A blog, a blog, why a blog?


[Venus with a Mirror by Titian]

I just looked at this blog with my picture on it and thought, What in the world am I doing? Am I still running for junior high student council? (Alas, that was a sad story. My friend A helped me for about eight hours paint a very sophisticated campaign banner on brown paper, consisting of Doonesbury characters speaking favorably about my candidacy. We put it up on the cafeteria wall and then then someone tore it down. Who knows why? I think I ran because K was running and told me I should. I ran again in high school and won. And why did I do that? I had no big desire to change X or Y about the school.)

Last year my acquaintance S said, as I suppose many commentators have, that nowadays everyone is a hero to his own group of friends. We're all famous and important or want to be. Every single thing we do is important, especially the unimportant things, which we record on Facebook and Twitter. Why? Because we don't want to be insignificant. And we can't stand the idea that we're going to die. And be gone gone gone. And because it's so easy to write, I'm cleaning off my desk. I'm waiting in line. I'm inhaling. Exhaling.

On that note, I'm offering more of myself. Today I did a phone interview with KMSU in Mankato, Minnesota. To hear it, click here.

7 comments:

AnnaR said...

It's also a good way to yell when the need strikes....

Cancer Bitch said...

Yes, but why must we yell in public in an empty theater?

Anonymous said...

Great interview, Sandi. You sound so mellow, not like the bitch you claim to be in the title. Susan C.

Susan Messer said...

The reason I started blogging was based on the advice that it is/was a way to attract visitors to one's website. One wants visitors to one's website so one can sell one's book. And part of this idea is that you want to show "them" (potential customers, I guess) that you're an interesting person, not just someone who's trying to sell your book all the time. They get interested in you, the idea goes, they might get interested in your book.

I'm not sure any of this has actually happened (people reading the blog, then going to the website and buying the book), but in the process, there is something I have come to like about blogging. Working out little ideas. Keeping something going.

I'm always wondering (and feeling a little jealous) about those blogs that "go viral" though, with hundreds of comments. How do those clusters occur?

Cancer Bitch said...

The secret, Susan, is to blog about celebrities. That woman who blogged about her correspondence w/ John Hughes got TONS of publicity when he died. So you need to become the pen pal of a celebrity who's going to die before you do. Or blog about popular reality shows.
Good luck.
C. Bitch

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