Location, Location, Location: Blogging in Place February 23, 2006Posted by Yvonne in beginner blogger.
I’m having a problem. I want to blog. I can think of a million things to write about. I have ideas. I have brilliant notions. I want to share and connect and see what others are writing.
And I’m not at the computer.
I’m on my way to the shower because my schedule says I’m due somewhere in a few hours. I’ve got emails to respond to. I’m on the BART train. I’m walking in downtown SF. I’m doing the laundry or headed to Starbucks. I’m parking. I’ve got my hands full, and the handbag slung over my shoulder is stuffed with stuff to deal with on the way to and from wherever my Almighty Agenda tells me I will be today.
Now I wish I had a Blackberry – but that would take two hands. I suppose I could voice mail it somewhere. Or maybe I need a voice activated techno-something or other.
In the midst of reading Naked Conversations, (yes, nude this morning in bed), I got to Chapter 8: Blogs and National Cultures. The authors talk about how different countries are showing markedly different blog rates likely mitigated by cultural biases and varying degrees of openness to openness. The French are ahead of the Germans, the Japanese ahead of the Chinese, the US is ahead of lots of folks …
But maybe it’s because we’re not doing anything else.
Or maybe we have mastered delegation, like Leclerc who dictates his daily posts to his secretary. Or maybe we’re more disciplined and, having had a balanced breakfast, chewed every bite 50 times, and flossed all our teeth, we sit dutifully to blog for 30 minutes a day.
My real problem is that the blogbug gets me anytime, anywhere. It especially gets me:
- when I’m in conversation with someone about something new or intriguing, or
- when I’m walking about, wandering and wondering.
And I’ve got to say, those two things take up most of my day, despite all the other checkbox items that are regularly scheduled and do mostly happen.
Yup, my blogbug bites frequently.
For instance, yesterday it was the conversation with my mechanic, then the elevator incident, then the “oops, was really productive but now too late for the parking lot guys – no key for the car now – are you going to leave it in downtown SF all night?” walk-BART-taxi-BART-walk-whew-drive home way later than planned mini-trauma drama that only officially ended today when I returned to the scene to retrieve the properly protected key … all great stuff for a blog.
I’m finding there’s so much to reflect on, inquire about …
Maybe bloggers blog because they are awake. And listening.
There’s obviously something going on in their heads. There’s obviously something wanting to be said, brought forth into conversation – global, open, accessible conversation. And those folks who are blogging are simply giving themselves over to that. For me, it’s a discovery, an exploration, an unending inquiry. I never know what’s coming. I’m just typing the thing that’s here, and after that’s out, there’s some next thing coming behind it. That’s all. Like my friend Bob Muson, the fine artist, says: “All you have to do to be a painter is move the paint from the palette to the canvas.”
Bottom Line: So I now have a blog-o-problem about managing when and where and also about keeping track of all the possible whats … so, to start, I’m going to take on the 30 minutes a day strategy and see how that goes.
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