Nobody likes to do something for nothing at all for very long, so it’s no surprise that most blogs peter out and die after a while.
I started this blog exactly two years and nearly 250 posts ago on January 19, 2007. Back then I had vague ideas of writing posts as if they were the letters back to my family, something to replace the emails they’d for one reason or another stopped responding to over the years.
If you subscribe to this blog in a reader, by the way, that’s the sub-heading you’ll see.
Because I quickly realised how confining that would be, after about six weeks I dropped the letters and simply started writing about whatever I was doing, thinking about or had an urge to let loose on, occasionally indulging my wildest fantasies of being chief editor of The Onion and posting a photo or two to gussy it all up a bit.
So given the format change I suppose I should follow all the how-to sites out there and re-do everything, give it a punchy name and graphics and monetise my blog, but that whole thing just seems too much like work. I’d just rather concentrate on writing about what interests me and perhaps a few others out there.
The thought occurred to me only a couple of months ago, but in the process I hope to have built up something that one day my daughter will be able to read, so that she can learn about her old man in a way I never got to know mine.
Still, there are times when I ask myself why I keep doing this.
And, once in a while, the answer just lands like a bird on the balcony railing:
So Ian isn’t particularly hidden. But if you’re a fan of satire, irony, beautiful photography, a world-view wide as the horizon and occasional posts as poignant and touching as could be found, expat Ian in Hamburg’s point of view may be exactly what you’re looking for. His Desiderata for Bloggers, 20 Blogging Commandments and What If the Buddha Were Just Some Guy in His Mom’s Basement are as inspirational as a 2×4 to the head. Read him.
That comes from Linda, a most under-rated blogger who in the past nine months has not only rebuilt her life in the wake of Hurricane Ike, she’s kept her blog going and is now starting to get her writing published in “the real world.” Linda, it really touches me to know that my writing has been an influence on you, and I hope you keep at yours as far as you can take it.
In a comment a while back the author of Deutschland über Elvis needled me as usual: Now, 2009 is the year that both of us get published thanks to our heroic blogging efforts. What’s our plan?
Good question, HB8. We’re already getting published, aren’t we? Or did you mean for real?