on your blog. The word today is the title of this post. I am reading a book called ‘A Tale For The Time Being’ by Ruth Ozeki. It is a well written, thought provoking book. I am only 1/4 of the way through it. On page 25, Nao, a young woman, contemplates writing stories about her 104 year old great grandmother, Jiko. She notes, “I mean, if I thought the world would want to know about old Jiko, I’d post her stories on a blog, but actually I stopped doing that a while ago. It made me sad when I caught myself pretending that everybody out there in cyberspace cared about what I thought, when really nobody gives a shit. And when I multiplied that sad feeling by all the millions of people in their lonely little rooms, furiously writing and posting to their lonely little pages that nobody has time to read because they’re all so busy writing and posting, it kind of broke my heart.”
A postscript to that final sentence is on the bottom of page 26. It is from ‘Book of Laughter and Forgetting, 1980 by Milan Kundera. “Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding.”
Nightmare is figurative since I was wide awake when I read these passages. But nightmare is a figurative term for something worrisome or scary. Is this blog, or for that matter, most blogs, any more than a diary that only few people might be interested in, and then only if prompted by me?
The photo for this posting explains my philosophy about the value of blogging. If we share ideas; if I visit your blog; if you write a comment on my blog; if I write a comment on yours; if our ideas help us understand the world and each other better…..It doesn’t have to become a nightmare. Perhaps it will become too time consuming. A truly interactive blog is likely very time consuming; not easy for a full time parent or worker. I’ll be working nearly full time again from September to January. No doubt, the blog will suffer. But I would like to carry it on. After January I hope to spend a lot of time on it.