There’s work and there’s blogging and sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the two. Often the main question people ask me is: “How do you find time to blog?” It is difficult to explain that you don’t. A (regular) blogger’s life is one of improvisation. Which is also why I insist that the nature of the blog is and will remain personal so long as it is a one man business with one man content and one man direction.
There is a lot to be read in this. First of all there is no common ground for bloggers other than the fact that they all blog. In this light Sandro’s pooling of efforts with Maltamedia (and Toni’s hidden hand) deserves commendation. Another place where to dig in and find the continuous product of the Maltese blogosphere. I have not added the link (I have now -see Sandro’s comment). I will add it as soon as Sandro sends in the comment to berate me for not adding it. That is the luxury of having assiduous readers like Sandro who will do the research for you and provide the missing gaps.
And you add them if you want to. Because blogging is and remains a personal thing. I will add the link to the Gazzetta tal-Bloggers because I think it is useful in an important way. It is useful in the same way as a Yellow Pages is useful. It is a shortcut to finding particular information. My idea behind Blogs of Malta was just the same. The more the merrier.
But I also go through great pains to stress that this is where the commonality should begin and end. We come from different walks of life, different ways of thinking and we contribute to the pool of ideas with our thoughts by using our expression. That’s all – and excuse me if I say that it is already much more than enough. Do not expect a movement of bloggers. Do not expect some great bloggers party with common ideals and goals. I do not expect that to happen and maybe deep down I do not want that to happen. Because swiping all blogs under one goal or ideal means removing their individuality, their expression and basically imposing some hidden parameter where before there was none.
This is not a complaint. Nor is it an invitation to argue. It is a clarification. We are what we blog. Keep it going and keep it rolling… if you want to. Right now I am wary of the grip blogging can take on your life. I have met people who have quit blogging to win back their life. I do not want that. I want to manage it. I think that by not getting too carried away we can all do so.
Read this article as you would read any other post. It is not a law. It is not a rule. It is a personal reflection. Blogs are what you make of them. Remember that. You’ve certainly not read it first on J’accuse but we’ve taken great care to remind you.
J’accuse… thinking so you don’t have to*
* a plagiarised slogan from ZeFrank’s defunct blog.