I've been pretty frustrated with writing and blogging lately. Recently, the inspiration to write has been difficult to come by, and sometimes putting my thoughts into words on paper seems extremely difficult. But in the last couple of days I wanted to write creatively again, so I told me to stop feeling sorry for myself and just write. Most days I need to fight the feeling to just lie in bed and go on Netflix, which gets worse the longer I'm on Netflix, which makes studying and writing more difficult than before. But I realized that sometimes I just need to do it, regardless of how crappy my writing turns out to be; otherwise, I might as well stop calling myself a writer and give up this blog.
Which I have no intention of doing, I love this blog too much.
The problem with my blog (and all blogs in general) is that its only one person that's writing everything, and if you're not capable of posting a certain number of times, then the blog just dies quietly. This death does not really mean you stop writing, although that does happen occasionally, but more so that less readers are interested in your writing. And to every who says that they don't care about the number of readers that they have, that's total bullish*t. Everyone wants readers. We may differ in the number of readers that we want: maybe a few trusted friends, maybe even people who you've never met before. But the fact remains: we still want people to see our work. Otherwise, maintaining a blog would be pointless. A blog is a website that we share with the world, which inherently means that you want to share it with people. Even if its one or two other people. I'm feeling like I'm sort of asking one question that philosophers have been pondering throughout millennia: What's the point of doing things if you don't have a goal? Because a blog (and writing as a whole) is an activity that requires readers and other such participants, then maybe some standards need to placed. Why do things if you're only going to give 50%? Might as well give a hundred. This applies to blogging, and to life in general. Which brings me to the point of this post: that if you give enough effort, blogging can be an art form, in the same way as other types of writing are considered art forms. Some people seem to view blogs as just hobbies, which is alright, but I have this feeling that many bloggers tend to limit their blogs as only a way to create another thing, rather than the blog itself. I understand this concept, as one of the main reasons why I started this blog was to practice my writing skills. But that doesn't mean that we should treat our blogs in any way less than we would treat a novel, or a poem. Some of the blogs that I've found in my years of blogging have connected to me on a very personal level. What makes this less of a connection because this connection was made in a blog and not through a book? When your aim is to connect with others as a human, where does the art truly begin? It's really interesting to see how similar the intentions of all artists can be. And the main goal of artists, no matter from which walk of life they come from, is to create things. So here's my advice for all the other bloggers. I hope that bloggers start thinking of blogging as something that is just as capable of being admired as all the other forms of art that can be found out there. We are all artists here, even if some of us might reject that title. Only you can judge whether or not its worthy for the world to see.