Writing has been really frustrating to me lately. Writing ideas (at least for the past few months) have been difficult to come by, and putting a writing idea into words just seemed to hard. But a few weeks ago I wanted to get back into creative writing again, so I just stopped making excuses and just started writing. I needed to fight the feeling to just lay down and not put any effort into writing anymore, which gets worse the longer I stay lying down, which makes the act of writing even harder than before. But pretty soon I realized that sometimes I just need to get up and just write, regardless of the quality; otherwise, I might as well pack my bags and stop blogging altogether.
Which I have no intention of doing. I’ve been blogging for years, and I love this blog. I’ve just been too wrapped up in everything else that’s been going on.
The problem with blogging is that usually it’s a one person project, and if this one person is not capable of keeping up with a certain number and frequency in terms of a posting schedule, then the blog just dies a pretty natural death. Not death in the sense of the person stops writing, that’s really up to the writer themselves, but more so in terms of the lack of readers that would still be interested in your work after a long absence. And for people who say that they don’t care about the traffic or having a set number of readers come back on a regular basis, they just want to put their work on paper. I call BS on that: everyone wants readers. Maybe your goal isn’t to have a lot of readers, maybe you just want your friends, maybe just one or two strangers, but you still want people to read what you have to say. Otherwise, posting your writing online would be pointless. Why not write your work in a notebook? Having a blog or an online site is putting your work on a public space, which means that when you post, you aim to share your work to the public (even if the “public” means a few friends). It’s similar to the philosophical question about trees and forests: if your blog doesn’t have readers, or as some people say “having readers isn’t my goal”, what is the point of having a blog in the first place?
Because a blog is something that requires readers, then maybe some standards are supposed to be set. What is the point of doing something if you’re only going to put in half the effort? You might as well give everything you have. This applies to blogging as it does for anything else.
This brings me to the point of this post: that blogging could be elevated to something of an art form, in the same way that poetry, or fiction, or novels are considered art work. Many people view having a blog as a hobby, which in itself isn’t really a bad thing, but I think many bloggers tend to limit their views by thinking that having a blog is just a platform to create something else, something “greater”, rather than having the blog as the end result. I understand that attitude, and one of the main reasons why I blog is to practice writing so that I eventually get better. But that doesn’t mean that blogging instantly becomes something “less than” a book, or a poem. Some of the best blogs that I have come across have connected to me on a personal level, whether it be emotionally or psychologically, and honestly, who is to say that this connection is less valid only because the connect was made in a blog? When the goal of your work is to connect with people you’ve never met on a human level, where does the art begin and the hobby stop?
It’s interesting to see how similar the end goal of bloggers and artists are. Those aims are, in essence, based on the love for what they do.
So this is what I’m trying to say. My suggestion is that bloggers stop feeling that blogging is anything less than any of the accepted art forms that are established. At the end of the day, we are all artists. We create content for others just like any other art form. In my opinion, blogging can be the future of what art can look like.