On Tuesday last week my little blog became one year old. I was too busy to notice.
Like many of you who also blog, I have wondered at times why I do this and if I want to keep going. For now I do. Sometimes I worry about being too personal, or that my interests are too far afield of other’s. Sometimes I feel a sense of obligation to blog, especially when it’s been a few days since my last post. I don’t know where this obligation comes from.
If you have kept up with PilgrimAkimbo you know that it is primarily a personal blog that has, more or less, a focus on cinema and the arts. This was intentional for two reasons: 1) I didn’t want to write a personal blog that became a kind of diary of my life. Others do those kinds of blogs very well, but I just didn’t want to got there. So, PilgrimAkimbo is personal but with some limited constrictions. 2) I have had a long standing love of cinema and the arts, but in the past few years life has conspired to keep me from them more than I like. This blog is a way for me to reconnect to something I love, however small that reconnection might be for the time being.
One of the greatest joys of writing a blog is the people one meets. This has become the big payoffs of having a blog and visiting other blogs. Blogging is something new; it’s like letter writing, or journaling, it’s like sharing pictures or recipes, it’s a kind of desktop publishing, it also something like a personal barometer. But it is new and is changing the landscape. I find this exciting.
Which brings me to a thought: If you are a blogger like me, then you find comments on your posts like little nuggets of gold. I get an email notification for each new comment, and I tend to drop everything so I can read the comment. I also try to respond to every comment. I am guilty of lurking, that is, frequenting blogs and not commenting. That is a common practice. Often we are too busy to comment, or we just don’t feel like or don’t have anything to say. But I want to comment more, and I want others to comment on my blog more.
The essence of my thought is this: there is something MORE going on here than just “blogging.” There might be a kind of distance between us created by the medium, but there is also a connecting, a communing that is going on. The technology involved is merely a tool, like pen and paper, like a car, like a kitchen, that we can use as we create lasting and meaningful bonds between us. The meeting of minds is one of the great gifts we discover in life. Know this, your comments on PilgrimAkimbo are welcome.
Here’s to another year of PilgrimAkimbo!
10 thoughts on “>PilgrimAkimbo turned ONE”
>Happy Birthday, Tucker’s blog!!You know, the communal (and communing) aspect of blogging is probably my single favorite thing about it. Its potential utopianism is very moving to me…!
>Girish, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I heartily agree. I know that without blogging I would never have met you, and many others.
>I’m no lurker here but should let you know that though I don’t always comment I do always read. I have found the community healing and amazing. I agree that being part of something that does seem to truly be changing the landscape is exciting. A few weeks ago I was able to meet in a real life a blog friend who I only met because of our blogs. It was a singular experience that I will cherish. She called us modern day pen pals and that made sense to me. I have often vacillated over the blog or not to blog question but lately I have seen more positive than negative and will keep it up. I’m so glad you have. I enjoy having the connection no matter how distant to your family and community. I hope you keep it up for a long time.Happy Birthday Pilgrim Akimbo
>everything sufferingsummer said and then some
>hi love…I love what you wrote and echo your sentiments exactly which considering that is coming from me…well…that’s a thing of beauty…happy pilgrim to you!
>Summer, I agree with your sentiments. Thanks for keeping in touch.Dave, I’m gald you agree with Summer.Bella, you know I love you.
>happy birthday!here’s another common occurance with comments – someone else has written how i feel but much more eloquently. nicely worded, sufferingsummer!
>Shahn, thanks for stopping by and wishing PilgrimAkimbo a happy b-day.
>Congratulations. Please keep writing. Especially the poetry.
>Megan, I will always try to keep on. As for the poetry, my goal is to write more, and more frequently. We’ll see if life and inspiration conspire.