Thursday, February 9, 2012
When I first began writing this blog, I had four readers, most of whom were related to me. I never anticipated that people I didn't know in real life would ever read it; nor did I desire such an outcome. But these things do end up happening, for good or ill.
The truth is that this is little bit of an anti-blog, at least in the sense in which we've come to read and understand blogs. I started it as a kind of online diary, and I'm not interested in getting a book contract out of it, or making money from it. I'm also not interested in acquiring or spreading any sort of influence through it. In fact, I'm not even interested in acquiring new readers; I'm very happy with the readers I have (or at least the ones whom I'm aware I have).
In the past few weeks, two excellent fellow-bloggers have been kind enough to nominate me for a couple of blogging-award type things. The "rules" of these awards, such as they are, would require me to post the award button on my blog, then award the same award to a set number of other bloggers under certain conditions. I hate to be a killjoy, but I probably won't get around to doing those things. I'm really busy right now, and the truth is that I read very few blogs these days, certainly not enough to meet the requirements for the awarding process. I gave up regular blog-reading last Lent, and I've pretty much stuck with that. Perhaps I'm missing a lot, but I have some pressing demands in the real world, and I know how easy it is for me to get lost in the virtual one.
So thank you to the esteemed colleagues who were kind enough to mention my blog in a favorable light. As for the award thing, if you want to know which blogs I love and highly recommend, just check out the sidebar. They are all excellent.