Happy Birthday, Accidental Blogger!
Ruchira has asked me to do the honors in this fifth anniversary post and had suggested a heading along the lines of 'Five Years and Fatigued'. Of course we are all fatigued for various reasons- disillusionment with a too-centrist state of affairs, work, sleepless nights with babies, family and other commitments, etc.
But that's not the real excuse for not blogging, I think. It's true that posting and commenting seem to be on the wane, aided perhaps in part by the rise of the Social Network, just as Ruchira suspected.
The blog readership comes (aided considerably by Andrew's Malt Liquor article)and goes. The conversations continue to flow, albeit at a slower clip than before, unlike the numerous one-liners that bump each other on our Facebook walls. Those are too easy, minimal thinking and even less opining needed. There is no sense of accomplishment, as one feels in composing, reading or responding to the well-written, carefully thought-out structured blog post.
Many a time nowadays, an article or proposition catches the eye and captivates the mind. I ponder and start trying to find more information to compose a suitable post, collecting links and references. Then I get drawn away to some more pressing real-life matter, outside of the confines of my office, and when I come back, the moment and the urge to post has passed.
The internet is now abuzz with something else, fickle as it is. The carefully collected pebbles of wisdom are no more than a drab collection that once held a glint of promise.
This has been the fate of many a post for me this year.
I remain a Facebook and Twitter luddite, refusing to switch my allegiance from blogging to those media. So the drop in my blogging isn't related to increased use of other media. It is, however, in part due to other things taking priority- I simply haven't been able to make the time to carefully muse and write the way I used to. Maybe the rounds of fall leaf raking might give me some breathing space to think of new areas to explore and write about.
Co-bloggers, what has your experience been?