Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Almost decided to shut blog down...

I was driving home today and I was having second thoughts of having a blog. I was thinking of shutting it down. My original thought was to give people a peeper's view of thoughts that go on in my head. My goal was perhaps to influence others, perhaps to provide entertainment... but most of all I wanted people to read what I wrote (or would in the future write) and say "wow, I went through that same thing!" and by reading the blog they would hopefully have received something of value that they can use in their own life with their own situation.

I've quelled my thoughts of stopping the blog after reading the responses from a close friend of mine whose values and opinions I have always respected. The feedback wasn't what I expected -- I didn't influence the reader, but rather, I was influenced by the his thoughts on the topics I wrote about. This was an unexpected effect.

So then the question becomes... If I continue writing, am I writing the blog for others' benefit like I originally planned, or am I writing the blog for my own benefit? We know the answer now is yes to both answers. Thanking you for helping me change my mind to continue the blog.

1 comment:

kermitt10 said...

"I didn't influence the reader, but rather, I was influenced by the his thoughts on the topics I wrote about. This was an unexpected effect."

Please don't get me wrong, you've definitely influenced me.

Sometimes, maybe due to human nature, we're more likely to respond when something doesn't seem quite right than when we agree with everything that's been said. (even if what we agree with is a new or novel idea, we might not respond)

So is the case here. I always find it interesting to think about and share ideas - sometimes i feel it's the only thing "kosher" to talk about (when you talk about people you can come precipitously close to lashon hara; when you talk about the weather or sports statistics or the like - often it's just a waste of time better spent on more valuable endeavors; but when we talk about ideas we really get to share new insights and on occasion get to understand ourselves by using the other person's ideas as mirror into our own soul.

By the way, other "kosher" topics probably include things like experiences from which we've learned something. Or experiences which we really enjoyed and just want to share in the hope that someone else might enjoy them as well.

Finally "a close friend of mine whose values and opinions I have always respected." - Right back at'ya.