With my insane but exciting travel schedule of late I've had a hard time not only keeping the Digital Tavern (aka my blog) up to date, I've been amiss in reading my favorite blogs. But some downtime today and I gotta thank Doc for pointing me to this New York Times article (read it now before it fades into the archives of oblivion and they'll tease you with a capsule hoping you'll pony up pennies to read it) about blogging.
A few observations are in order. Katie Hafner mentions that:
[…] Blogging is a pastime for many, even a livelihood for a few. For some, it becomes an obsession. Such bloggers often feel compelled to write several times daily and feel anxious if they don't keep up. As they spend more time hunkered over their computers, they neglect family, friends and jobs. They blog at home, at work and on the road […]
And while I'm quite obsessive about blogging that instead of mere observations about things that i find interesting I've referred to in my own blogging lexicon, “god, that's bloggable.” Or even worse, damn hold on. I need to jot down some notes, this is totally blogworthy.” So you see bloggable and blogworthy are part of my daily diatribe – for those who care to listen.
But worse, I've been very lax due to travel, time zones and extracurricular activities that I haven't been as consistent as I've been in the past. in fact, I'm feeling so damn guilty that just a couple weeks ago I let the second anniversary of my blog pass without even a nod, note or damn noodle on these very pages.
Encourage me, will you? I know you care! I do. Sometimes at night I just start to fade into my oblivious state and with good intent but somehow the sleep takes over and another day without blogging passes. What do you want to hear about? Talk to me.
But read the article. And kudos and thanks to Jeff Jarvis for his brilliant remark:
[…] “The addictive part is not so much extreme narcissism,” Mr. Jarvis said. “It's that you're involved in a conversation. You have a connection to people through the blog.” […]
So you see this is exactly why I dip into this one-to-many personal discussions with you. We are really having a conversation.
Ok. So there's much more about China that I'll truly blog about. But do drop a note or a comment here. I'd love to open the conversation up further. Let's take it up a bit. Ok?
Thanks for reading.