It’s carnival time, which means you get to throw three balls at this post and try to knock it over. (Ouch! Hey, watch the aim, mister!)
Oh, you sillies. It’s not that kind of carnival. This is a Carnival of Beauty. (Just typing that phrase makes me laugh. “Yeth, my friendth, behold my amathing lovelineth thpreading acroth thyber-thpayth.”) But it’s not about my beauty, stunning though that may be. Ma belle amie, Mary of France, is hosting a blog-a-rama on the subject of “The Beauty of Blogging.” What motivates us to pour our precious time and limited creative impulses into little posting boxes and then launch them out into the cybervoid? What are the benefits and beauties of blogging?
For me, the biggest benefit is the friendth, er, friends. If I could make a living off surfing blogs and conversing in the comments, I’d be on that action like Paris Hilton on a photo op. How else can you meet fascinating people all over the world, get a glimpse into their lives, and glean from their wisdom, all without spending a nickel?
I also love blogging as a way to remember little events I’d most likely forget otherwise. Those who read my livejournal know it’s mostly slice-of-life anecdotes. Writing these things seals them in my memory (and on my harddrive).
And finally, I love the feedback. Writing can be a lonely existence, but blogging lets a writer connect instantaneously with readers. It may not be as personal as face-to-face interaction, but it’s much more intimate than the relationship between an author and a distant reader she’ll never hear from.
At its best, blogging builds communities. Sure, something’s wrong if the bloggerhood takes the place of physical community. But there’s a real joy in connecting with people you’d never get a chance to meet if the world hadn’t shrunk to the size of a blog-post box on a computer sceen.
Okay, if you’ll all scooch a little to the right, we can move a few more chairs in here. Cozy. Thanks for coming. Now let’th party!