Friday, November 28, 2008

Dear Anonymous ~


~ you left a comment for me on my last post, suggesting it was time for a new one.




Thank you for that. It's nice to think someone wants to read anything I have to say.


I've been doing some thinking about this blogging business, Anonymous, and I realize that my motivation for posting has changed since I first began in July 2007. At that time I'd was advised to keep a blog, mainly for self-promotion purposes. It seemed like a good plan as my website is always years out of date so I decided to give it a whirl. I kept it light at first, thinking that it would be read by teen readers who would find it. Not so. It seems that those of us who blog read each other's posts, and occasionally I receive comments from complete strangers, but most of us don't have large readerships. I then began to use this blog as more of a journal, writing only when I had something on my mind. It's been good practise, and cathartic for me to write short pieces that try to make some sense of a subject. I sort things out best when I write about them, and I've really enjoyed it, but lately I've wondered about the point in all this navel-gazing...


Each of the blogs I follow has a different purpose. Some are to keep family members updated about growing children. Others are used by travellers to share their journey as they go. Some have a publishing focus, others are like mine, random thoughts about life and some are mostly self-promotion. I enjoy them all, and especially like the ones with lots of photos. (A picture tells a thousand words.)


I realize that my blog, Anonymous, is mostly navel-gazing. Admittedly, one of the blogs I follow and love is by Jann Arden, who is such a funny lady onstage, but her blog posts are really stream of consciousness navel-gazing too. Yet she is so poetic, so profound at times. She sucks me right into her prose.


I like my posts to have a point, to share something that I've learned on my journey. Problem is, Anonymous, life has been slow this past month. No new insights, or none that I'm ready to articulate yet. Oh, I know they're coming, life always throws new challenges our way, but the latest battles haven't moved into the arena of 'wisdom' yet. They will, and no doubt I'll be moved to write about them, but as far as the point of this post, Anonymous,well, I don't think there is one.


So Anonymous, thank you for checking in occasionally. The time will come when I feel I have something to say and I'll enjoy articulating it here. I hope I don't keep you waiting too long, and that you don't find my musings too self-absorbed. I'll try to keep my eye on that fine line....


Until then, warm hugs, whoever you are ~


(The above photo comes from logotreedesigns.blogspot.com/)


14 comments:

Giggles said...

Love the sense of humor in this post Shelley. A slight deviation from the others, amusing all the same! I love Jann Arden's great sense of humor and quirky thought pattern too!



You could use a stat counter, I think you may be surprised how many drop by. It seems a small percentage of readers comment. But many stop by.

Anonymous probably doesn't have a blog, but loves to read them!I also prefer a visual component to a blog!

I enjoy everything you write...your blog is a bonus for me!

Hugs Giggles

Deborah Hodge said...

Hi Shelley,

I love this post. It's a wonderful piece of writing! Hope to see you soon. Debbie (not Anonymous)

Leslie said...

Beautifully said, Ms. Hrdlitschka. How wonderful to open your blog and see more wisdom.

I now need to let my daughter Jen know that there is something new here - for she, like me, follows this blog closely because of the positive impact you have on both of us.

Thank you for that!

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