Unlike many writers, I've never kept a diary, at least not long-term. My life's not that thrilling, and re-living it each day bores me to tears.
But my blog feels different. It has a theme in my writing journey (and hopefully even some forward momentum!). And, at least ostensibly, it's for other readers. The writer part of me agonizes over explaining everything exactly and perfectly. The teacher part of me loves sharing all my wise ponderings. But I also love having readers who share their own
insights, in their comments and on their blogs, and offer encouragement, support, and community.
So while I'm nearing Critically Yours' four year anniversary (yes, really, it's this summer!), and Google is pulling out of the reader business, and all the tech gurus are talking about what's next on the horizon now that blogging's apparently totally passé, I still love it. I still find meaning in it, too. Just last week I was thinking about how easily Project Fun has come together, and re-reading my archives (instead of actually writing, of course!) and remembering those good and hard times, my struggles with craft, my breakthroughs, and getting inspired all over again. Not to mention my various posts on moving, life overseas, my travels... it's all here!
Maybe, probably, that's narcissistic. And I certainly haven't used my blog to its fullest advantage--I don't publicize it widely, I don't participate in blog contests or book tours, I don't write on trendy subjects, or scour Stat Counter so I can capitalize on what interests my readers. I keep Critically Yours totally me.
But I won't be letting go anytime soon. I just hope, whatever future is in store for the technology, I can hold onto the archives!
Did you love blogs? And, in the meantime, has anyone found any good Google Reader alternatives?