When I began this weblog I resolved not to talk at all about blogging - it is a narcisistic enough pastime without getting all philisophical about it.
However, over the past week a few people have mentioned weblogs to me and raised a number of issues, making me think about why I write a blog.
The first was a friend who described my weblog as "very honest" - She obviously thought that that was a good thing but you could tell that the subtext was "very brave" and I think that she was suggesting that people may feel bruised because I didn't like their trade fair or contemptous that my life is such a muddle.
I don't think that it would be worth doing if I told lies, or covered up the days that don't go well. I already find that the process of editing days to find something to mention makes it look like I am more busy and productive than I feel. If I did a false chirpy thing and didn't mention the missing ducks, the feeling pissed off at Dunreath Christmas Fair or the mouldy hyacinths I would feel like I was trying to pass myself off as a cross between Doris Day and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Isn't that an attractive image?).
The next comment that I got was from somone who had spent an evening doing a trail from linked blog to linked blog and who clearly felt (and in many cases I do agree with her) that there are a lot of people with weblogs who really should get out more.
She felt that I shouldn't post every day or it will look like I don't have enough to do. However, Ihave two speeds - either do it regularly, immediately, return of post type of thing OR don't do it at all / piss everyone off by doing it on the run at the last minute.
The saddest comment that I got about blogs though, was from a good friend whose wonderful, beautiful, teenage daughter has been being repeatedly slandered in a fellow highschool pupil's weblog.
It made all the fun I get from doing a bit of typing in the evening, and the high I get from comments, seem really lame in comparison to the hurt that can be done from what is - in the slandermonger's case - a true coward's medium.