May 20, 2009

to blog or not to blog

I've been thinking lately about the nature and purpose of blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. For me, I use my online spots as a kind of virtual sticky notes and generally hope to keep friends and family abreast of what is going on in my life and what I am thinking about.

My life kind of goes in seasons where I'm around a computer often and can post stuff and seasons I am not near a computer to post regularly (no, I don't have a phone capable of doing this???except take crappy photos). When I can, it's enjoyable. It doesn't distract me from much. It does effect my journaling some what, which I feel is very important for my soul. I've started storing up my ideas and extended thoughts on things for articles I've committed to and other writing commitments as opposed to dumping them bit by bit here???I've slacked off on sharing my pontifications recently.

Since, in great part, I do this to keep up with others???but don't do all that well???I'm wondering what you think about all of these online communication tools. Specifically, whether or not I should use some of them on a regular basis (yes, Brooke Gonzales, I know you don't get Twitter). For some reason, lately I've thought about pulling the plug on the blog and other things. I often fail to see the purpose. I grow more and more committed to trying to make thoughts and ideas materialize in a local context and community. Because of that, I really am interested in what you think. I don't assume that my blog has a huge readership. I know that it is mostly checked in on occasionally by Hawthornistas and other friends. So, I would like to know what you think. Seriously. Leave a comment if you have time. Thanks.

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