Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Virtues of Laziness

I offer this lame post only as a means to demonstrate that I am, in fact, alive. When I first started with this blog, I was full of ideas of how I would fill page after virtual page with my thoughts. Now the startling realization comes: I apparently have no thoughts.

You know, I didn't have a really clear idea what this blog was for when I started. It seemed like a cool place to put up my art. But Deviant Art (see my links) is a far better place for that. So I started to put up pictures of my miniature figures. But I soon discovered that 1) I take crappy pictures, 2) it's a lot of work to set up figures for photography, and 3) I'm too lazy to actually take the pictures.

So, what is the purpose of this blog? Who is its audience (currently perhaps one or two people on earth.... perhaps a few others from inhabited planets outside our solar system)? I have given some thought to this while standing in line at grocery stores or while pumping gas. I haven't yet come up with a satisfactory answer. I think the content should drive the audience.... but in my case it seems like the audience is driving the content!

I've entitled this post the virtues of being lazy. In fact, I can't really think of any virtues associated with laziness. Guess I just thought it would be a satirical title to this post. At any rate, I'm not really a lazy person. I've got a reputation for being overly ambitious, in fact, when it comes to my interests. Right now, I'm really putting a lot of effort into my Japanese study. Other things (like this blog) have taken a back seat to that interest. So, I guess I'm not being lazy after all. I'm just being selective about what I put my effort into.

I suppose that this blog is really just an online diary. Later, at some time in my future, some co-worker can surreptitiously find out all about me. Then somehow he can take what can be found here and turn it into a nice blackmail scheme. Or maybe my long lost family will discover it, read about me, and decide that I'm best left in the "long lost" category. Who'd want to contact such a dull person anyway?

Well, I'm glad I've had this conversation with myself! I think I'll take another 90 days to think about it and get back with a new mission for my blog. Really, if I'm going to do this, I had better think of a way to get someone to read it. Otherwise, wouldn't it just be more efficient to think this stuff in my head instead?

3 comments:

Drunken Samurai said...

Put what ever you like on your blog. There is no right or wrong wat to do this. Don't worry about who, if anyone, is reading it. If you really care about how many people read, or even know about, what you write then put a web counter on. This will give you an idea of the amount of traffic you are getting. I have found that less than 1% of the visitors to my blogs will leave a comment. I have two blogs. The first was my original blog and it was mostly a place to talk about politics. Them my daughter got sick and I started blogging about that. After her illness was past it was tough to get back to writing about the stuff I have before. I had a new audience that may not be interested in my political musings. I started to put some of my painting on the original blog but it did not feel right to me so I started a second blog just for my hobby. Slowly I am getting both blogs updated.

Hang in there and don't worry too much about what you are doing. just have fun with it.

Jerry said...

Thanks for the comment, DS. And thanks for the encouragement. For a while I wondered what the point was to doing this blog, after I realized how lazy I am.

Any way, I will continue... and I'll just talk about whatever I'm thinking of at the moment or about whatever I'm doing that might be interesting.

I suppose my biggest realization is that I'm a crappy photographer and am too lazy to take pictures of my stuff. That put a crimp in one of the big features of this blog!

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