Thursday, July 19, 2012

Navel maneuvers*

Why do I blog?

Someone once asked Flannery O’Connor why she wrote and she replied, “Because I’m good at it.”

I hope I’m good at blogging, but that’s not why I blog.

After discovering that people have stopped posting at several of my regular reading spots and wondering what might have happened to the bloggers, I finally realized why I continue to post here a couple of times a week.

I blog to prove I’m still alive.

An audience is nice to have, but it isn’t really necessary. I’m just as happy talking into thin air.

Receiving cogent, interesting comments is always a plus, but they aren’t necessary either.

Having official followers is a boost to one’s ego, I suppose, and an enrichment in one’s otherwise drab life, but like I said before, well, you know.

[Editor's note. A former English major, I do know that it should be as I said before, but today I’m throwing caution to the winds. --RWP]

Oh, and one more thing. I’m not proving it to you. I’m proving it to me.

As long as something new appears here occasionally, it means I’m still alive and kicking. Still breathing. Still turning oxygen into carbon dioxide.

It’s all anyone could ask, really.

* Also, especially British, manoeuvres.


Helsie said...

From a blog reader's point of view I'm glad you are still alive and kicking which I know because you post a couple of times a week! However if you suddenly stop I will have to assume that something untoward has befallen you..... so make sure you let us know if you are going to "kick the bucket".
PS. I think, for me, it is the communication with all these great people around the world that keeps me blogging. If I thought there was no-one out there reading my jottings ( and leaving comments )I think I'd give it up.

rhymeswithplague said...

Well, thanks, Helsie! I'm glad you are still alive and kicking too!

Your reason for blogging is also one of my reasons, just not at the top of the list....

Putz said...


Reamus said...

I for one am delighted that you still find the time and the subjects RWP, I for one am having trouble with both these days.

Go for 5000!

rhymeswithplague said...

Putz/David, there are navel oranges, but I don't think there are navel mangoes.

Reamus/Michael, the trick is to keep your eyes and ears open and treat everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, as possible fodder for your blog. This doesn't mean that you blog about everything, but that everything is a possibility. If it interests you, go with it. It's bound to interest someone else as well.

Katherine said...

Yes, as the famous Jay from the Depp Effect once said, I blog, therefore I live.

rhymeswithplague said...

Katherine, I agree as long as we we are careful not to put Descartes before the horse.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

"Receiving cogent, interesting comments is always a plus"... Okay - Flumpa-rumpa-tiddly-hoi! Flumpa-rumpa-tiddly-hoi! Flumpa-rumpa-tiddly-hoi! Now that's cogency for you! Have a nice day!

rhymeswithplague said...

Mr. Pudding, sir: Although your comment is indeed interesting, it fails the cogency test completely. To put it plainly, it is just another British manoeuvre. Neither flumpa nor rumpa appears in any dictionary. Tiddly is defined as chiefly British slang meaning slightly drunk or tipsy. And hoi, as we all know, is half of the term hoi polloi, a Greek phrase meaning "the people" or "the masses" (if you have Socialist leanings). I conclude, therefore, that you have sent me a coded message indicating that half of the people in the chiefly British Isles are slightly drunk or tipsy, especially those who have been to Greece recently.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

I bow to your superior wit sir!

Jeannelle said...

I like your reason for blogging! You could subtitle your blog, "Living Proof". Keep up the good work!