Saturday, February 13, 2010
Happy blogiversary to me
Well, that didn't last long. Politics in 2008 were just too interesting to ignore, and enough bizarre stuff happens at work that posts on Adventures in Bureaucracy were inevitable. I do have a strong enough sense of self-preservation that I try to remember to refer to my employer as Large Namless Agency, at least when I'm writing about my personal experiences or impressions as one cog in a giant machine.
Over the past several years I've watched other blogs come and go. Some have gotten better, some worse, some of the bloggers I used to read on a regular basis got burnt out, and some decided to switch to different venues. It's like anything else -- once the new wears off, it can be hard to sustain an interest. I've gone through the usual mental gymnastics, too, the whole "who am I writing this for? Me? Friends and family? Or strangers who may or may not like what I've got to say?" One of the dangers inherent in blogging is it's easy to find yourself playing to (for?) an audience you may not have wanted. Approbation is nice, so it's tempting to start saying stuff you'll hope will garner a positive comment or two. Or a hundred. Everyone wants to have his or her existence acknowledged; bloggers are no exception.