To Blog or Not to Blog: an Essay on the Joyful Tyranny of Blogging

I am a fairly recent convert to blogging, and in fact did not even know what the word blog meant until I looked it up on Wikipedia today.  The Macquarie dictionary I had was published long before blogs existed so I had to look online.

According to Wikipedia the word ‘blog’ is a portmanteau of the word web log.  I then had to research further as I didn’t know what a portmanteau is, although I recognise it is French, and it sounds like some sort of briefcase.  On further research I found out that it is a combination of two or more words or morphemes into one word.  To save a longwinded explanation of morphemes (also unknown to me previously) I will include a link to Wikipedia where it is explained clearly and concisely.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

Anyway I digress.  I was thinking recently about how many blogs there and the almost irresistible urge that comes over me at various times to sit down at my computer and either write something, or post some photos or embed videos, and all the millions (possibly billions?) of bloggers feeling the same.  Could this be described as Bloggomania and those who suffer the condition Bloggomaniacs?

This led me in turn to thinking what would have happened if great people such as Shakespeare had been able to blog.  Would Hamlet’s famous soliloquy that begins with:  “To be or not to be” suddenly morph into:  “To blog or not to Blog that is the question” and would Michelangelo spend hours at night uploading photos of his artwork in the Sistine Chapel.

Would Shakespeare have more followers than Maru the Cat, who has his own Facebook page and Twitter account, and would this make him jealous and post nasty comments on his blog.

Perhaps Wordsworth would be compelled to change his poem “I wandered lonely as a cloud” to “I wandered lonely as a blog” and Keats would be posting his  beautiful odes on his blog and obsessively checking his followers and likes.

What is it that makes us all want to blog?  For me it is the opportunity to share a part of myself with others and to connect on many different levels with people all over the world who may live differently and speak different languages, but in the words of the singer Goyte are also “desperate to connect”.   We are all part of the universal stream of consciousness, and blogs  bring us together on many levels.

There are so many talented and creative blogs out there:  blogs full of beautiful photography, great writers, cooking blogs that make me start drooling and funny blogs that have me laughing to myself like a madwoman.  There are sad blogs, political blogs, technology blogs, personal blogs, travel blogs, etc. etc.

Anyway, the main thing is that we are all getting an insight into the sameness/differences about us all through our blogs, and I have found myself inspired, touched and in awe of the content of some blogs and I love the way we are all connecting on some subconscious level through this interaction.  I think I will carry on blogging for quite some time as I am enjoying my adventures in cyberspace and the people I come across  with the click of my blogging button.

So carry on blogging but make sure you keep maintaining your relationships in the real world as well.  In the immortal words of the great bard  William Shakespeare (if he were a blogger):

“All the world’s a blog

And all the men and women merely bloggers:”

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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