Monday, December 31, 2007

Monday Meh

I'm figuring that wondering around the blogosphere today will have me reading a lot about what happened in 2007 and what's to come in 2008. Meh.

I enjoy blogging. I enjoy the writing. I enjoy the reading of others' blogs. I enjoy commenting on others' blogs. I like the interaction. If I were a thinking person, someone who looks inside herself, I'd probably come to the conclusion that I've substituted the highs I used to get from working with similar feelings on a virtual level.

But I'm not particularly adept at introspection. I shy away from it. I imagine there's some reason for that as well.

Here's the deal. I've got these characters bumping around in my head. I want to get them out of my head and onto paper. Couple those characters inside with the real-world characters I live with, and there's little room for anything else. There's probably enough room to continue to devote my 15, 20 minutes a day to blog posting, but that's about it. And it's not a blog if it's not interactive, or at least I don't think it is. If it's not interactive, it's just a diary.

No one wants to read a diary. [Well, unless you're a brother seeking his sister's diary for ammunition. Or a parent trying to find out if little Susie is having sex.] I'm leaning towards making the blog private. Or maybe I'll just turn off the comments. I've got today to decide.

That's it for Monday. That's it for me. Meh.

21 comments:

Kelly O said...

I hear you, man. Good luck with your decision!

sandyshoes said...

I know a few "at-home" parents who blog to interact with other adults and keep in practice writing, but who really want to be writing something bigger, and eventually have to cut back on blogging to be more disciplined about the novel, or whatever the bigger project is.

In short: I get it. If you go private -- farewell! I've enjoyed it!

Good luck with your characters, whatever you decide.

Florinda said...

In case you do make this private or turn off comments, I wanted to sneak in just one more. I think you're right that the interactivity is one of the things that defines blogging as distinct from writing. I've also noticed in my own case how it can all become a just a bit too much...

Good luck, and know that you'll be missed if you decide to wrap it up around here!

Hedgewizard said...

Get the hell away from that comments button and no-one needs to get hurt... although I do know what you mean!

melissa said...

Snif. I'll miss you if you turn it off, but I understand it, too. It can get really time consuming if you let it.

Happy New Year!

Toni said...

Ah, Patty, so sorry (for me and all of us readers) if you decide to go private but I understand. Do what you must. Thanks for all the commenting and support you've shown to this newbie blogger; I will miss reading you!

Good luck with your decision and Happiest New Year!!!

Jeni said...

Honey - you are a terrific writer -really and truly you are - and if you have these characters in your head, beating against the cranial cavity to be let out to play, you do what you have to do to get them out, on paper, into whatever form or format you want them after that! Would I miss not seeing your stuff - bet your bippy I would. Would I understand why? Sadly, again, yes I would. You do what you have to do, what you feel you can do to achieve whatever it is you want to do in life - as long is it ain't illegal, immoral or fattening - ok heck -that eliminates two things there doesn't it?
Seriously, do what you need to do and you can always come back now and again and visit can't you?

HowToMe said...

Happy New Year!

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Sian said...

Oh dear, you are feeling yukky aren't you? Hope it clears up soon.
Happy New Year Patois :)

D... said...

I would so miss reading your blog, however, I would so love to read a novel that you have written. Is there not a way to have the best of both worlds? No? Ok, I'll understand whatever decision you make.

Gina said...

Listen, this break I have taken from the blogging world has been partly due to sickness and also partly due to the fact that I had been doing too much bloggy stuff for the past month or so.

I am considering discontinuing my personal blog and focusing on a team blog (besides the paid gig) so that I just don't have to post so damn often.

I love writing, I always have and always will. But, there are some things you just have to do to keep your sanity, and if turning this off helps you keep yours, then that is what you have to do.

You'll probably feel badly about it for a week or so, and then feel perfectly fine. That is what I hear from a bunch of bloggers who quit, and are amazed at how much time they suddenly have to do other stuff.

Email me if you want to talk about anything!

And crikey, did any of that even make sense?

Amy said...

do whatever you have to do for yourself, but i'll miss you if you go private. i really do enjoy hearing from you. i hope all is well with you. take care of yourself.

chichimama said...

I'll miss you if you go private!!! But you have to do what is right for you...

Mayberry said...

Good luck -- tough decision! (and Happy new year!)

Bren said...

Tough decision and you've got to do what's best for you. BUT...I will sure miss reading your blog!

Bubba's Sis said...

I will truly, truly miss you if you stop blogging. As others have said, do what you have to do. But that doesn't mean I'm gonna like it! ;-)

Happy New Year, sweetie. May you have a blessed 2008.

dawn224 said...

Ah.. the seduction of life outside of the computer :)

Do what's best for your whole life, the computer is always around :)

Alpha DogMa said...

Oh, I would not have the strength to blog without commenting. That was the part I missed most about NaBloPoMo because I hadn't the time to get into a 'conversation' with other bloggers.
Good luck with the new format -- I hope it satisfies your needs.

Jenn in Holland said...

So. here I am a bit slow on the uptake and I am finally understanding why I couldn't find a post with commenting availability up there. I understand the conundrum, really I do, and haven't yet struck the real balance for it in my life either.
But anyway, I just want to add my voice to the fans above and tell you that it's fun to know you, and I understand if you will be quieter for a time...
But of course you are always welcome to come play when you have those extra 2 minutes or so.
By the way, I do have a little something for you at my place. It's just sitting there anytime you want to see it!
Take care, friend.

Linda said...

Just thought I'd say that just because you don't have comments enabled doesn't mean I still won't be reading and thinking about the comments in my head!

Let me know if you change your mind!

Gn00b said...

A bit late to comment here, I'm glad you didn't privatize your blog.

I like reading your blog, but yes, we don't always get the time so we do it when we can. :D

Just to say that I've never felt more liberated than when I turned off comments. Not sure why. ;D

Good decision, if I may say so myself! :D :D :D

All the best, Patois. I'll still be around to read.

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