On Sunday, if it’s been a busy week, a sense of urgency overtakes me as I realize that once again my blog is due and I haven’t written a word. Writing a blog is trickier than you’d imagine, at least if you’re not a narcissist. There are so many doubts. Who cares what’s on my mind? What can I add to the conversation? And whose conversation?
Some blogs might as well be one of those irrelevant, boring “Tweets” (“Just ate a salami sandwich—yum!”) . Who cares? A blog can start with a salami sandwich but in order to be interesting and informative, it should move on from the specific (“I ate a delicious salami sandwich”) to something more universal and interesting (The history of salami? Why we eat so many sandwiches?). Most people’s lives are not particularly compelling to anyone but themselves; what is universal in experience is of interest to many more of us.
In the past month I have discovered two blogs that I really like. One follows the guideline I have set for myself: go from the individual to the universal. The other follows no guidelines that I can discern other than that the author is a skilled writer, a professional gardener and a very good photographer.