Sunday Musings: The Diary Game, Personal Journals and Ulogs...
Why do we keep journals? Why do we commit our thoughts and actions to record books?
Aside from the obvious (in the context of the world of Steem) "In hopes of earning a reward," why do we do this? And how do we do this? What is ultimately our purpose?"
I am blogging here — keeping a "diary" of sorts — although I am not formally part of the current initiatives. Even though I do sometimes touch on the daily events and activities of my life, I'm about forty years past recording that I went to the market, and I ate lunch, and I fed the dog, and talked to Bob on the phone.
My thoughts these days revolve around philosophizing and writing commentary about the greater Human Condition and what motivates us all.
There's a synergy of sorts in this: I learn about myself through learning about others, and I learn about others as a result of exploring my own inner thoughtscapes.
I mostly write longer posts, although sometimes I write shorter posts.
I suppose "short" and "long" are relative terms... it only takes me a few minutes of exploring a topic, and I find myself looking at a 500-word post. But that's just my experience!
What I enjoy about the whole ball of wax is that this all amounts to an exploration of what it means to be alive and human.
We are — to loosely (mis)quote @surpassinggoogle — attempting to create the Internet of PEOPLE here.
I find that I am here because I am ultimately more interested in — and engaged by — reading about someone's life, story and feelings in a faraway country than I am drawn in by some technical analysis of what a stock or cryptocurrency might do, next week. Or how to assemble a computer from pirated parts.
In short, I am just more oriented towards people than I am towards things or information.
Not that I don't use information or things... but they are just more functional than they are interesting. I might use them, but I don't relate to them.
As of late, I haven't been as regular with my writing as I normally am. It's not really that I am experiencing a "creative drought" or anything like that, but I have been considering what angle to take with this blog.
I find myself pausing a but because the engagement level here in Steemlandia has dropped off to almost nothing. And without engagement (aka "comments") it's very difficult to build a community.
When I think back to some of my earliest days of blogging — we're talking late 1990's here — part of the "problem" was always that I'd write and write and write and WRITE and it seemed like the words would just float away on the breeze like leaves, never to be seen again by anyone.
Maybe it's just the ego of the creative person that you hope someone will see and read what you create... and interact with it.
So I ponder what keeps me going? I suppose it's the hope that — in time — things will get better. After all, it has not been that long since February 14th...
Anyway, thanks for reading, and I hope you've all had a great weekend!
How about YOU? Why do YOU share your story? For the readership/following? Or just for the rewards? Does ENGAGEMENT matter to you? Comments, feedback and other interaction is invited and welcomed! Because — after all — SOCIAL content is about interacting, right? Leave a comment-- share your experiences-- be part of the conversation!
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Created at 20200809 14:35 PDT