Why Blog?

Discussing blogging with a friend recently made me assess my own reasons for blogging.


To highlight work and events – my own and others’.
To charm passers-by (hah! possibly); to introduce myself to readers.
To discuss things that concern and/or fascinate me.
To share information and ideas.
To encourage others.

Any other suggestions?

Meanwhile, I caught the lurgy over Ledbury final weekend: a summer cold with the usual sneezing, snuffling and losing of the voice. Now I’m into an overtime stint at the day job, so writing curtailed – but just time for a (very) quick blog.

Up the hills, bare woodland floor is green this year with mosses and young grasses:

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4 Responses to Why Blog?

  1. Blogging – you asked for other possible reasons. Here be a couple:

    a) To provide viewers / readers – and even oneself – with a (partial) record of artistic progression / achievement. To, so to write, provide an incomplete audit-trail – which, at least, acts as a tracing-ribbon, enabling the trail of work to be followed forward and/or backward, whilst acknowledging that not all “Is” are crossed nor all “Ts” dotted.

    b) (You did allow for this in your first point but I am just making it more explicit). To allow potential clients – i.e.publishers, etc to see one’s work – viz acting as a professional cv, with examples.

    My personal take on your second point is that I never try to charm visitors (ok why try the impossible? one might add). Interest, engage, fascinate, debate, argue, etc all yes but I do not try to charm. I rather take Evelyn Waugh’s foppish character’s view of charm, in a conversation with Charles Ryder, from Brideshead Revisited:

    “Charm is the great English blight. It does not exist outside these damp islands. It spots and kills anything it touches. It kills love; it kills art; I greatly fear, my dear Charles, it has killed you.”

    Sorry about your lurgy and surfeit of tied employment. The latter seldom troubled those Brideshead characters of independent means. Hope you are improved.

    I like your moss image. Far more English gardens should apply grass-killer and encourage moss: a wonderful, vibrant, springy carpet. Pure grass should be sought only for cricket grounds* – for other areas it should be kept back, for fear of discouraging moss or camomile or a wide variety of more interesting garden-carpets. Mind you, it is far better than concrete or gravel, save where a hard surface is a necessity – e.g. Tesco car parks.

    * And bowling-greens, if there is insufficient area for a cricket pitch. Soccer pitches, naturally, should be converted to cricket pitches immediately (I think that policy might actually be in HMG’s Coalition Agreement so to do).

    Toodle Pip.

    • Myfanwy Fox says:

      Cheers, James

      “A record” – yes! definitely.

      As for charm, well, rich folk don’t need to bother. For those of us at the bottom of the pile it’s rather important…

  2. Ron says:

    I blog for atta boys… cuz my mom’s dead so she can’t do it anymore… Or something like that lol

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