|"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." - Anais Nin|
For me, someone who enjoys reading, writing, and reflecting upon life in general, blogging has always offered the perfect outlet for my mental and spiritual being in a most stimulating manner. Whether in the form of posting on Minus The Bars or guest blogging or clicking onto the blogs of others, I've either increased knowledge of a growing sentiment or added influence to an already-present inspiration. This, for the most part, defined my blogging experience over the years.
To the day I've had many in daily surroundings ask why do I blog or continue to blog? A question that had been followed by some repeated attempts on my behalf to, at first, explain blogging and, secondly, reflect its appeal. Of course this is never an easy task. Since the overall perception of blogging hardly coincides with that of a "blogger," I could talk until I am blue in the face or presented a full-blown thesis, and still none of it matters.
A non-blogger will never understand.
So now such probings are answered via a simple reply, "It's a bloggy blog world."
A statement that is usually met with blank stares, as if the person inquiring doesn't know whether you've touched upon something profound or reiterated complete nonsense. The desire for one individual to be smarter than the next in today's culture runs rampant - no matter how insignificant the matter, and none wants to concede to owning such lack of knowledge. As a result, said conversation ends with so-and-so hoping and even pretending both shared the same interpretation.
Truth is - everyone blogs in some shape, form or fashion in life.
Blogging is defined as a discussion. And no different than conversation shared with friends, relatives, co-workers, or a total stranger at the deli who happened to order the exact same specialty sandwich as yours. Although there certainly figures to be others in the world that enjoy eating roast turkey topped with pepper jack cheese, avocado slices, lettuce, tomato, black olives and Dijon mustard in between two slices of sourdough bread, it's always interesting to finally meet and converse with them.