Two days ago was the one year anniversary of my blog and it got me thinking about my whole experience as a blogger. I was a lurker on religious blogs since the early days of blogging and a year ago I decided to jump in and start my own and also contribute comments to other blogs. While there are times that I am so busy that I have no time for it, I feel there is no going back now after I’ve had such a good experience in blogging.
The funny thing is that when I started blogging I thought I was going to be like Spock and simply state things plainly without any emotion and always simply stick to the point objectively. Boy was I way wrong! What I realized very quickly was that the whole endeavor of blogging was an entirely human thing for me and that separating my humanity from it was simply not going to happen.
I enjoy a good quip here and there and don’t mind people throwing a few jabs at me every once in a while if it’s all in good fun. But on the internet it’s sometimes hard to tell when something is truly just meant in jest or if the jab is really meant with some bitterness. And I wouldn’t doubt there are some bloggers who simply love the whole game of it, but that’s just not my thing. I’ve always had a “to each his own” kind of mentality so I’m totally cool with the fact that people have their own blogging styles and I’m still trying to find the right balance for my own. My biggest values when it comes to blogging are that I am sincerely polite, completely honest, and get involved in genuine dialogue. Disagreeing never bothers me as long as people are willing to simply agree to disagree and move on. Like I said I don’t mind the banter at all, but it’s not what drives me. What drives me is sharing my viewpoints and hoping that I learn things from others (and while I admit I am quite a bit opinionated and stubborn there are times when I do learn things that modify my perspective in small ways).
One tough thing on the internet is the lack of facial expressions, body language and voice intonations. Without that it is very easy to be misunderstood and so in order to compensate for that there are times that I pour the politeness on a bit too much that it begins to look disingenuous.
[Removed a topic that got way too drawn out and boring]
It’s been a great year and I want to thank everyone that I’ve had the time to interact with! Looking forward to much more.