Monday, June 13, 2005

the deal with blogging

Blog envy. I've got a minor case of it. You know...so-and-so has more readers or more comments or more links through other blogs. Or so-and-so hasn't commented on my blog lately...so maybe I'm getting boring or pessimistic.

Brandon reminded me, though, that I started this thing for myself...to work through issues of faith, God, relationships. So even if I'm not the most skilled or popular blogger out there, at least I can continue my free online therapy...and maybe encourage one or two of you in the process.

An acquaintance of mine told me a mutual friend of ours thought people who blog are "narcissistic and self-centered." Maybe. But I can say with almost full confidence that, if you're human, at some point in your life, you wear the label of "narcissistic and self-centered." None of us are immune. Some of us are just willing to admit to it on the worldwide web!

11 Comments:

Blogger blueyedtracy said...

Wow. How perfectly you echo my thoughts about blogging, my blog, my "envy". I still have not set up my links to other bloggers on my page. (that would probably help with readership!) When I do I will certainly include yours!

10:13 AM  
Blogger Little Light said...

You're right that all of us are narcissistic from time to time, but people blog for a variety of reasons. The comment you heard was too general.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Ed in Abilene said...

Jana, I click on your blog every day just to see if you have posted. Even though I don't have a blog, I am a closet blog reader. I have gotten to know more about some of you guys and gals out there through your blog that I never had a chance to know while you were in Abilene. I have laughed with you, cried with you, "Amen'd" with you, and at times thought "where is that chick comin' from?" I love it. When I have a chance to counsel others I often encourage them to journal. It is amazing the things that we are forced to process when we put them in words and write them down. You and you husband and baby boy are precious to me and I feel honored to have a little insight into what is going on in your lives. What myself and others gain from your blog is "serendipitous" (good grief, is that a word?) to your real purpose. Listen to Brandon. You are a "blessed blogger."

11:18 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

When my husband starting blogging over a year ago, I had a real issue with it. I'm a pretty private person - I didn't want too much info about our lives up on the internet. But then I realized that I could use it as a public journal. A journal that I didn't mind others reading, a way to get all of those thoughts that are racing (and sometimes raging) inside of my head out - a venting mechanism. We all have our narcissistic moments - that's human. Writers/bloggers just manage to document those moments. =) But hopefully, that's not all we're documenting.
For the record, I think your blog is great =)

11:30 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

Little Light - You are right. The commentator's statement was a generalization. I think he's probably just jealous...he doesn't have a computer at home. Hee hee. ;)

Ed - You are so sweet! Thanks for your comments. I had to chuckle at the "where is that chick comin' from" statement. I'd love to know what made you think THAT!

All - I promise I'm not fishing for compliments. But thanks anyways.

11:46 AM  
Blogger DigiGirl said...

Oh, I totally do the same thing. One week, I don't care because my blog is strictly for my personal benefit. The next week i'm like, hey why didn't anyone post comments; Am I boring? Do I smell? Then other weeks I have absolutely nothing to say and I feel like i'm neglecting my blog and letting my loyal readers down, which totally contradicts the previous sentence. Who would've thought blogging would elicit such a variety of emotions... As if I needed any more emotions to deal with!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I think it's something that all bloggers go through. I had my blog for a week and was like, "Hey! Where IS everyone!?"

Then, like the past couple of weeks, I feel guilty because I've neglected my blog and all of my blogger-friends' blogs because I've been out of town so much. Oh, well. I've gotta take a day or two and get back in the groove of things.....

5:10 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Jason gets so mad at me because I don't comment on his blog-what is that about? :) You know what--we all just need a little validation in life and that is what comments are for so we don't need to get into a big tizzy about "narcissism." I love the guts you have when posting comments somedays and it inspires me to step out on a limb as well. Well, kind of . . . since I've only made approximately 4 posts in my blogging lifetime, but I really MEAN to step out on a limb after reading your blog. Anyway, love you and think you should keep typing away! ai

9:10 PM  
Blogger MDM said...

your blog is on my favs list so I can check it out on a daily basis. I don't know how to make links on mine, so I keep a few on my favs and the Rowan Report always keeps me coming back for more. I only know you through the computer, but I KNOW we could hang out in the real, non-cyber space world. Keep bloggin' mama.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Tony Arnold said...

You get alot more posts than my blog so feel good. I have never gotten more than 7 posts and that included my responses.

I felt just like Amanda...where is everyone. Hopefully more people read than post. I got over the let down of few posts and write when inspired. Although my goal was to promote discussion...

Your doing fine.

Tony

4:22 PM  
Blogger erinlo said...

I have really enjoyed your blog the last couple of months since I became a blogger. Your blog has actually sparked several interesting conversations between my husband and I (the Tom Cruise/Brooke Shields thing) and between friends and I (the Proverbs 31 post). I appreciate your honesty and transparency and feel that as Christians, it's something we should all do more of.

7:22 AM  

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