Maybe it’s just me, but I like being able to catch up with people and find out what they’ve been doing lately by reading about it instead of actually having to interact with them. Now I know that that sounds incredibly anti-social, but I really only meant it to be partially anti-social…

Think about it: you call a friend up who you haven’t spoken to for a long time and chat with them for maybe an hour or two on the phone, but chances are unless you happen to be rekindling some old friendship or something, you probably won’t chat with them again for a good length of time, when you’ll proceed to talk for a couple hours again and repeat the cycle. The thing is, in doing so even in a couple of hours at a shot, you’re still probably only getting the highlights – what they’re doing for work now, how the family’s doing, possibly anything interesting that happened that week. You may not have time to get into what they thought about The Dark Knight or just how unqualified they think Sarah Palin is to be anything more than Cheer Mom for the Wasilla hockey team, even though you’re probably curious regarding both.

But if they kept a blog up to date, you’re free to browse through those thoughts at your leisure, whether you keep up on it regularly or even binge and go through several months of entries one lazy night when you find yourself wondering how Danny’s doing. Even better, if you are keeping fairly up to date on the thing, you have the option to comment along the way, so you can get your own replies to those thoughts in without having to try to find time to make the call, hoping that they’ve got time to answer it! I know it might sound a little crude to someone who doesn’t blog, but when I’ve got such a limited amount of time during the day that I literally can go weeks without having time to call somebody for a general conversation unless I can squeeze it into a car ride somewhere, it’s kind of nice to still be able to follow other people’s lives by reading what they have to say online, even if it’s 3:00am and they haven’t been awake for hours.

Of course, for this little scenario to work in Scott’s perfect world, everyone would also have to actually enjoy writing enough to have the desire to put their thoughts down every couple of days … which I understand is the reason why this plan would never work! Between those of us who have legitimate blogs who still can’t find the time or desire to write in them and all of the MySpace “blogs” that have exactly four posts in them before the author got tired or too drunk to be able to login to MySpace anymore, I do understand that actively blogging on a personal level is something that not everyone cares to do. To each his own, I suppose, however I will confess that I still have a good time every now and then jumping back into even my own archives here to see what I was thinking two years ago or even five years ago at this point, and ultimately I think it’s kinda cool to have that sort of resource available to you. I never really got into keeping a diary or journal growing up, but I enjoy blogging – even if occasionally in spurts and more often than not just rambling that no one else will ever care about!

Talk about a cool concept – if my oldest post is from May 2003, right now I’ve got more than five years worth of memories stored in this blog. What about five years from now, when I’ve got a little baby running around terrorizing the house, or even ten or twenty years from now, when said baby is now running around terrorizing in an entirely different manner?! Why sit down and write my memoirs fifty or sixty years after the fact when I can just pen them along as I go?

6 Responses to I think everyone should be required to keep a blog.

  1. javawombat says:

    Then there’s also the awkwardness of, “oh hey, how’s your brother Phil?”, “oh…yeah…well…he passed away.” … There’s just no coming back from that without a half hour of profuse apologies, imo. But if someone has mentioned it in a blog (maybe that’s too personal for a blog, I don’t know…) then you can broach the subject with care and tact, right?

  2. rickiep00h says:

    In a coincidental twist of fate, I just updated my “serious” blog! Weird!

    http://rarely-important.blogspot.com

    Not that you’ll get any personal details from that. I’m sporadic at best with my LJ anymore. I’m entirely too busy and mundane to really post that often anymore, and without any super-emo bitching, I didn’t really have much to say when I WAS posting regularly. I keep trying to get my Twitter stream to run on my LJ, but it doesn’t seem to work. Maybe I’ll try that again today…

  3. scott says:

    I’m not a huge fan of twitter posts on blogs because I’ve yet to see one that I like the layout for – I think personally I’d rather use one of those boxes to embed it into a sidebar, but then again, I really don’t use Twitter for much more than bitching about being stuck in traffic, so the point is kind of mute!

    Nonetheless, I’ve seen other folks on LJ use LoudTwitter fairly flawlessly – have you tried that yet?

    http://www.loudtwitter.com/

  4. scott says:

    I don’t think that’s too personal at all – I know I’ve posted a couple of emotional times where the basic idea was, “Here’s the awkwardness that’s going on in my life so you can know and not ask me in person…” and I just turned the comments off for those particular posts as a “hint” that I really didn’t want to talk about it! I’d much prefer to discuss something to my comfort level by writing than by awkward conversation any day.

  5. rickiep00h says:

    I keep trying it it keeps NOT POSTING. I don’t know what the hell is wrong with it when I do the form and everything. I makes me want to kick a puppy, because it’s so simple a monkey could use it, but apparently I can’t.

  6. scott says:

    Here’s a stupid suggestion: have you tried doing the setup in a different browser than you normally use?

    I had a similar problem trying to get the Flickr Upload to Blog feature working with WordPress – I would enter all of the settings exactly as they needed to be, but it would never connect properly. Just before e-mailing them for support, I tried filling out the form in IE instead of Firefox and suddenly I saw “Connection tested successfully!” Gotta love cross-platform incompatibility…

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