The Other I

August 7, 2011

Whose blog is it anyway?

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 3:05 pm

It seems to be about once a year I ask myself why I keep writing this blog.  There must be a reason because it’s not a money-making venture and I’m not on a mission to convince anybody of anything.  I don’t see it as my small way of making the world a better place.

And so I must conclude, once again, that I keep writing it because I like spending 20 minutes or so each day writing about something that interests me.  Some topics are of passionate concern and I keep returning to them.  Some are merely fun or strike me as funny or are among the multitude of trivia that make up my own small piece of life.

But I keep running into a temptation. Any reader who also has a WordPress blog knows that it is possible to click on the site stats and find out immediately how many people have read the blog today and which posts they have clicked on.

And herein lies my temptation.  Over the years, the number of readers clicking on this blog has quietly increased.  I’ve never done anything to get publicity, but on some days, more than 200 people have hit it.  It’s a small number in the great scheme of blogging, but it’s big enough to dangle the suggestion that perhaps I could double that, or triple it or turn it into a multiple of 10 or 100.

And there in lies disaster for me.  All my motivation quietly changes from writing about myself, my struggles, my interests to wondering what other people would find interesting.  It’s an impossible question for me to answer in any case.  But even if I could, I can’t write this blog to be entertaining.  It’s just not what I have a talent for.  

I’m writing in order to think about things that I find important or intriguing or delightful or puzzling.

And so once again I feel gratitude to those who read this.  It is a great gift that I am not shouting into a black void.  And the only thing I can give in return is a small glimpse of what is usually my quite ordinary day and ordinary concerns.

Once again, thank you.

I can’t express how glad I am that you are out there.



  1. nor i how happy you risk what you do share what you do. i pick up the jewels and scatter them along my path – their chatoyance attracting others, enhancing and enriching. k


    Comment by Karen Peterlin — August 7, 2011 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  2. I’m glad you write – it is reassuring to know that there are people out there THINKING!! 🙂


    Comment by sanstorm — August 8, 2011 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

    • Thank you. It’s a compliment to hear my words called THINKING! But then, as I read your own blog, it’s obvious that thinking is something that you also value.


      Comment by theotheri — August 9, 2011 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

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