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Ceci n'est pas une blog
by Glenn Franxman, Django Developer / Stunt Programmer.

Why do I blog?

posted: 2007-08-05 12:28:31 perma-link, RSS comments feed

It's a good question that has been put to me at couple of time recently. I've got a few answers.

First, for me, the reason I got into blogging was as a technology experiment. I wanted to play with blog-related technology so that I could understand it better. It's clear that I am not a writer. I do not enjoy writing. I find it one of the most difficult activities one can undertake. So much of human language is so vague. I prefer computer languages. ( As an aside, I'm one of those people annoyed by the addition of ginourmous to the dictionary. The point of ginormous was that you were describing something so large that the existing words for large were insufficient. Now we have to use something else. Hugantic? Collosatitan? Googantic? )

Reason number two was as a social experiment. My social skills are limited. Some people are energized by interacting with people. I find it draining. One on one, ok. Dealing with 2-5, fine. But the more people the less fine it gets. I thought that by blogging about various interests I might meet other like minded folk. Aside from a few very limited examples, that failed. Lesson one - blogging is not really a social activity. It's related to social activity, but even with comments, it is really more of a unidirectional form of communication. I'm not the kind person who writes letters to family and freinds, but this does offer a glimpse of what I'm thinking to those that want to know without my having spammed everyone.

Reason three - catharsis. This wasn't a driver originally, but I've found that it feels good to throw ideas out into the ether. Maybe someone will find it. Maybe not. But it's out there. A minor contribution.

People have suggested that it's to get a job, or part of some ego trip. Not really. I don't think anyone would hire me based on the content of my blog. As for the ego component, I imagine there is some truth to that, in an arm-chair-quarterback/back-seat-driver sort of fashion.



Juvelino commented, on August 22, 2012 at 11:48 p.m.:

Edinburgh is one of my favourite cietis, which I have been to many times and I never get tired of visiting it. You are right leave the car at the hotel and take the bus into the city centre. I have been searching for Neisse for many years and I even took a boat trip out onto the Loch in the Winter of 2007 and the only thing I achieved from it was frostbite.


Alessio commented, on September 23, 2012 at 12:04 a.m.:

Omigod that explains it when I moved to PDX in 1999 I was tERRIFIED of all Ozone emyoplees no farts for me but it was just a feeling I got I would not make eye contact with anyone even still, I had a customer-crush on like everyone who worked there, including Mike Grenz, who I think wears only black hoodies and adidas shelltoes? Anyway, when I met everyone by like, '01, you were all so nice and I thought I must have just been tripping but now I know you all really needed an attitude adjustment. hahah. You rivaled Other Music and Kim's Mondo Video in NYC, I swear. Be proud.


Anna commented, on June 27, 2013 at 9:41 a.m.:

Yay! This will be quite difficult for me to julgge, if it's on xmas day, but Woo-hoo! I want to be there, and it's in LA, just 2 hours away from where I live, and I can meet all the people I've been chatting with! This'll be quite fun!

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